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International Officer

Georgios Vasilakis

As International Officer, I will represent all international students across the University. I am here to make sure that international students as a whole are fairly heard and any issues or concerns are raised with the University. I will also make sure that policies and procedures at the University are in place to support international students to achieve their best results and that attainment gap issues are addressed. At the SU, I help lead work and join in with campaigns by NUS and respond to Sunderland’s priorities by developing policy submissions for NUS International Students Conference.

In my role as International Officer, I would like to create a smooth transition for international students joining the university and create a mentoring and feedback system too for international students.

In my role, this year I will...

  • Introduce and initiate a Winter Freshers’ Week for new international students before Fresher’s Week in September 2021. This will allow international freshers to get to know each other, adjust to the new culture and form an international community.
  • Create a mentoring system for international students, where older international students can advise Freshers Year students on issues such as setting up bank accounts, phone contracts and provide guidance for adjusting to British culture.
  • Producing ‘day in the life of an International student’ content for university social platforms;
  • Actively spoke to students on the Virbela platform during Welcome Week;
  • Started planning campaigns and attend meetings with Head of International Development at the University;
  • Creating plans for a September 2021 Winter Freshers’ Week for new international students;
  • Designing a feedback system for international students to share their experiences at the university.

Contact:

e: georgios.vasilakis@sunderland.ac.uk / Georgios Vasilakis 

"I will represent all international students across the University. I am here to make sure that international students as a whole are fairly heard and any issues or concerns are raised with the University."