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Sanjit Krishnakumar

President

Hey, I'm Sanjit and I'm going to be your Student Union President this year. I'm really excited to be starting this role as President and I can't wait to jump in to all the fun things here at the university. As the university has decided to bring everyone back to campus, I really hope to meet everyone but until then enjoy the summer and feel free to email me at union.president@hw.ac.uk.

What do I do?

As President, my main focus is on improving the student experience and representing the views of students to the University. I'm also tasked with ensuring that students are at the heart of everything the University does as I sit on University Court, as well as a number of other committees.

I Chair the Scottish Borders Campus Group and act as a key link between the two campuses. While I'm primarily concerned with representing all of Heriot-Watt's students in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders Campus, Orkney) I am also the key link between your counterparts in Dubai’s Student Council and Malaysia's Student Association to ensure their views are fully represented. I even sometimes get to visit our international campuses!

As President, I work very closely with the Vice Presidents in Edinburgh. I also play a key role in Student Parliament, supporting Student MPs to make change, making sure Parliament runs smoothly, and regularly providing students with updates on the work we’re doing.

This year I will also lead on improving the Postgraduate experience at Heriot-Watt University.

As President, I am a member of the Student Union Trustee Board and may be nominated to attend various University committees.

Tell Us About Yourself

I was a Fresher’s Rep in third year which I loved. So this encouaraged me to join the union as a Student MP which I carried on into fourth year. I loved my time at the Student Union and now I am back for more!

Why did you stand and what are your plans for this year?

I stood for this position because of my previous experience with the Union and societies. I realised the kind of impact that the Student Union has on the students at the university and so my main motivation was to be involved in the decision-making processes that help the university really enhance the experience for the students. I was also really inspired by what our previous President, Emily Lucy King had achieved in the two years that she was president, and it really shows that the sky is the limit for what you want to achieve in this position and so hopefully, over my term as president, I can inspire some of you guys as well.

My three key goals for this year are…

  • Better representation and inclusion for students at the university
  • Improving opportunities for employability now that everything has gone back to normal!
  • Ensuring that students get the best experience overall as we make our transition back onto a full campus.

What are you most looking forward to?

As President, I am mostly looking forward to providing students with the best experience at the university and so I can’t wait to work with you, the students, who are going to help me make this happen. I am also looking forward to meeting everyone on campus and, of course, I am really excited to be representing you as president. For students who are about to start their journey at Heriot-Watt, I want to welcome you guys and wish you good luck in your new adventure. To everyone coming back to campus in September, I honestly can't wait to meet you guys and to all the students who are entering their final year, I hope that you enjoy this final chapter and I wish you every success in your degree.

TELL US AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF

I can speak 7 languages!

WHAT DID YOU STUDY?

I studied an MSc in Actuarial Management

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