Education Officer


Sian Dickie

Sian Dickie was elected in as the Education Officer of the Students' Union by students at the Student Elections in March 2020. Sian will be succeeded in June 2021 by Livia Scott.

About the Role

The Education Officer is the main representative for students on institutional and national educational matters. They assist staff to coordinate and train our network of Academic Reps (Course & School Reps) and organise the Student Rep Awards and The Education Awards ('TEAs'). The role is also heavily involved in helping implement University-wide changes and influence a number of big decisions, some of which have included the Right to ReCap campaign, launching an investigation into additional course costs, reforming the University Student Representation policy as well as helping to extend library hours during the summer.

About Me & My Aims

"At Newcastle, I took my  Undergrad in Media & Cultural studies, and a Masters in Sociology. Through these experiences, I feel I can understand students who are at various life stages. The main commonality is that students at all stages desire a good quality educational experience. Having a research background in widening participation, I have a passion to achieve this good quality of education for students at all stages and from all backgrounds. There should be no inequalities in educational access from the point of admission, to the success you achieve after graduation. "

Reducing the impact of Covid-19 on our education is my main priority. I want students to have the support that they need from personal tutors and to expand the scope of PEC forms.
Produce a Study Space Guide for campus, so students are aware of busy spaces and feel safe when they arrive
Create an Education Protection Framework. Post-Covid, this will aim to continue benefit the accessibility to marginalised groups & protect students in uncertain periods such as future strikes / further lockdowns.