RUSU Education Officer – Lillie-Mae Firmin

Since joining the University, I have loved being involved with the Union. In my first year, I became a Course Rep and enjoyed it so much that I became a School Rep in my second year! Through these roles within the Union, I have gained a great deal of experience in providing support for students, specifically in regards to educational matters. Having studied a Primary Education degree, I am passionate about teaching and education, and believe that we are all entitled to the best education that the University of Reading can offer.

As your Education Officer, one of my main priorities is to introduce mid-modular feedback throughout the University, in order to ensure that students and educators are working together to improve the quality of education. Mid-modular feedback would allow changes to happen in real time as opposed to being implemented in the future.

Secondly, I will work to ensure that there are more study spaces across both campuses throughout the 2026 Transform. I would work with the University to provide later opening times on study spaces, provide easily accessible resources both online and on campus and improve computer access across both campuses.

Thirdly, I will campaign for a printing allowance for every student, as well as extended allowances for those studying an arts based degree. Multiple universities around the UK offer this allowance, so why can’t we?

Summary

  • Introduce mid-modular feedback: Frequent feedback to ensure that changes happen in real time.
  • More study spaces: Ensure easily accessible spaces across both campuses, with computer access and adequate plug sockets!
  • Printing allowance: An allowance system starting with a yearly allowance and progressing to termly for more heavy printing-based courses.

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