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Projects and Priorities

  • Make sure the student voice is heard and acted upon

    Working on it

    This will be done by making sure that the New Provost is accessible and accountable to students through the development of a Student Manifesto, and making sure that they receive and consider this document.

    Update 24/05/21

    Provost manifesto project completed. Researches student opinions, analysed this and compiled into a document for the Provost. Outlines the 10 priorities for students, aligning them with Sabb priorities and work that is already underway. Presented this to the provost who had a number of questions and engaged very positively. As a result, I am having a follow up session with the provost to do a deep dive as to how the issues outlined by students can be addressed.

  • Reduce financial barriers for students so that they can succeed in their education

    Working on it

    I will do this by reviewing the accessibility of the Financial Assistance Fund, revisiting the Additional Programme Costs work previously undertaken within UCL, and by making sure that the provision of bursaries is an integral part of assessing fee levels. I will also focus on additional costs to study by reviewing the requirement to print dissertations and commissioning further research into the costs associated with graduation ceremonies.

    Update 24/05/21

    Working group was disbanded however I am still pushing for this issues to be addressed. Will be working with LDC on the FAF.

    Promoting FAF and Advice Service for students to access money when they need it. Worked with UCL on producing CMA compliance report, surveying student reps.

    Currently prioritising tuition fee refunds for all students and working on a national campaign both within UCL SU and with SUAF coalition. Organised SUAF Day of Action and taking on SUAF Lead for UCL. Organising for in person tuition fee protest.

  • Decolonise UCL to make its education truly inclusive for all students

    Working on it

    I will achieve this by lobbying UCL to implement the findings from the Eugenics Inquiry, and working with the Black and Minority Ethnic Students' Officer on the issue of renaming UCL buildings. 

    I will also seek to take steps within quality review processes, including embedding the Inclusive Curriculum Healthcheck and promoting the place of students in making the curriculum more inclusive through the role of Student Curriculum Partners.

    Update 25/05/21

    Working with UCL in renaming buildings named after eugenicists. Reviewed plaque on history of eugenics which is to be placed in re-named building.
    Developed and delivered training on race, equality, decolonisation and the ICH to academic representatives.

    Also now a member of the BAME awarding gap working group, actively taking steps to address these issues. Organising BAME conference, which I will be speaking at. Meeting with the Nominations Committee for UCL Council, ensuring diversity is being considered in the process.

  • Making education more accessible and supportive to students

    Working on it

    I will do this by lobbying UCL to ensure they change the Lecturecast polcy to opt out rather than opt in, and by working with UCL to ensure captioning and transcription are included in lecture recordings across UCL.

    I will also work to reform the process for Extenuating Circumstances and Interruption of Studies, so that they support students rather than being barriers.

    Update 24/05/21

    Working with UCL to draw up Lecturecast policy for the future, also working to develop the operating model for next year. Ideas about where online teaching fits into a post lockdown world are being considered, with accessibility at the centre of these conversations. Developing a paid internship opportunity for students to work alongside UCL and the SU in revamping policy relating to EC's. Currently collecting data and conducting research in partnership with UCL. Worked with UCL to put in place mitigations for this year in the form of a NDP. The resulting package was insufficient, although there are some aspects which will benefit some students. Continuing to work with UCL to draw up more necessary mitigations to support students.

Get to know Ayman

I stood for election because UCL is one of the top universities in the world. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always feel like this. For that reason, I decided to run in the Leadership Race. I want to enact real change to the academic experience so that UCL really feels like the 10th best university in the world.

This year the current Coronavirus crisis has completely changed the way we go about our lives - education is by no means immune to these changes. In the space of a few weeks, all learning has been digitised. We’ve seen a complete overhaul of the extenuating circumstances system. I want to make sure we don’t go back on any of this progress. Rather I want to make sure we continue to make progress in this direction.

Read my manifesto here