The OCA Student Association is not like most student unions. We're different, just like the students we represent. In 2020 the Student Association was reformed to have a structure based on value-led representatives rather than just degree pathways. Our Reps try to cover the different aspects of student life.
We're also not like student unions that you will find in a brick-and-mortar university. The OCA is a part-time distance learning institution. We fit our studies around our busy daily lives. Likewise, our Reps are total volunteers, who have to fit in their Exec Committee responsibilities on top of their studies and their daily lives!
OCA SA Reps don't receive any training or support typically provided to officers in traditional student unions. We are elected to represent the student body in our particular areas and endeavour, where we can, to canvas ideas, opinions and beliefs about the topics that affect OCA students. We can't poll everyone about every decision, and typically while we are consulted about OCA policy changes we can only try and influence decisions. We have no power to change them.
Despite these challenges, we are inspired every day by the amazing creativity and diversity that exists in the OCA student body. We stand for you. Where we can, we fight for what is fair, just and honourable. We advocate for issues like equality, diversity and a rapidly-changing world. We hold the OCA to account every day for the standards they should be setting.
There is so much to do, and this new Student Association is very new with Reps finding their feet. We have a lot to learn, and we always promise to listen. Right now our priorities are establishing a more centralised and cohesive student community through this website, as well as trying to get as closely involved in OCA improvements; lobbying for OCA students.
And, particularly, we are heavily focused on holding the OCA to account for improving their communications and levels of student involvement throughout their programmes of change.
Environment &Sustainability Rep
I am keen to make a difference in climate change and the environmental impact we all have on our planet. I have been looking at many ways of how I can incorporate this into my practice and how my art could speak to this matter. At the very least, to do everything I can to have as little impact as possible on the planet with my choices.