A Case for Change

Abbie with her essay A great academic win in the Business School

In January we were set an assignment which was an analytical essay based on a case study about Africa and China’s relationship. After not receiving much guidance as to how to approach the essay, we all received our marks in which everyone was very disappointed by. I received 50% along with many of my other course mates to which does not align with our current grades

As Course Rep, I spoke to my DPD and he advised us to approach our lecturers to see where the problem was. Taking his advice I went to see my lecturer, and he explained that as IBM have all had a year abroad, we haven’t had any guidance or support from the transition from our year out to final year, how to approach final year assignments, and particularly how to differentiate essay writing from second year to final year.

With this I reported it back to my class mates and they all were very upset and distressed, including myself as we found this unfair. Our argument was how are we meant to write a good analysis if we haven’t been taught how to do one?

With this, I felt something had to be done as it was not right for me to let this go. So, I then approached Frank Worthington – Head of Learning and Teaching at the Business School, I explained the situation to him and how all of us (only 35 on my course) are high achievers and we felt we were at a disadvantage with this essay. He agreed with me that I had a strong case. I had many meetings fighting our corner in order for them to sort this issue out.

I was told they would keep me updated with what the outcome was going to be. Eventually I was told by my DPD that there had been many meetings with all the relevant people (including the lecturer and Frank Worthington) and they had come to a conclusion that was to be announced to the class.

Before Easter in our lecture, we were told that the marks had been rescaled and everyone would receive 5 extra marks. I was delighted and had many thankyous and hugs from my course mates. I feel that if I hadn’t taken action nothing would’ve been done.

 


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