Your Vice President (Education)

Welcome to Aston

My name is Ifti Hussain and I am your Vice President Education for the 2018-19 Academic Year.

It is my role to make sure that your academic experience at Aston is the best it can possibly be. To do this I work alongside the University to ensure that your voice is heard loud and clear. It is your voice and your interests that should be at the heart of everything that the University does.

But I am not alone. I also support and empower you to have a say on your academic interests by supporting your Student Reps. They gather your views and work in partnership with the staff that run your programmes to make learning better for current and prospective students.

So keep an eye out for what I am up to and get involved as together we can make Aston great.

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What is your favourite motivational quote?

"It's not about where you are from, it's about what you do"

Asif Ahmed (Founder of Aston Medical School)

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I have met Malala Yousafzai, I had an appointment at my local optician and she was waiting to be seen, surrounded by 2 security guards of course. I approached her and introduced myself (not that she is going to remember me..) and complimented her on her achievements including the Nobel peace prize.

If you had a spirit animal. What would it be and why?

My spirit animal would be an Eagle, I believe I have a keen sight on things I want to achieve and I like to keep an eye out for those who need support.

What is your favourite book, movie or TV show?

It’s got to be Love Island right? On a serious note though my favourite movie would be Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Shoutout to all the Bollywood lovers and if you haven’t watched a Bollywood film, make sure to watch it so you understand how south Asian relationships work…jks

If you could have a meal with someone dead or alive who would it be and why?

It would be a meal with my Grandad, I think there is so much knowledge we can learn not only from our parents but our grandparents. I would enjoy getting to spend some time with my grandad over a Biryani of course.

If you could change one thing this year what would it be?

My goal is to make Aston University more inclusive. Students have come from various backgrounds, I want to find out their concerns on how the university could help them more and make a positive change.

Why did you stand to be an Officer?

I became VP Education because I want to improve students learning experiences. No two people are the same, everyone has different educational needs and come from different backgrounds. I want to help improve the quality of education that is taught at Aston so students graduate from Aston with a great and employable degree.

What are your top three tips for someone starting at Aston?

Come and speak to me, we’ll grab a coffee as three tips are not enough, there is loads of advice I can give on how you can maximise your experience at Aston. I guess this is where I put my three tips…

  1. Speak to your lecturers and academic staff. There may be additional support that the academics can help you with. Maintaining a good relationship with staff is key it could lead to gaining an opportunity in volunteering or even a placement. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  2. NETWORK! Speak to everyone and anyone… literally. Being able to network is an important skill in life. It gives you a chance to get to know people from different backgrounds and professions. Aswell as getting to meet amazing people it give you a chance to develop your own skills.
  3. This is YOUR education. Find out the opportunities you can get involved in to enhance not only your experience but the experience of the other students. I believe students should have an understanding on how their voices can be heard. If you think the structure of your module can be changed for the benefit of all students, speak to me. If there any other changes you think will enhance your learning experience let me know