Saynab Sharif

VP Humanities & Social Sciences

Saynab Sharif

Tell us a bit about yourself, your Queen Mary journey and your role?

A bit about me and my journey, I applied to QM because I couldn’t decide whether to do English Lit or History and found that they offer so many interdisciplinary courses. I started at QM in 2016 to study English and History and in 2020 started a MA in Politics and International Relations. During my time, I’ve been a Course Rep, Student Ambassador and NUS Delegate, and involved in some societies. They have all been an incredible experience. Along the way I’ve met so many people from different backgrounds and areas and made some great friends along the way.

My role as VP HSS, is to represent the different schools within the faculty. My aim is to make sure that students in these schools are represented and their feedback is heard and acted on, through myself and in collaboration with School Reps and Course Reps. I want to work on decolonising the curriculum in HSS to make it more inclusive, diverse and for students to have an input in co-designing the curriculum. Lastly, I’m looking forward to working with students at all levels, both undergraduates and postgraduates so they feel welcome and supported at QMSU!

How would you describe the Students' Union in one sentence?

A welcoming place to have fun.

What’s a piece of advice you would give to students?

Try not to be too hard on yourself (It is easier said than done)! University is difficult and you’ll probably realise this in the first year when you’re learning new skills and in a new environment. It can be overwhelming, so when you need help and you’re unsure, ask for help as there is support available. You can always reach out, I’m always happy to help!

Favourite spot on any of our campuses?

Canalside and 7th floor Graduate Centre.

What’s your ideal day out in London?

Pretty boring but also a fun day out going to museums, bookshops and cafes.

What’s your favourite thing to order from Drapers, The Griff Inn or Ground?

At Drapers, Mac and Cheese. In Ground, Chai Latte (Spiced).

If you were a superhero, what power would you have and why?

Mindreading, which would help so much with this role. But magic would be a great power to have because you could perform spells, change and create all kinds of things.

What’s one thing at uni that students have to try before they graduate?

We all say: “hey let’s do a trip together sometime!” but it never happens. Try and organise a quick trip somewhere with your uni friends. It doesn’t have to be far and can be any length of time, but you’ll certainly make memories and won’t forget it.

What animal best represents you and why?

Whale – You are creative, amazing, and fun to be around (had to do a Buzzfeed quiz for this).

What are you looking forward to most this year?

I’m looking forward to the start of a new year with Welcome Week; to meet new students, newly elected Part-time Officers, and Course Reps because it’s always an energetic time of year with new and keen students starting.

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