December 3, 2019, by brzrae1

Preparing for April – student involvement

This April cohort is a first for the University. There is extensive input from staff in the school and across the University to ensure that the student experience and all supporting processes are in place for your start. There is an operational School Project Team, and a wider University Programme Board.

We truly value the input and views our students too, (in fact the first people our School Management Team asked about our dual intake idea was the student Learning Community Forum Reps), and there is much student representation on the Programme Board. Two important student reps are Olivia Bass and Cassie Ulrich.

“Hello, I’m Olivia. I’m working hard with two groups of students: the Guild (the students’ union branch on Sutton Bonington Campus) and VetSoc (the society made up solely of vet students who organise events for vet students) to make sure your student experience, as pioneers for the dual cohort, is equal to that of the September cohort.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been organising your Welcome Week, which will happen when you arrive in April. We want to ensure you have the best fresher’s experience possible. We have organised events that include both cohorts, to give you a chance to get to know the September cohort so you can ask any questions you may have. More details will be released soon – we don’t want to ruin some of the surprises yet!

We’ve also been working hard to make sure you have sports and societies functioning over the summer months, by appointing student ambassadors. Finally VetSoc are working on the new BigVet-LittleVet scheme and you will be introduced to your ‘big vets’ before you arrive. We are looking forward to seeing you in April at the best vet school in the country!”

Olivia Bass – Dual Intake Project Coordinator


“I’m Cassie, the current Education Officer for the University of Nottingham Students’ Union (SU). When you start your course in April, you’ll automatically become a member of the SU. We’re here to help you get involved, find support and make change. I’ve been supporting the dual-intake programme to ensure that the student voice and experience has been considered for the April cohort. Most of this has been through inputting into meetings with staff and students about things like accommodation, transportation, support services, and sports and activities. I’ll also be coordinating planning between the Guild and the SU with some of your Welcome Week events.

As the Education Officer, I’m primarily responsible for representing the academic interests of students to the University and campaigning for change to improve your experience. I couldn’t do this without the elected student reps within your school. If you’re interested, you’ll have the opportunity to become a course rep once your course begins! Your interests and experience will be represented by your school reps, the full-time elected SU officer team, and also by the student-led Guild. The Guild supports and gives a voice to all students studying at Sutton Bonington Campus, while also organising a great programme of events and activities, including Welcome Week.”

Cassie Ulrich – Education Officer, University of Nottingham Students’ Union

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