FACULTY ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVE (WELS): NICHOLA CONNOLLY

Biography

Name: Nichola Connolly

Role: Faculty Association Representative for Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)

What this role involves:

Communicating with students to enable their voice to be heard within the WELS faculty, and creating an inclusive community whereby students feel involved and empowered to express their opinions and get their voice heard.

What you’ve studied and are studying at the OU:

I started with Access module Y032 – People, Work and Society in 2018. I'm aiming for a BA Hons in Primary Education Studies. I have studied E102 (Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology), E103 (Learning and teaching in the primary years), E209 (Developing subject knowledge in the primary years) and KE206 (Making a difference in children and young people’s lives). I will start E309 (Comparative and international studies in primary education) and EK313 (Issues in research with children and young people) in October.

Why you decided to volunteer and any previous volunteering with the association:

I got involved with the Students Association in 2018, after attending the conference as a new student. I wanted to be a part of the larger student community and give something back, whilst learning new skills. I started by attending a graduation ceremony in 2019, helping on the OUSA merchandise stall. Since then, I have become a forum moderator, association online meet-up host, have done a term as a Central Committee Rep on the WELS Faculty Assembly, and have just been reappointed as a CCR on the WELS Faculty Assembly.

Summary of what you want to do in your role:

I want to increase the level of engagement between the faculty and its students – to include more students being involved across the faculty, with a wider, more diverse presence of students being able to contribute. I would also like to play my part in improving the relationships between students and the Students Association, as often students do not understand the membership to the Students Association or what it stands for. I would like to change the perception of the Students Association, and be able to facilitate a more open and engaging relationship.

Any other interests you’d like to share?

I play the guitar and keyboard, as well as trying to compose music and song lyrics. I also enjoy reading and writing poetry.

Social: Facebook, Twitter

Email: nichola.connolly[AT]open.ac.uk