10 questions with: VP Education, Sophia D’angelico
A little later than some of the others, we finally bring to you the seventh sabbatical survey! Your new Vice President of Education Sophia D’angelico has been extremely busy with preparations for the beginning of the academic year, but she found time to complete our series of sabbatical interrogations. Carry on reading if you wish to find out more about Sophia’s hidden talents and plans for the next 12 months.
- When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was determined to be a CSI agent or a spy!!!
- If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
Ah I don’t know!
- What was your favourite holiday?
Probably my trip to Thailand a few years ago– riding elephants through rivers and a jungle was just amazing.
- Do you have any hidden talents?
I speak 6 languages.
- What’s your favourite TV show and why?
Probably The Mentalist – it keeps you on your toes!
- How is it working alongside David Mendoza-Wolfson knowing that he was in your position last year?
Absolutely fine, it is great to have the extra input once in a while and ask any questions if I need to!
- What have you been doing in the role so far?
I have mostly been designing training and handbooks for my Academic Presidents and Faculty Officer for September; running QAA surveys and writing a QAA report which has been taking up a lot of time; dealing with the NSS results; going to meetings with the university very regularly and organising the course rep elections which are coming up very soon! I have been kept very very busy!
- Is there anything which you want to drastically change as VP Education?
YES – so much! For a start – the level of support and representation postgraduates receive. I want to see them having elected course reps and receiving support and guidance tailored to them. At the moment, unfortunately that isn’t quite the case.
- What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months?
Organising and running training for my Course Reps, Academic Presidents and Faculty Officers. I am really excited to get to know them better and start working together to make some real changes!
- If you could go back to university and do another degree in any discipline, what would you choose?
That is a hard one! I loved my degree! I did a modern languages degree, but I reckon anthropology would be really interesting!
Words: Howell Davies