Meet your Library Student Ambassadors for Semester 1; Poppy, Nirvana, Mirren, Akshayaa & Farida! We are all Undergraduate University of Leeds students, find out more about their roles as an ambassador.

Poppy

Poppy

Hi! My name is Poppy, I am currently in my second year at the University of Leeds studying Biotechnology with Enterprise. After a busy few weeks during the start of Semester 1 involving assisting with Library tours and welcoming new and returning students back to University; I am now getting involved in my independent project! This year I will be focusing on promoting the Skills@Library study zone in the Laidlaw Library and I am keen to increase student engagement with what the amenity has to offer. So far, I have created recommended text reviews for the collection of study skills guides, designed on-shelf eBook promotion material and created informative bookshelf category signage to guide students around the Skills Zone. With lots more creative ideas in the pipeline, I am really looking forward to continuing my work with the Skills@Library team.

Nirvana

Nirvana

Hi, my name is Nirvana and I am currently in my third year studying Biological Sciences. I applied to become a student ambassador because I wanted to share my experiences as a student with prospective students and I was keen to get involved with the University. In addition to this, I was interested in getting involved in projects to help improve the support that is available to current students.

I have been working alongside my mentor at Skills@Library to help improve one-to-one support sessions offered to current students at the University of Leeds. As part of my project, I have been observing one-to-one support sessions and conducting interviews with the students to find out about their experience of attending a one-to-one session. I am also comparing the one-to-one support provided with other institutions to try and discover different ways of improving the support sessions.

I am looking forward to hopefully contributing towards Skills@Library services and I am grateful for receiving the opportunity to work with so many different people and University staff.

Mirren

MirrenCROPPEDHi! I’m Mirren, a final year Linguistics and Phonetics student here at the University. I am really enjoying having the chance to be a Student Ambassador this year and all the opportunities it will bring me. Having experienced a year abroad myself, I chose to work alongside Emily on the Study Abroad Returners project. So far this term we have been distributing surveys to gather feedback from students who have recently returned from a year abroad. We are focusing our research on identifying any academic skills needs that students may have, with the hope of potentially developing workshops or online resources. We are hoping to find out what extra support the Library could provide to make the transition back to Leeds even smoother. I look forward to seeing how this project develops over the next few months and to seeing the positive impact that it will have.

Akshayaa

Akshayaa

Hey everyone! My name is Akshayaa, one of the Student Ambassadors at the Library. I am an undergraduate in my third year studying Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering. During freshers week as a part of my role, I gave tours of both Edward Boyle and Laidlaw Libraries, hope you guys enjoyed it! 🙂 I also had an incredible opportunity of giving a presentation to the returning students studying geography about some of the changes in the Library since last year and helped out with some workshops.

Currently, I am working on the maths and statistics project at Skills@Library with Dr. Rizwan Nawaz. This project aims to evaluate the and promote statistics support as it only began in April 2019. We are looking at feedback from students who used the statistics support. We are also planning to set up an online survey followed by a focus group for the students who participated in the Q-steps program (which had sessions on statistics) during the summer.

Farida

FaridaCROPPED

Hello! My name is Farida and I am a second year French and Politics student. I decided to take on the role of Library Student Ambassador because I benefited hugely from the support offered by Skills@Library in my first year. However, I realised that many of my peers had no idea that this support existed. This motivated me to become a student ambassador in order to ensure that all students are aware of the Skills@Library support and resources on offer and further improve upon it for future students. The project I will be working on involves a scheme called Peer Assisted Study Support and Peer Assisted Learning (PASS/PAL) which gives students the opportunity to get peer-to-peer educational support. My role will specifically centre around the training of the PASS/PAL Leaders.