The OUSU Team: Garlen Lo

Can you tell us a little bit about your role at OUSU?

VP Grads. I read policy papers, speak up in committees, conduct student reports to be presented to the University, work with MCR presidents to help graduate students in their colleges, and also help students who contact me in my Student Advice Service role, amongst many other things!

In what sort of situation might you be able to help the average undergraduate (or graduate, for Graduates VP)?

This year I will attempt to organise the Graduate Joint Consultative Committee (GJCC – where students can feedback about how they’re taught) into the University-wide structure so that graduates have the ability to create change in their course/department for themselves.

What do you think is the best thing about being a student in Oxford?

Being surrounded by people who are passionate and knowledgeable about their particular subject.

And the worst?

Erm…the weather?

What is the one memory of your time in Oxford that best sums up the experience?

In the Wolfson bar debating with a DPhil classical philosopher the merit of the Beatles and popular culture versus ‘highbrow’ art. We both went on to represent Wolfson at the inter-collegiate quiz. He answered questions on ancient Greece, I answered questions on Only Fools and Horses. I got more points than him.