Hello! Welcome to my blog.
My name is Lottie, and I am a first year Education student studying at the University of Southampton. I have set up this page on my blog to track my campaign for VP Education and Democracy.
I should note: my name is Charlotte, and on the vote it will display as Charlotte James.
“This is why we really liked working with you – you take on things that are unfair for others even though it isn’t as unfair for you.”Anonymous, former colleague
Hello! I’m Lottie and I’d like to be your VP Education and Democracy. My focus is prioritising
your voice and ensuring you’re represented by SUSU. This can mean a lot of things, but I’d
like to concentrate on your wellbeing, your education, your right to make change, and
through this, your overall experience.
你好! 我是競選VP Education and Democracy一職的Lottie 我的競選的重點是把你們的聲音傳達給學生會SUSU，確保學生的意見能被接納。不過，這個可以代表很多東西，所以我想專注在大家的心理健康 學業 權利 讓同學都能做出改變 擁有最好的大學體驗。
I don’t want you to be disappointed by your representatives. I want to make sure that you
receive a good quality education. I will hold faculties accountable for student feedback and
ensure students get the opportunity to provide feedback and raise concerns with their
representatives. Your feedback should be taken seriously and into consideration with
decision-makers at the university when discussing your education. I want to tie the role of
the personal academic tutor into your studies by providing frequent communication and
support for you, not just for your education, but also for your future and your wellbeing.
I believe your voice is loud enough to create the change you want to see which is why I want
to create a SU that works for and with students, an election process that engages and
empowers students, and for everything we do at SUSU to be accessible for students. I want
to prepare for the future by providing life and digital skill workshops for both teaching staff
and students, and ensure new students feel at home when they move into their halls in
If elected, my main focus during my year as VP Education and Democracy will focus on the following 宣言:
- Mental health is prioritised for all students alongside their education.
- Faculties are accountable for student feedback and implementing buddy schemes.
- Standardisation for personal academic tutors.
- Student voice and feedback is prioritised and voting is accessible.
- 優先處理學生建議 確保學生有權利評價和投票
- Students offered free life and digital skills workshops.
I chose these points because they’re important to me, and I hope they’re equally important to you. I shouldn’t have to say ‘prioritise mental health’ but I feel it is still a point that needs to be said, just in case it is ever put aside. Your mental health should never be put aside and I will work hard to make sure it is never put aside. I want your voice, your feedback and your views to be recognised, understood, prioritised and used to improve education, experience, welfare services and your future. Faculties should not get away with avoiding student feedback and course representatives are the key to this. I also want you to feel prepared for the future in this everchanging digital society, we see too many Tumblr memes about not knowing how to budget, to do taxes, to move out, feeling unprepared for the ‘real world’ and I want more priority on this – you can Google how to create a CV, it’s not as straight forward as paying your council tax or understanding your credit score. I’m not suggesting there shouldn’t be workshops for CV’s, but I feel there are other areas that should also take priority.
“In the incredibly short time Lottie has been a student at the UoS, her efforts have gone above and beyond, and exceeded those of anyone else I’ve seen to fight for student’s needs and rights. She speaks loudly and determinedly on behalf of all.”Skye Vorbrich, UoS Geophysics student
So why me? I have extensive experience in education and supporting unions, making me an
ideal candidate for VP Education and Democracy.
- Led the successful petition of the 2020/21 UoS halls refund.
- As an Education course representative, listened and voiced student feedback, including less breakout rooms, more skills and assignment workshops, deadline dates, and created a space for students to communicate and collaborate online.
- Created materials for starting university for offer-holders, including budget trackers, information for mature learners, resources for mental health, an in-depth FAQ, and provide specific support, guidance, and preparing for university tips.
- Part of the Learner Voice Practitioners Network to enhance learner voice and student representation across the UK.
- Led the SU at my previous college, leading successful campaigns into sustainability and accessibility, and ran digital and life skills workshops.
- New technology implemented by our Senior Management Team, at the college, I ensured student views were prioritised.
- Co-managed eight students supporting training staff and students on technology at a vocational college.
- As part of the National Society of Apprentices Leadership Team, I discussed mental health, furlough, teacher wellbeing, and career progression for students as part of the COVID-19 parliamentary committee; and demonstrated how to use digital tools to enhance remote delivery to provide consistent, high-quality education, as well as supporting student mental health in the Netherlands.
“Lottie’s passion for education and innovation is unrivalled. She has consistently demonstrated a genuine desire to improve the learning experience, prioritise mental health and push for more and more innovation in education. She is the ideal candidate to represent her fellow students’ interests.”Priya Lakhani, OBE, former colleague
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my manifesto, my rambling as an extra description of why I want to represent you and I really hope you can trust in me to represent you next year. If you’d like to follow my campaign, click on the Facebook and Instagram icons above.
All my love,