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Caitlin Archibald

MACS MP

Hi there, I’m Caitlin and I’m the MACS MP for this year. I am going to help with all issues to do with Maths and Computer Science. Feel free to approach me in person when it’s safe to do so or email me.

WHAT DO I DO?

I am the School Member of Parliament (School MP) for MACS - there is one School MP elected by each School (EGIS, EPS, MACS, SoSS & TEX).

As a School MP, I support the Vice President Education and work with them to fix issues faced by students to improve academic life at Heriot-Watt. I meet regularly with School Officers and Class Reps at Academic Congress, and attend School Officer Meetings every other week to drive positive change and feed these issues to Parliament. I also help ensure Academic Congress runs smoothly.

Working closely with Class Reps and School Officers is a really important part of my role. I work to increase the awareness of these positions within your School to make sure students are aware of these structures, how to contact them, and how to get the most out of their School Officers and Class Reps.

In this role I might also attend University Committees and Working Groups.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

I was the Year 2 Computer Science Class Rep last year so I have a great understanding of the issues that came up. When I was Class Rep, I realised that many of the issues brought up in my specific course were present in the whole school - I'm hoping I can help improve things as a School MP.

This year I hope to get Lab Helprs proper training, including unconscious bias training, to assure students get the best quality labs for their education. I also hope to encourage lecturers to have better online materials, to not put students at a disadvantage for missing lectures due to situations our of their hands. I would also like to raise awareness for the support available to students i.e. the Maths Gym and the Code Clinic.

This year, I’m most looking forward to managing to help more people.

TELL US AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF

My greatest weakness is coming up with fun facts about myself.

LET'S CHAT

If you want to chat about my role, or something you think we should be looking at, then here's how you can find me:

OTHER CONTACTS THAT MAY BE USEFUL

I do my role part-time alongside my studies, so I may not be able to respond immediately. Some other contacts you might also find useful are:

MACS MP