"OUR REGENT'S STUDENTS" SERIES (2) - ANYA NIKOLAEVA
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"I'm thoroughly grateful for all the good time I've had in the SU and at Regent's in general"
"...every SU team that I got to work with (and there have been 5 different variations) have made my time at Regent's absolutely amazing" Anya Nikolaeva
1) Your time as Vice- President of the Student Union is soon drawing to a close, how do you feel about leaving?
It's pretty bittersweet. I've spent 2.5 years in the SU and this year as a VP has been especially interesting. It's weird leaving all of it behind and not thinking about the Student Union duties anymore.
2) What has been your greatest accomplishment during your time as VP? Is there anything you're particularly proud of?
I think my greatest accomplishment has been the improvement of the online learning experience. As a VP of Academic Affairs I realised how important it will be to improve the online learning experience for students if the whole academic year will be online. Working closely with the Associate Provosts and academic staff we've come a long way since March 2020. I think it's safe to say that although online experience will never come close to the on-campus one, it has been a pleasure working on the improvement of the University's approach to teaching and learning during such a challenging time.
3) How was your experience during your time at the Student Union? Is there any important learning that you would like to share?
My time in the Student Union has been great. From the very first Council meeting as just a member to deputising for the SU President during the election process - it has been a journey of learning, of highs and lows, but most importantly, every SU team that I got to work with (and there have been 5 different variations) have made my time at Regent's absolutely amazing.
4) What are you hoping to see from the next Student Union team? Do you have any advice to give?
I hope the new SU team will be able to uphold the high standards of care and motivation that we have set. My advice would be to learn from the past mistakes and really develop the ideas and initiatives, weighing out all the pros and cons before jumping into something that might not live up to the expectations.
5) What's next for you?
The next step for me is a Master's degree in Art Business at the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London.
6) Any final thoughts that you would like to add…
I'm thoroughly grateful for all the good time I've had in the SU and at Regent's in general. I would've never though that this is how it will be ending, and I wish this year was not spent working from my living room. I hope I'll see everyone in September during graduation!