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Schan Dissanayake-Perera

Materials: President

MatSoc has been one of the most defining parts of my University experience and the main reason I am running for President this year is because I would love to pay forward the great time I’ve had so far.

Having sat on the committee for two consecutive years I have the experience to get off to a strong start and welcome new members to the Materials community, while ensuring that every committee member is able to transition efficiently into their new role.

My vision for MatSoc encompasses maintaining strong relations with our sponsors while exploring new, interactive ways for Materials students to engage with industry specialists, whether this be in the form of workshops, panels, careers fairs or even bar nights.

MatSoc has a responsibility to help students transition from University to the next stages of their lives. Interviews, CV writing, online assessments and internships are just a few of the new challenges that we face as modern students and if elected I will make sure that MatSoc offers support that reflects this. I am also keen to establish an internal database to help publicise internship positions, with relevant dates and information.

There are some strong social traditions in MatSoc that I would love to help maintain, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun making new ones too. I’m really excited to share my ideas and also to hear your thoughts on how to make MatSoc the best it’s ever been!

Materials love xx

-Schan