Our current Student Digital Champions

How can Student Digital Champions support students?

Student Digital Champions can:
  • help you to improve your digital skills
  • help you make the most of the digital tools and technologies available at the university
  • answer questions you might have about how to use technology to support your learning
  • help you problem solve issues you might have using technology
Why not come and talk to a Student Digital Champion, they are in the library every day –
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What else do the Student Digital Champions do?

In addition to peer support, the Student Digital Champions also provide training and create resources to help students make the most of technology


Explore the student led training sessions available. These include the digital toolkit (learn about core technology), creating video and using RStudio


Find out more about the DLE, myCareer, LinkedIn Learning,Zoom, MentiMeter, ePad and more from this range of video resources


Student created LinkedIn Learning playlists on topics including the DLE, myCareer, wellbeing, screenwriting, Excel, social media marketing and more

Meet our champions

Our champions represent a diverse range of disciplines in the University and provide us with an excellent insight into the student voice.

  • Viv hocking

    Vivian Hocking

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
  • Harriet Ball

    Harriet Ball

    School of Biological and Marine Sciences
  • Sophie Folkard

    Sophie Folkard

    School of Biological and Marine Sciences
  • Kayleigh Banyard

    Kayleigh Banyard

    School of Society and Culture
  • Zayn Kaisar

    Zayn Kaisar

    Peninsula Medical School
  • Minou Shahin

    Minou Shahin

    Plymouth Dental School
  • Daisy Pond

    Daisy Pond

    School of Psychology
  • Layla Rami

    Layla Rami

    School of Biological and Marine Sciences
  • Mya Symister

    Mya Symister

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
  • Aurora Hunt

    Aurora Hunt

    School of Society and Culture
  • michaela moclair

    Michaela Moclair

    School of Society and Culture
  • Armin Sorayaei Someh Saraei

    Armin Sorayaei Someh Saraei

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
  • Atrisa Baharloo

    Atrisa Baharloo

    Peninsula Medical School
  • Ava Keeling

    Ava Keeling

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
  • Clara Douglas

    Clara Douglas

    School of Psychology
  • Ishita Sharma

    Ishita Sharma

    School of Psychology

Student Digital Champions case studies

The SDC role provides basic IT support as a peer-to-peer service for all students to access if they need support. Being in this role has boosted my confidence, self-esteem, and importantly this has helped me to understand students' different needs. Being an SDC has provided me with skills and knowledge to help others but also learn more myself. This opportunity has helped me to further my IT and general knowledge which will see me further into the future.

Kayleigh Banyard
LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice

Being an SDC has given me a platform on which to build myself and to share my experiences and knowledge. It has increased my confidence in public speaking and in finding new ways to interact with people. It has also aided me in further understanding the uniqueness of each individual and how tailoring our services to them can make all the difference! It’s been a lot of fun, and the role has also given me opportunity to play my part in enhancing the student community’s digital literacy and assist in creating tools and resources to further assist the effort. Overall, this role is one I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone!

Zayn Kaisar
BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Having the opportunity to help other students build their confidence with the technologies available to them alongside my studies has been a really rewarding experience for me. The flexibility of the role has enabled me to enjoy working whilst completing the final stage of my undergraduate degree, undertaking my initial postgraduate studies and now again whilst embarking upon my PhD. In addition to the flexibility, the role is a great addition to your CV and provides an insight into how the University determines what technologies students need to reach their potential.

Vivian Hocking
PhD Computing

My experience with the SDC team has been great; the role is a brilliant opportunity to develop confidence and to help the student community; it’s amazing to be part of a team that contributes so actively to improving the student experience. There are plenty of opportunities to tailor your work to your strengths, as well as opportunities to learn new technologies that improve your learning. I have really loved helping people with technology as an SDC, and making a difference to the University on an individual and collective scale has been a really good experience. Not only that, but the SDC team is wonderful to work with; I can’t recommend it enough!

Sophie Folkard
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
 

Sharing the work of the SDCs conferences and events

Find out more about the
  • Jisc DigiFest conference
  • Jisc Change Agents Network conference
  • Advance HE conference
  • BETT (British Education, Teaching and Training) conference
  • University of Plymouth Challenge Accepted event
  • University of Plymouth welcome week
Viv hocking at conference

Additional Peer Support Networks

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Contact us and how to get help

If you want to know more about the Student Digital Champions, please get in contact with the team at: SDC@plymouth.ac.uk
IT and Technical Support: Please contact libraryandITenquiries@plymouth.ac.uk if you are a student needing specific IT help or support.
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