Hello, I’m Alisa, Faculty President of Science and Medicine!
I am a 5th year Experimental Physicist, and my interests include artificial quantum materials, coffee, and the various cats you can meet on Lade Braes. Last year I served as Physics School President, and I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in various positions over the last few years on the committees of PhySoc, AstroSoc and SEG (St Andrews Engineering Group). Upon graduation, I am hoping to pursue a PhD in experimental condensed matter.
In my current role, I will spend the year working with Gianluca, the Faculty President of Arts and Divinity. Alongside our own initiatives, we represent the students on three main councils:
Education Committee/School Presidents Forum: Here, we meet with the School Presidents, as well as the Director of Education and Postgraduate Convener. This allows us to discuss specific School related issues, providing a platform of support and cooperation for the School Presidents. We also give input on University matters, providing perspectives from students in every department to institution-wide decisions.
Student Representation Committee (SRC): Here, Gianluca and I sit alongside other elected councillors. Most of the representatives have a non-academic remit, so we often weigh in on matters affecting academic student life.
Academic Council/Senatus Academicus: This is the highest academic body in the University. Here, we work alongside the Association President and Postgraduate Convener to represent the student voice to the University’s management.
There are a lot of committees and acronyms to keep up with, but in the end the point of all of this is to make your student experience at St Andrews better. So if you’re a Science or Medicine student, or even if you’re just taking a Science module, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. I’m open to comments, concerns, questions, suggestions and random fun facts.