I have worked at Canterbury Christ Church University since 1995 and as such have experienced huge changes broadly within higher education and specifically within this institution. I have enjoyed a variety of roles both within my subject area of Tourism, Hospitality and Events and more broadly across the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences (FSESS) (former Faculty Director of Quality and Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching). I am also an elected member of Academic Board representing the faculty. My relatively new role now as Director of the Section of Tourism, Hospitality and Events in the Business School over the last academic year has seen us face the challenges of ensuring student satisfaction, recruitment and retention at a time when the pandemic has had a significant impact upon the nature of the student and staff experience..
Those who have worked with me to date will know that I am passionate about both the student and staff experience, in particular in relation to three key areas of work. First and foremost, I have worked hard to ensure students' transition into higher education in the early months after arrival at university is smooth and effective. Secondly, I have focused on our students being involved in meaningful employer-designed and mentored projects as part of our efforts to develop their graduate skills. Finally, I try to ensure that academic staff in my area have a workload which is not only varied yet manageable, but allows them to flourish and to develop their career with regards to excellence in both teaching and knowledge exchange / research. As Staff Governor I believe I could effectively and fairly represent the varied lives and needs of our diverse and committed academic staff and would urge you to consider giving me your support in these important elections.
Dr Marion Stuart-Hoyle, May 2021