A Hello from your Home Rep, and an Introduction to my International Students’ Education Campaign!

Hi everyone!

My name is Lucy Pedrick, and I’m your Home Students’ Representative for this year on the ISC.
I want to tell you about my portfolio campaign this year, which is on Education. But first, a little bit about myself.

I’m a fourth (and final!) year European and International Law student here in Sheffield. Last year I did two exchange semesters – one at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands, and the second at the University of Oslo in Norway – so I’ve been an international student myself. I got involved with ISC because of this, and because I really hate defining myself as British; I see myself more as a ‘Global Citizen’. If you see me about on campus, ask me to introduce myself in your native language and see if I can prove it to you!!

Anyway, back to my campaign.

I’ve been asked to run a campaign on ‘Education’ issues that affect you guys as International Students. After a brainstorming session with Malaka, our inimitable Education Officer, I’ve decided to focus on plagiarism.

The majority of students accused of plagiarism (or use of unfair means, depending on departmental terminology) in their essays and exams are international students. I don’t think that’s fair, and I want to find out where the unfairness is creeping in, and why.
So I’m going to conduct research, digging through the University’s own data, putting out questionnaires and focus groups, and hopefully I’ll be able at the end of the year to figure out what’s been going on, and work out some solutions. The plan is to then present my findings to the University Senate (their highest decision-making body) by the end of the year.

If that sounds good to you, if it sounds horrendous, or if you have any thoughts or ideas about what I should do for the campaign, please please please get in touch! Remember I’m here to represent YOU and I can’t do that without your help.

Feel free to contact me at the ISC email address, in the comments below on this blog, or at my personal email: lpedrick1@sheffield.ac.uk.

Looking forward to hearing from you! See you all at World Week! #WorldWeek2014 #SpreadTheWorld #WeAreInternational

Who are the Reps? – 2014

The representative committee of the ISC consists of 8 representatives and the inclusions and welfare officer. The representatives each represents and supports students from a different region of the world, so if you are facing any difficulties please do contact your regional representative and they will do their best to help. Representatives also liaise with the national societies within their respective region when it comes to ISC events and supports these societies with their events and to utilise the resources on offer in the Students’ Union.

 In addition to this, each representative will be in charge of a portfolio which focuses on a different group of international students or an key issues international students face. These portfolios are Women, Mature, Post Graduate and Part-Time Students, LGBT students and Sheffield International College and English Language Teaching Centre students, Sports and Education. During the course of the year each representative will organize a campaign with the support of the Campaigns and Inclusions officer and the Welfare Committee.
The representative committee is comprised of

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.14.33 African Representative:Ammaarah Sachedina
Ammaarah represents all African students and societies will be in charge of the Sheffield International College and English Language Teaching Centre students portfolio.
Email: asachedina2@sheffield.ac.uk

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.10.07European Representative: Ana Gabriela Popa
Ana represents all European students and societies and will be in charge of Disabled and Dyslexic students portfolio.
Email: agpopa1@sheffield.ac.uk


Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 02.01.50Middle Eastern Representative: Alaa Al Sairafi
Alaa will represent all students and societies from the Middle East and will be in charge of the Women’s portfolio.
Email: aaaalsairafi1@sheffield.ac.uk


Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 02.12.00East Asian Representative: Xiaoke Xu
Xiaoke represents all East Asian students and societies and will be in charge of the Sports portfolio.
Email: xxu14@sheffield.ac.uk

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.10.03South East Asian Representative: Santhana Gopalakrishnan
Santhana represents students and societies from South East Asia and will be in charge of the LGBT portfolio.
Email: Sgopalakrishnan1@sheffield.ac.uk

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.10.12South Asian Representative: Ishita Ranasinghe
Ishita represents students and societies from South Asia and will also serve as the Cultural National Societies Liaison for Societies committee and will works to support and represent national societies.
Email: Ipranasinghe1@sheffield.ac.uk

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.09.38Campaigns and Inclusions officer: Devarshi Shukla
Devarshi will support the campaigns mentioned and will also chair the Welfare sub-committee of the ISC.
Email: dshukla1@sheffield.ac.uk

The representative committee will also include a Home Rep and an Americas rep who will be elected at the upcoming EGM.

To contact your regional representative or if you’re  interested in getting involved in the campaigns please do email them.