Danielle Smith


Student Member of Council

What this role involves:

As a member of the University's governing body, my role as Student Member of Council is not only to represent students at the highest level but also to advance the interests of the institution to ensure that the OU remains a well-run entity and remains compliant with its financial and regulatory obligations.

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

Professional Certificate in Management (Obtained 2002)

BSc (Honours) Open (Obtained 2018)

Currently studying the MA in Translation

Why you decided to volunteer (and any previous volunteering experience with the Association):

I've been volunteering with the Students Association since 2016 in a variety of roles. I have been a meet up host, degree ceremony volunteer, Central Committee Representative and was previously the elected Area Rep for England. I am passionate about ensuring we have a strong student voice that is heard right throughout the University and am always very interested in making sure that decisions made in the OU are for the benefit of students. But I also choose to volunteer because it gives me added experience and skills, a whole new group of friends and it really gives me a boost knowing that the work the Association does makes an impact for students. There is a lot of serious work that goes on, but it's so much fun and I would encourage anyone to get involved.

Summary of what you want to do in your role during the August 2020 – July 2022 term:

I made two key pledges in my election manifesto that I want to achieve:

  1. To maintain and strengthen the Student Voice by supporting the Association to achieve its strategic aims and to support other student representatives to do the same and...
  2. To continue to hold the University to account on the things that affect students where necessary but also to work in partnership with the University to deliver the best possible learning experience for students.

I also hope to contribute significantly to the ongoing work in relation to the Culture Review that was carried out in 2019 and to work with the rest of the CEC and staff team to increase our reach and engagement opportunities with students across multiple platforms.

Any other interests you'd like to share:

When I'm not entertaining myself studying or working in my day job in the NHS, I like to read, go to the cinema or out for walks. I'm a huge Foo Fighters fan and of rock/ indie music in general. In my spare time I'm often found at gigs enjoying some live music and having a darn good time. I also love to travel and explore new places and have many places left to tick off on my "To Visit" list including Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. My ultimate dream is to do a coast to coast road trip of North America in a classic convertible! 

Email: danielle.smith(at)