My fellow research and taught postgraduate students, hello! I hope you are all staying safe. I am elated to introduce myself to you and I am excited about our journey together in this academic year.
My name is Nana Yeboah Akoto-Bamfo and I am your Postgraduate Students Officer. I am from Ghana, West Africa and I just completed a Master’s of Science degree in Computer Science at Coventry University. I also have a degree in Software Engineering. I love music, reading books, sports and politics. I am a proud member of the Coventry University American Football Team (CU JETS) and I also love making new friends.
I am a people person and I have an undying passion to help and assist people. I see a future where we, the students of Coventry University, can and will work together to achieve greatness. My aspiration is to graduate one day with a doctorate and to establish a school in my home country to provide the best of education to children.
I began my involvement with Coventry University Students Union (CUSU) as a Course Representative. I then became a Senior Course Representative for postgraduates studying computer science. Later I was elected the Postgraduate Taught Officer, representing all postgraduate students on taught courses. During that period I made significant changes to postgraduates’ academic and social experience on behalf of my peers.
In my new elected role as a Sabbatical Officer representing postgraduates, I am better suited to provide complete representation of the postgraduate population at Coventry University. As the Postgraduate Students Officer, I voice the ideas, concerns and thoughts of postgraduate students, making sure they are consulted before changes are made and policies are implemented. I also sit on the Quality in Learning and Teaching Committee (QuILT) and Academic Board, ensuring that all students get the best experience when it comes to their studies.
CUSU exists to improve the experience of students academically and socially. The Union is run by the students, for students and that strongly includes the postgraduate student body. As such, I am here to serve you. My slogan - “poco a poco” which mean little by little – is how we will approach this year. Our main focus for this year is postgraduate engagement, while bringing on board fresh and innovative ideas that will enhance postgraduate student experience. This will not happen suddenly, but “poco a poco” we will achieve these goals if we work together.
I would love to work closely with you to make this year amazing. As such these innovative ideas will not be my ideas, but rather ideas from the postgraduate students themselves.
Please say hello when you see me on campus. I am happy to have a lovely conversation, safely two metres apart of course. I look forward to meeting everybody soon!