I’m in my third year of studying Russian, and plan to start my masters in the fall. In the last year I’ve been pushing myself, with the help of my fellow students, to take a more active role in student activities.
I’ve previously worked as a mentor for new students and in the Russian subject committee, but last fall I took the next step. I’m now a part of the board for Humanities Student Committee (Humanistisk studentutvalg)), the leader of Humanities Work Life Committee (Humanistisk arbeidslivsutvalg) and a part of the HF Fadderstyret.
Through these roles I’ve accumulated knowledge on how UiBs democratic and political processes function. Although I still have a lot to learn, I wish to keep pushing myself and to fight on behalf of the students.
The last year has been difficult, but has also given us useful information and experiences about what measures are needed to make higher education available to as many students as possible. Many students have physical or mental ailments, a binding family situation or demanding work alongside their studies, which makes it difficult to attend every single lecture. Then I think that the university should film and publish all lectures, so that they are available to students, regardless of life situation.
We have also discovered a number of gaps in digital competence among lecturers. I will work to ensure that the university continues with its competence-enhancing measures, and sets a standard for the use of digital tools.
Mental health and a boost to the student community
During the pandemic, students have involuntarily taken a large part of the collective burden. That is why we need good offers that take care of our mental health, and it is especially important that students who ask for help receive it within a reasonable time. I will work to strengthen offers such as Together Mental Health, to ensure that all students get the help they need.
It is also important that we look ahead, and already now plan for the reopening of the university. I believe that we must support the student organizations that actively work to strengthen the student community, as well as prepare new measures aimed at the student community.
Strengthen climate action
I am running for election to set stricter requirements for UiB’s climate measures. It is essential that UiB is climate-conscious in all instances; when building and renovating new premises, investing in funds, research, choosing the curriculum, etc. UiB must take its climate responsibility seriously, and I want to make sure that the students’ voices are heard.