Haigh a chairde!
My name is Alex Balfe, and I am your Vice President Education in Maynooth Students’ Union for this academic year. I am a graduate of Theology and Nua – Ghaeilge. I got involved in Maynooth Students’ Union by becoming an Academic Representative and since then I have been a Senator on the MSU Student Senate and a Faculty Convenor on the MSU Executive.
So, what does the VP Education do? Well, my primary job is to represent you, the students, in dealing with issues of “academic interest” as well as the general “academic advancement” of the student body. In short, I’m here to make sure that you have the best experience possible while doing what you’re primarily coming here to do – getting your degree!
As the VP Education, I’m also responsible for running what is called the “Academic Rep” system. Academic Representatives are the key to all things educational representation. They serve as the crucial link between Maynooth Students’ Union and you, the students on the ground, so that my dedicated team of Faculty Convenors and I can represent you to the best of our abilities. Faculty Convenors are part of what we call our “Part-time Officers” – students just like you – who have been elected to work with our Academic Representatives from each Faculty so that they can effectively represent all of the students within that Faculty.
My biggest piece of advice to you is to get involved- you are already reading this so you are on the right track! If you are interested in becoming an Academic Rep or if you’re interested in getting involved in other aspects of your Students’ Union, drop me an email!
I hope you find your time in Maynooth as welcoming and enjoyable as I have so far! Although you are here in Maynooth to ultimately get your degree, don’t be afraid to get out there and get involved in your University life, I always say, you will only get out of it what you put into it, so make the most of it! Your University experience extends so much further than just your education, so have fun with it!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of luck over the Academic Year 2022/2023 and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any educational issues you may have. I am always happy to help
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