Hello / Shwmae, my name’s Jake and I’m your Vice President Postgraduate Students. My role is to represent all postgraduate students, taught or research, at Cardiff University. I’m halfway through studying a master’s degree in Politics and Public Policy, taking a year out to undertake this role. I grew up in South Oxfordshire, attending The Henley College where I studied A-Levels in Government and Politics, English Language and Literature and Economics. I moved to Cardiff in 2013 to study for my undergraduate degree in Politics, graduating with a First in 2016.
During my time at Cardiff University I’ve been heavily involved with many societies, serving on the executive committees of the Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Book Club and Students For Europe societies. I’ve represented students on my course as a Student Rep and served as an elected Student Senator and NUS Delegate in the Students’ Union. I’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to dysgu Cymraeg (learn Welsh) through the Welsh for All programme. I love living in Cardiff and always enjoy exploring the city and the Welsh culture that lies at its heart.
My experiences as a Cardiff University undergraduate and then postgraduate, and a desire to improve the university experience for our diverse postgraduate community, led me to stand for this role in the 2017 elections. I was subsequently elected and began my term of office in June 2017.
My priorities for this year include:
- Supporting undergraduates with the transition to postgraduate study.
- Securing more clarity around pay and rights for PhD students who teach.
- Increasing study space opening hours.
- Improving financial and academic advice for part-time postgraduates.
- Helping postgraduates with welfare issues around housing, finances and mental health.
If you’re having any issues while at university, or have any ideas about how we can improve our university or union, you can contact me anytime or come and see me on the 3rd floor of the Students’ Union.
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