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Your Studies. Your Say!

At NUSU, we believe that you are entitled to an education that is consistent, flexible, accessible, and inclusive. The Supporting Our Students (S.O.S.) campaign is about highlighting all of the ways in which your NUSU Officers and Academic Reps are working to make these values a reality.

On this page, you will find out more about events and initiatives relating to key issues like tuition fees, assessment and feedback, and quality of your learning experience. You can also find out more information about individual Academic Reps and the issues they are working on in their particular School.

 

You said: 

  1. Campaign for a safety net 2020/2021’ 
  2. A Near Miss Policy Is Not Enough’ 
  3. Safety net/Near miss policy’ 

Our response: 

We know how much this mattered to those of you who voted, so we welcomed the University’s introduction of a new?Safety Net Policy?to support students during 2020/21, with important information available in this?University blog post?and?FAQs page

We are pleased that our own Near Miss Policy proposals contributed largely to the implementation of these measures and that some of these measures will be permanent changes that will benefit students in future years, too.  

We are working alongside all students to provide more nuanced forms of support for those who feel they are not covered by the Safety Net Policy. We hope that by listening to those marginalised communities who may need more individualised assistance, we can provide further reassurances in the future, that alongside these Safety Net measures we can make University systems such as PEC forms and Wellbeing more effective.  


You said: 

  1. Better support for staff and students alike’ 
  2. Better Training in Canvas for Staff and Students’ 

Our response: 

We hope that the aforementioned Safety Measures will better support students.  

We have successfully lobbied the University to allow for PEC forms to be approved without any evidence. This means that if you submit a PEC form and can explain how your learning has been impacted, you will not have to submit supporting evidence. 

Finally, we have also been raising concerns around Canvas at senior University meetings. If you have specific concerns Canvas training on your programme, we recommend that you contact your Course Rep.  

Your Education Officer and Postgraduate Officer work regularly alongside members of academic staff, including Deans and Heads of School to ensure that they can provide you with the best quality online learning experience. We understand that this has been inconsistent this year in some cases. However, we want to reassure you that we have been listening to both students and staff during the pandemic in order to support them with online teaching and learning.  


You said: 

  1. More Info About Exams’ 

Our response: 

The new Safety Net Policy for 2020/21 should provide students with reassurance about how their assessments will be marked fairly in recognition of the impacts of COVID-19 on students. 

The full Safety Net policy will be implemented in time for the second semester assessment period. Assessments have been chosen by schools to ensure that you will not be at a disadvantage compared to previous cohorts. NUSU has been encouraging academic staff to consider the context of the Covid-19 pandemic when marking assessments with a view to keeping assessments fair and in line with what resources students have been able to access.  

From listening to your concerns, we appreciate that the issue of tuition fees is a complex one, especially in the context of the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on your learning experience. We have also prepared a Tuition Fee FAQ to answer the main questions you might have on tuition fees - you can find out more about how we are currently representing you regarding tuition fees by following this link.

Download your copy here.

Academic Representation is a crucial part to your University and Union experience. Our Academic Reps are here to represent your academic interests and work with the University staff to create positive change for our students. Every year, students can apply for these roles, and once elected into the role, will serve as your leading representatives for you to contact about any academic issues you feel students are facing within certain aspects of the academic experience at the University.

At the School and Institute level, you are represented by Course Reps. They gather feedback about your programme and raise it at the Student-Staff Committee, or SSC (in your School or Institute this might be called a Student Voice Committee, or SVC). These meetings are led by a Student Chair, and sometimes a Student Secretary. At the meeting, Course Reps and staff will work together to address the issues raised. Course Reps should feedback to you on the outcomes of these meetings. 

At the Faculty level, you are represented by School Reps. They attend and give feedback to the Faculty Education Committee (for taught programmes) and the Faculty Postgraduate Research Committee (for research programmes) and also feedback to your SSC.

Find out more

Download your copy here.

 

Rep Gallery

Image of Shilpa

Meet Shilpa Mathur Ramachandran

Your MBA Course Rep.

Image of Smruthi

Meet Smruthi Venkat

Your PGT School Rep for Education Communication and Language Sciences

Image of Harriet

Meet Harriet Anne Palin

Your HaSS Faculty Training Programme (HCA) and History (HCA) Rep.

Image of Ali

Meet Ali Zuhad

One of your Business Management Course Reps.

Image of Adam

Meet Adam Bosher

Your EDI Rep for Politics

Image of Rohith

Meet Rohith Reddy

One of your Course Reps for MSc Biomedical Engineering.

Image of Julia

Meet Julia Kuppermann

Your Course Rep for MSc Conservation and Ecosystems.

Image of Heather

Meet Heather Simpson

One of your Course Representatives for Spanish Language

Image of Meggie

Meet Meggie James

Your PGT School Rep for English Literature, Language and Linguistics.

Image of Connor

Meet Connor Brown

Your Modern Languages UG School Rep

Image of Kavishi

Meet Kavishi Sheth

Your Stage 2 Physiological Sciences Course Rep

Image of TJ and Adarsh

Meet Adarsh and TJ

Your NUMed School Reps

Image of Eman

Meet Eman Ahmed

Your Stage 3 Combined Honours Course Rep

Image of Luke

Meet Luke Grainge

Your UG School Rep for History, Classics and Archaeology

Image of Jayne

Meet Jayne Milburn

Your UG School Rep for Law

 

 

Your Anonymous Feedback

Here you will find an anonymous feedback box where you can post suggestions and concerns about educational matters which are concerning you.

We want to hear your feedback on any topic, these can include things such as assessment and feedback, quality of teaching, and personal tutoring. You can upvote people’s feedback if you don’t want to write your own and this will be anonymous. However, we reserve the right to remove any inappropriate content.

Please login at the top of the page to submit an idea/submission.

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    More information about semester 2

    Current
      Are we going to continue waiting for the uni to update us at the last minute in terms of classes being online or not. Especially those who are international students who are awaiting for more info wether we should be back on campus or not? Especially those international students who have been paying for their flats in Newcastle (have been paying since March) with hopes to resume PIP teaching in semester 2 or should we move out.
    Gemma Powell
    8:58pm on 18 Nov 20 Completely agree. Students should be given information on semester 2 arrangements and possibility of online study in December. Disabled and international students can't just 'come in on Monday' without prior arrangements. The lack of knowledge about our exams too is astonishing. Online? In person? Language speaking and listening exams? Any other subject that doesn't have a way of doing things not on paper should know too. I mention oral exams and aural exams as a linguist but I assume there's many subjects in a similar position