Alison Kingan


Vice President Student Support

What this role involves:

Overseeing the Peer Support Service, being a Trustee of OUSET (Open University Students Educational Trust) the Students Association's Charity, raising issues with the OU that have an impact on students, and chairing a couple of Committees.

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

BA (Open) including History, Statistics and Psychology Modules

BSc (Hons) in Psychology

MSc in Psychology

Working towards BSc (Hons) Combined STEM, past modules include MU123 (Maths), TM111 (Computing and IT), and my current module is YXM130.

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

It is so long ago I can't remember why I decided to volunteer other than I met other students who were volunteering, and it seemed rude not to join them. Once I found volunteering made a difference to students, I continued. Many of my previous roles as an elected or appointed regional rep no longer exist. In addition to those, I have been the Communications Officer on the Disabled Students Group Committee, a forum moderator, a regional rep on the Central Executive Committee, student member of the Board of Trustees and I have been elected Vice President Student Support for a few years.

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

My aims are to some extent business as usual but this term will be focussed on how to expand that. I will continue as a Trustee of OUSET but also look at ways of raising money for the Charity. I am active on Facebook and respond to student queries there but I want to reach more students to discover their issues. I have shared information students might find useful but need to reach more students with that too. I would like to expand the Peer Support Service so more OU students benefit from the support of our wonderful Supporters.

Any other interests you'd like to share:

I know more about cricket than is healthy for one human being. I'm a dinosaur when it comes to most social media.

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