Making sure the quality of education you receive from De Montfort University (DMU) is the very best it can be is a core function of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU).
Now, after two years as DP Education, Amie Blockley (formerly Chapman) has landed a role in making sure that is the case for students not only at DMU but across the country.
The UK government is currently rolling out the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) across the country with the aim to recognise and reward excellence in learning and teaching. The TEF will be led by a panel of students, academics, widening participation experts and employers whose responsibility will be to discuss and decide the results of TEF assessments.
Out of over 140 panel member applications, only the top 22 who demonstrated, as described by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), 'their standing with higher education providers and students, and significant commitment to excellence in learning and teaching' were chosen. Amie was thrilled to be selected as one of the new national TEF panel members.
She said: "The TEF is a big change to higher education and I'm really pleased to be able to get the student perspective around that all important table. I'll be working with various experts, academics and students, on the assessment of the teaching and learning experience at universities in the UK."
It's been a hectic time for Amie since leaving DSU, with starting a new job and getting married last month, she's certainly been busy - and that was before her TEF selection! But she is excited and ready to take on the new challenge. "It's going to be a big task, but thanks to the support over the years from DSU and the De Montfort community as a whole, I think I'm ready to do it, and learn loads in the process."