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Widening Access and Participation Officer

Hi! I'm Tooba Shah, your SRC Widening Access and Participation Officer for 2020/21.

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Tooba Shah

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About my position

Being your WA&P Officer means communicating with students from widening access backgrounds and listening to their concerns, whether they are financial, social, or just general. By listening to students’ concerns and experiences, I can promote widening access initiatives and provide support, ensuring that students from widening access backgrounds are well-represented in the student body.

How my position affects you

University can be a daunting and unfamiliar place for many students, especially if they have specific concerns that can make them feel isolated. My position ensures students feel comfortable knowing there is a member to represent their concerns. This position specifically listens to WAAP students experiences and worries, ensuring that proper structure and support can be put in place to better their time at university and of the future students too. For example, promoting funds, scholarships and bursaries, advocating for more affordable accommodation and encouraging university outreach in schools. It is essential to support students through their time at university and give them a sense of belonging.

About me

I am originally from Pakistan and moved to Scotland when I was 7 years old. I have lived in Glasgow since. I am a second year student, studying International Relations. Coming from a working class area, I can recognise the difficulties people may face prior to coming to university and their perception of St Andrews. I wanted to be in a position where I could use my voice to highlight the concerns of widening access students.

Groups I work with

I sit on the Wellbeing and Equal Opportunities subcommittees.

Previous holders

Note that the position title was Member for Widening Access until 2014/15, and Member for Widening Access and Participation until 2021/22.

Year Name Resources
2021/22 Sophie Craig


2020/21 Tooba Shah


2019/20 Britt McArdle

2018/19 Ciara McCumiskey

2017/18 Ciara McCumiskey

2016/17 Christopher Wilde

2015/16 Maxwell Speirs

2014/15 Daniel Granville

2013/14 Ben Anderson

2012/13 Avalon Borg

2011/12 Claire Simmonds