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Emmanuel Haruna: Education

Hi, my name is Emmanuel and I’m your Education Officer for the year 2018/2019. I got my Master’s degree in Oil & Gas Engineering with Management at the University of Huddersfield.  As a life principle, I love to give back to every system that I’ve benefitted from, in order to leave it better for the next generation. I’m an adventurous, welcoming and enthusiastic person.

Gathering from my personal experience as a student during my postgraduate degree and also as a Course Representative for my program, I will be working tirelessly and particularly, to make the academic experience of students better. Your education is my dedication; if it bothers you, it bothers me.

Beyond academic life, I’m more than happy and willing to give all the support I possibly can, feel free to walk up to me for a chat and God-willing, we will sort it. I don’t just want to be a voice for the students but a voice with the students, so don’t hesitate to get in touch and get involved.


My Objectives

This is a joint project with Registry. Following a paper presented at September UTLC meeting (University teaching and learning committee) approval has been granted for Registry to review and simplify the student handbook of regulations. This aims at ensuring a fairer and less punitive process/penalties as many students breach regulations in this area without necessarily intending to. Penalties for this breach are grievous and many don’t even know it.

It will also ensure there is a minimum standard/benchmark with which to measure schools to and with which to also hold them to account with, in terms of how students are to be supported. This is important because a breach in the regulations which in most cases are unintended errors can cost as much as £10,000 and more for an international student and between £6,000-8,000.


Over 60 peer mentors trained across campus most of which are in school of applied sciences to support and mentor students in lower years

Introducing a first time ever University wide peer mentoring awards aimed at giving out awards to Staff, students and schools for outstanding contributions to peer mentoring in order to celebrate and encourage the spirit and culture of peer mentoring as an initiative

A University steering group has also been established with academic representation from all seven schools. This group will continue driving the initiative of peer mentoring availability at school level that will feed directly into UTLC (University teaching and learning committee) which is the third highest decision making body in this University.

Worked with students to Introduce a peer mentoring society to create a community of peer mentors across campus in order to continue to support, encourage and drive peer mentoring as a positive initiative in all areas across the university (happening this January)

The purpose of the ceremony will be to present awards to staff, students and schools for outstanding contributions to Peer Mentoring, in order to celebrate and encourage the spirit and culture of Peer Mentoring as an initiative.

Creating a Peer Mentoring Society will bring Peer Mentors across campus together to continue to support, encourage and drive Peer Mentoring as a positive initiative in all areas of the University.

This is aimed at giving support to Post-Graduate Research students across campus, and developing a network of engaged PGRs to address the current challenge with underrepresentation.

This is a joint project with Registry, student volunteers and the Advice Centre, aimed at embedding academic integrity best practice across campus to address the increase in the number of students breaching University Regulations around academic integrity.

By starting up a mentoring scheme that provides mentors particularly for (but not limited to) first year PGRs on admission to the University, we will help them through their first steps as researchers which can sometimes be difficult and feel a bit isolating.

Why not visit Your Big Ideas page to see and vote on new ideas and find out what previous Officers have changed!