Rose Bennett - Postgraduate students' officer

Hey there, I’m Rose - your Postgraduate Students’ Officer. I am responsible for representing postgraduate students, who make up 40% of the student body here at the Guild of Students and the University. If you are taught or research student and have any concerns during your time at Birmingham, whether it be academic issues, graduate teaching related issues, welfare, inclusion and representation (or anything else that affects your PG experience) feel free to email me, find me on Facebook or meet me for a coffee! This is a brand new full-time post and one of the first of its kind in the country so I really value your input on how to make it work best for you.

Rose Bennett - Postgraduate Students Officer

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My manifesto

Rose Bennett - Postgraduate Students' Officer Manifesto

officer action plan - Progress Reports

The below outlines progress against key points in my Officer Action Plan. Click each heading to collapse / view progress updates. If you have any questions regarding these, I'd be happy to discuss. Please feel free to get in touch using the 'Contact Me' section above.

Progress Status

100% Complete
  • Reviewed the communications we send out to postgraduates from the Guild and created online booklets that are sent out via email on registrationSept 2016
  • Created the ‘Postgraduate Guide’ which was distributed during Welcome Week and throughout the year – this is also an online resourceSept 2016
  • Worked with C&M to create a postgraduate welcome page on the websiteSept 2016
  • Worked with PGMSA to deliver a fully packed week of events that were incredibly well attended and got amazingly positive feedbackSept 2016
  • Worked with Student Groups to created Guild-led postgraduate only welcome events which were also well received Sept 2016
  • Worked with the University Graduate School to create monthly inductions for PGRs who arrive outside SeptemberSept 2016

Progress Status

50% Complete
  • Research Suite in the new library – I made sure it was open for MRes and all PGR students as well as just PhDMarch 2017
  • Westmere opening some of its events up to PGTsMarch 2017
  • First ever Postgraduate Ball (for PGRs and PGTs)June 2017
  • Lobbying for a Graduate Hub buildingOngoing
  • Dedicated PGT space is on the education plans for many schoolsOngoing
  • Got a question about study space included in the PTES and PRESOngoing

Progress Status

90% Complete
  • Working with the PGMSAOngoing
  • Higher response rate from PGs in annual Guild Survey March 2017
  • Re-brand of PTES and PRES surveys and better communications around them March 2017
  • Got a 75% mandate in the recent Officer Elections March 2017
  • Meet regularly and have contact with students to hear what their issues are Ongoing
  • Involved PG reps in PGT structural review and PG pre-arrival communications projectPRO Ongoing






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Meet your officer team

Every year, you elect fellow students to your Officer Team, who represent you and lead your union. Each Officer has their own roles and remit which you can view below. You have a chance to make sure your elected Officers are doing what they said they will, by attending Officer Question Time held each term.

 Ellie Keiller - Guild President 2016-17
Natalie Cox - Activities & Development Officer 2016-17
Chris Wilkinson - Education Officer 2016-17
Izzie Nicholds - Housing & Community Officer 2016-17
Rose Bennett - Postgraduate Officer 2016-17
Brandon Hattiloney - Representation & Resources Officer 2016-17
Georgie Freeman - Sports Officer 2016-17
Ross Strong - Welfare Officer 2016-17

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