Nicola Boffee

My role:

As VP Student Support, I will be available as a contact link between students, academic staff and the OU Student Support team. I will hold termly drop-in sessions that any students can attend, and raise any concerns or suggestions they would like to be discussed with the Support team. Additionally, I will be advocating a new marking procedure for students with specific learning difficulties, to ensure the marking process achieves equity for all students.

My priorities for this term:

My priorities for this term are to collaborate with academic staff and students to identify strategies we can implement at the OU to improve learning support and marking for students with specific learning disabilities. I also hope to identify strategies the OU can use to reduce student anxiety and promote student self-esteem. Overall, I am hoping to promote equity over equality – to ensure the playing field is levelled for all students, regardless of background.

What I’ve been up to and what I’m currently working on:

For the past few months, I have been volunteering as a Mental Health Feedback Liaison for the NHS, collecting patient feedback on mental health services. Currently, I am working on my final exam for year two of my degree, and planning for my role as VP Student Support.

What I’m studying:

I am studying BSc Psychology, and I am about to start my final year.

What I do when I’m not studying:

When I am not studying, I spend time with my miniature dachshund puppy, Anubis. I also enjoy baking, reading crime thrillers and collecting humorous t-shirts.

My top study tips:

  1. When preparing an essay, first write down everything you can think of for the essay. Then, go back through the information and apply the PEEL (Point, Explain, Evidence, Link) format before doing anything else. This will give you a record of all of your reading and ideas, and help you organise the essay!
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! You don’t need to struggle on your own to achieve your qualification. Your tutors, forums and even your friends can help you make sense of the work you have to do. Sharing ideas and proofreading each other's work can really help.

Where to find me:


My manifesto