The Director of Education is responsible for matters relating to education, postgraduate studies, and employability.
Hey! I’m Zachary Davis, your first Director of Education. I was elected into this new position by the student body in March of 2017. I’ve been actively involved in academic representation during my time as an undergraduate when I served as the School President of Chemistry, advocating for improved feedback, in addition to increasing transparency. I’m excited for the year ahead to help lay the foundation of this new sabbatical position and use my time effectively to ensure your voices are heard.
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 21 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.
Study Spaces - This year I want to take a close look at our available study spaces. Revision week in the library can be tough at times and I want to help in highlighting alternative study spaces through a new study space guide.
Learning - I am also very invested in technology enhanced learning, and I want to help the University in ensuring new and innovative teaching methods and aids, such as lecture capture, are effectively used throughout Schools.
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. I also want to ensure continued postgraduate involvement at Education Committee meetings, through the inclusion of PG relevant agenda points.
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.