In a statement to Roar, outgoing KCLSU President Salma Hussain announced she has successfully lobbied the university to allow a second student representative onto the Kingâ€™s College Council.
The Kingâ€™s College London (KCL) Council is the universityâ€™s highest governing body, currently consisting of 21 members. KCLSUâ€™s VP Postgraduate will become the 22nd member of the Council, and the only other student representative besides each yearâ€™s KCLSU President.
Ms Hussainâ€™s success comes after â€œmore than 10 yearsâ€ of campaigning. As she toldÂ RoarÂ in an exclusive statement: â€œI managed to accomplish something previous presidents have been working on for years. [â€¦] This means we can now feed into decision making at the highest levels, giving us a voice in matters surrounding pensions, student mental health, BME, attainment gap, and more.â€
In an announcement on the KCLSU website, Ms Hussain explained the choice of VP Postgraduate as the Councilâ€™s second student representative: â€œPostgraduates are a really underrepresented and under-engaged student population at King’s, with very different problems to Undergrads. Fun fact: they make up over 50% of the student population. Along with many other reasons, this is why I went for VP Postgraduate.â€
â€œThis is my legacy, being able to ensure that needs of students are heard and acted upon.â€
Current members of the Council include Professor Shitij Kapur, the universityâ€™s newest President & Principal, as well as Professor Evelyn Welch, who served as interim Principal following Ed Byrneâ€™s resignation and is widely known for her comments regarding the student experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Council is presently chaired by Lord Geidt, against whom a vote of no-confidence was recently filed by the Kingâ€™s College London University & College Union.
According to minutes publicly available on the KCL website, matters of note discussed by the Council in recent months include potential â€œreputational issuesâ€ faced by Kingâ€™s as the result of the Israel-Palestine conflict, student mental health caused by Covid-19, and the blended teaching method recently confirmed to be continuing into next year.
Ms Hussain will be replaced by incoming KCLSU President Zahra Syed from August 1 as the Student Officers leadership hands over. The role of VP Postgraduate is currently vacant following the resignation of then-incumbent Henna Ramchandani in June.