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Vice President (Higher Education)

Claire Sosienski Smith

Hi, I’m Claire, your VP Higher Education. My priorities are to foreground climate justice in universities and colleges, support all those who work within the education sector to have access to fair pensions and dignity in their workplace, and to ensure that students feel safe and supported during their studies. This means supporting the University and Colleges Union (UCU) in their campaigning work on fair pensions and equality in the workplace, and the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) in their fight for all workers within our places of study to be directly employed by the university and have access to sick pay, holiday time and a pension.

I also sit on the UUK review into admissions, the trustee board of the Quality Assurance Agency and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator and I am a board member of the European Students' Union. I graduated from Selwyn College, Cambridge with a degree in English literature in 2018. Prior to the NUS, I was the full-time women's officer at Cambridge University's Students' Union, campaigning for improvements to the university's disciplinary procedure and justice for those who experience gender-based violence at university. I believe that education should be free and accessible to all, and that student debt should be abolished.