Access and Funding Officer – My job is to ensure that everyone, regardless of background, feels comfortable and confident in applying to Cambridge. This might mean that I skype schools to talk about Cambridge and answer any questions they have, or trying to implement policies and create schemes that will help encourage under-represented groups to apply. As well as this, I also aim to bring the discourse surrounding access to current students, as it is a complex issue that permeates society in general. This can take the form of access forums, or encouraging people to visit schools and volunteer in the different access events we run in Cambridge!
I ran for CUSU office because I felt limited in what I could do as a JCR Access Officer. Some of the work I wanted to do was limited by the resources of college, and this position allows me to try to coordinate across colleges and indeed the university to create viable, effective and successful initiatives to benefit everyone involved.
My top priority this year is increasing the diversity and inclusivity of schemes the university runs. A lot of good work is being done, but these need to be more targeted to allow specific groups of students to benefit from the events. I will be writing a proposal in an attempt to bring about this change. I will also be aiming to provide more support to students after they have received their offers, through mentoring, in an attempt to reduce the size of any attainment gaps between certain demographics to reduce the risk of missing an offer. Another priority is the creation of an online database that allows for a direct comparison between colleges so students feel they can make an informed decision.
Studied: Natural Sciences (Chemistry) at Christ’s College
What do you do when you’re not at CUSU?
Row, sing and learn languages in a nut shell. You may also find me dancing the night away, it’s a guilty pleasure of mine.
Favourite place in Cambridge?
As cheesy as it may sound, wherever my friends are. Whether it be a sweaty nightclub or sitting on the top of the tower in college, no matter where we found ourselves, we always had a great time together.