Jessica Small - Postgraduate Officer

Hi, I’m Jessica, your Postgraduate Officer. Postgraduates make up 50% of the student body here at Birmingham and it's my job to make sure that they're well represented, supported and provided for during their time with us. I will fight for a better deal for postgraduate students, ensuring your voice is heard loud and clear. I’ll work closely with the PGMSA to deliver dedicated postgraduate events and develop the PG community at the Guild. If you are a postgraduate taught or research student and have any concerns or questions during your time at Birmingham feel free to email me, find me on Facebook or meet me for a coffee.

Jessica Small - Postgraduate Officer

My Manifesto

Jessica Small - Postgraduate Officer Election Manifesto 2018-19 Click to enlarge

Officer Action Plan - Progress Reports

Manifesto Key Actions Outcomes Comments Progress (%)

Widening Participation

  • Research best practice at other Universities; Make a case for the introduction of means tested bursaries for students; lobby for a widening participation strategy at the university 


  • Introduction of bursaries for PGT students; a more inclusive environment at Birmingham

Widening Participation is looking to be included in the universities new postgraduate strategy; Research into the use of bursaries has been completed and will now form a plan to put to the university.


PG study space

  • Find spaces on campus for ring-fenced PG study space 

  • Lobby the University to introduce these

  • More PG study space 

  • Ring-fenced PGT spaces 

Have met with the various staff from the university graduate school and library services; the university are looking to introduce some form of physical or virtual space on campus for postgraduates in the future


Accountability and transparency 

  • Review the current accountability structures 

  • Edit bye-laws 

  • Introduce office hours 

  • More PG study space 

  • Ring-fenced PGT spaces 

Accountability structures have been reviewed with the introduction of the scrutiny panel put forward for the next term; office hours will be introduced in term 2 


PGR mental health 

  • Research best practice at other Universities 

  • Review the schemes in place at Birmingham

  • Talk to DAMSA to discuss issues affecting students 

  • An improvement in how both the guild and the university treat pgr students and approach their mental health; an understanding of the unique issues

Met with university around this issue and attended meetings around PGR mental health; University have made a commitment to a counsellor within westmere for a few days a week; guild have produced a report into PG and International mental health; looking into doing a wellbeing week in term 2. 


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