The Director of Education is responsible for matters relating to education, postgraduate studies, and employability.
Hi! My name is Amy Bretherton and i am your Director of Education 2019/20. Within my remit I cover the areas of education (unsurprisingly), postgraduate studies, and employability. You can read into each of these areas a bit more below. I also serve as a trustee of both the Students’ Association and the University of St Andrews. As a student representative my main focus is to ensure that your voices regarding these matters are heard by the university. Please feel free to contact me anytime through email or pop into the sabbatical office on the first floor of the Students’ Association. Also follow me on twitter to keep up to date on what I’m doing day to day.
Academic Representation - I lead the Education Executive Committee, consisting of the two Faculty Presidents and the PG Academic Convener. In addition I train and support the 23 School Presidents and 350+ Class Reps. Myself and the School Presidents meet weekly at Education Committee which are complemented by the School Presidents Forum, which the Rector, Deans of Science and Arts, and the Proctor also attend. These platforms allow for us to address major issues relating to learning and teaching in the University.
University Committees - I work closely with the Proctor’s Office and other University staff to work on policies and ensure the high level of teaching St Andrews is known for is maintained and improved upon. I also uphold the student voice on numerous University committees such as Learning & Teaching Committee and the Academic Monitoring Group.
Efficient Learning: This year I want to work on efficient learning within the University, whether that be with the extension policy, entry to honours or on feedback and module handbooks. My door is always open and I want to work with the new School Presidents and Class Representatives to foster a sense of community and transparency.
Learning - I also want to continue the good work already done on lecture capture and technological learning, helping the University in ensuring new and innovative teaching methods and aids are effectively used throughout Schools. Additionally, I want to look into improving school websites and mentoring schemes.
PG Affairs - Postgraduates make up a significant portion of our student cohort, however their voice and sometimes get lost amongst the undergraduates. I want to ensure postgraduates have their own unique platforms within their Schools though which they can air any concerns or issues they are having - this means having an appropriate number of Postgraduate class reps to give their cohort a voice. I also want to ensure continued postgraduate involvement at Education Committee meetings, through the inclusion of PG relevant agenda points.
Events: It is important to work with School Presidents to create Postgraduate events in each school that are interesting and engaging, giving Postgraduate students the opportunity to build community within each school. This could also be in the field of inter-departmental events, so no student feels restricted exclusively to the school they study in.
PG Executive Forum - I sit on the PG Executive Forum alongside the PG Academic Convener and PG Reps from each School. This provides a place for PG issues to be heard and discussed with the Deans of Science and Art.
Careers Centre - As part of my employability remit I work alongside the Careers Centre to aid School Presidents and Class Reps to put on engaging careers events. Each School President aims to put on at least one event per semester. I wish to open up relevant career events to whole faculties so that all students can benefit from them, as well as encouraging the new Careers Centre 'pop up stalls' within schools.