Ms Gallacher presents a detailed and structured manifesto which successfully gives a step-by-step guide into how she will achieve her proposed goals. She has noted her efficiency and reliability in her previous academic positions. The lengthy manifesto has an abundance of aims which she boldly asserts will be accomplished. Whilst there is no doubt that Ms Gallacher has thought carefully about how to implement each policy, the amount of goals could potentially be too many to fulfil.
Ms Gallacher hopes to improve the long-term engagement with postgraduates by organising events whereby undergraduates can meet and learn about their research. From her own experience of being a fifth-year integrated masters student, it is assuring that Ms Gallacher knows what is missing from the postgraduate experience and has produced a thoughtful and encouraging goal that is simple to implement in order to promote inclusivity and academia research careers. She does note this to be a singular event and it, therefore, raises the question of how big and meaningful its impact could be on a long-term basis.
Careers and employability
It is clear from her policy on student voices and the Career Centre that Ms Gallacher has done her research on the weaknesses of communication and representation. She proposes to work with class representatives to produce stronger and more substantial links and networks between the Careers Centre and students. She aims to create more visibility and direct student-Careers contact which is a constructive plan that allows students to have their say on the work being done by the University. It is obvious that Ms Gallacher has carefully considered what is expected of the role of Director of Education and reflected this into the current student experience.
Perhaps her most inventive and exciting policy, Ms Gallacher aims to centralise all student resources online to create a space whereby students can find with ease a complete source of opportunities available at the University. Whilst this seems like an immense task to undertake and would also require the permission and expertise of the University, it is also courageous and a practical policy which would boost many long-term effects.
This analysis does not reflect the opinion of The Saint, but rather that of the author. All information was accurate at the time of writing.