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Date count run30 Oct 2020
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running2
Available position1
Total ballots10
Valid votes10
Invalid votes0


Round Izabella Wodzka / Brittany Eldridge RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 10.00 0.00 5.00 5.00
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 5.00. Candidate Izabella Wodzka / Brittany Eldridge has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Izabella Wodzka / Brittany Eldridge.

Position information: 
Number of vacancies: 1


Izabella Wodzka / Brittany Eldridge
My name is Izzy and I've been a Lead Department Rep and Faculty Rep for Arts & Humanities (PGR) since starting my PhD in 2018. Last year, I shared my Faculty Rep job with Brittany Eldridge, and together we have pushed for more recognition for the hard work PGTAs are doing, across all faculties, resulting in appointment of a dedicated PGTA Tutor in our department. We started a number of conversations about, among others, issues such as PGRs who start their studies outside of prescribed academic dates, buddy schemes for international students, extended library access for PGRs, and more social events across the Faculty to help PGRs connect with each other. This year, I have volunteered to act as a liaison officer between my department and the trade union, UCU, in hope of continuing my work on PGTAs role and remuneration at UCL. I also plan to introduce more digital social events as many PGRs are either not in London or not able to come in person to campus - we should stay connected.

As the ongoing pandemic doesn't seem to be easing, I'd like to push for more academic, social, and financial support for PGRs, especially those who have care responsibilities or encounter serious obstacles to continuing their doctoral research for any reason. We need more clarity and transparency around the Covid-19 rules and schemes aimed at PGRs, and we need more concrete forms of support, for example lowering of tuition fees.

The fight for well-being and recognition of PGRs never ends!