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James Perkins

Music BMus (Hons)

Former Vice-President Education for the Students' Union and alumnus of City University London.

Who are you?

James Perkins, Former Vice-President Education

Which degree course did you undertake at City, University of London and when did you graduate?

I did a BMus (Hons) Music degree and graduated in 2012.

What activities/societies were you involved in as a student?

I was an active programme rep, I set up the City University London Big Band along with my friend Andy and other, generally music-related, activities.

What does your role at the Students' Union entail?

I train and support programme representatives, campaign on academic and student welfare issues and generally try and improve the quality and standards of academic activity throughout the institution at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

How did you get involved?

I was a programme rep for two years and then was elected to represent the School of Arts as a part-time officer in the Students' Union for 2011-12. This was like being Vice-President Education but on a more local level and I felt I had more to give and wanted to support students across the institution.

What are your key aims as part of the Students' Union?

  1. An academic community where undergraduate or postgraduate students can feel at home and also share and learn from each other
  2. Equal opportunities for students who self-define as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME), Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT), disabled or female students to feel that they can actively participate in their university experience across the board
  3. Thorough student voice through representation with democratic elections and course changes
  4. Clear ways for students to engage in education policy within the Students' Union
  5. Improved sense of community for postgraduate students.

What is the best part of your role?

Training programme reps for sure - near to 1,000 of the most dedicated and incredible people I have ever had the privilege to meet in the last three years.

What do you enjoy about City?

Being part of one of the most diverse cities and institutions in the world.

What are you hoping to do after you complete your term at the Students' Union?

Hold that thought - I am still trying to work out what I want to do next week!