Your Academic Reps have been hard at work, representing your academic interests and securing a wide variety of positive, student-led changes across the University. Below is a snapshot of what they have achieved during the first term of 2016/17:
Mechanical and Systems Engineering
- Fluent Computer Assessment will be changed next year so that MSc and BEng/MEng students are not put in teams together.
- LabView deadline has been pushed back by one day for all groups to alleviate the workload of several continuous deadlines.
Education, Communication and Language Sciences
- Second year BA Education students have agreed with their lecturers that every lecture will be ReCapped and available on Blackboard for every student on our course to access, as well as lecture PowerPoints being added to Blackboard before each lecture to assist students with their note-taking.
- Second year Education students have successfully set up the peer-mentoring scheme for our course, and have assisted the first year students through their first semester at Newcastle University – we hope to continue this scheme throughout the following years, with the enthusiasm of our first year students.
Institute of Neuroscience
- By working closely with school staff, the Thesis word count of 80,000 words will now exclude footnotes and referencing, where before these were included.
School of Psychology:
- Following student feedback, school staff will be reviewing an overlap in content in stage 2 modules.
- Changes have been made to the heating in the School of Psychology lecture theatres to ensure they’re much more comfortable for learning.
History, Classics & Archaeology:
- Following student requests for improved careers events, the school liaised directly with the SSC to devise improved careers events moving forward. These include; an alumni event & a careers workshop for all HCA students in semester two and a compulsory CV check for dissertation students.
Education, Communication & Language Sciences:
- Doctoral room is now to be cleaned regularly, and has a permanent “Student Suggestion Box” to help facilitate the gathering of feedback for SSCs.
- New programme of Careers talks organised on the back of student feedback
Marine Science & Technology:
- Secured a fridge & microwave in the school common room
- Improved access for students to PC clusters used for teaching, if room is not at capacity.
School of Computing Science:
- Secured 24-hour access to the School’s computer cluster after substantial work within the SSC.
- The SSC has become heavily involved in the planning of induction weeks, to ease the transition of future new students into the programme. New ideas for these induction events proposed by the student body have since been adopted by the School.
- PGR Sub-Committee agreed to change the email to students to invite them to provide comments/feedback to the Graduate School Administrator regarding their Annual Progression experience. The Graduate School Administrator will log comments for review by the Dean.
- In response to the students’ willingness to have more opportunities to present their research, students-to-students collaboration was established with Durham University Business School
School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics:
- Student-led “Equality & Diversity” group set up to investigate equality & diversity within the school.
- PG PC cluster has been refurbished with new computers being equipped, providing a superior learning atmosphere.
- Issues around the delivery of a module were resolved through collaboration between the students and staff, facilitate directly through the SSC.
- PGR student reps have helped form a PGR Teachers Forum in the School, which provides the opportunity for PGRs to raise and address teaching related issues directly with Head of the School and other relevant members of staff. The Forum runs twice a year.
- Deadline of a key Stage 3 assignment deemed to be too close to the January exam period has been changed following SSC consultation.
- Greater clarity has been provided to staff around students’ level of training around certain essential software, which has led to amendments of assignment rubrics and a commitment from the school to improve the training provided for the software in question.
School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development:
- Planning a new Postgraduate careers conference to take place on an annual basis.
Maths and Statistics:
- Held a successful student engagement event to help gather a large amount of feedback to ensure as many of the students’ views reached the SSC as possible.
Geography, Politics and Sociology:
- Following student feedback, emails are now being sent as reminders for seminars featuring guest-speakers, and Information to this effect has been added to blackboard regarding modules.
- Students expressed the desire to have staff office hours publicised more clearly, which has now been implemented. Extremely grateful feedback has since been received from the students.
- Through working with other PGRs in Politics and the Head of Department, PGRs giving lectures as normal TAs, and PGRs giving lectures as module leaders, will now be paid the same rate. This means TAs who aren’t module leaders will still be paid the same rate for the same type of work (at SLTSEC).
Institute of Genetic Medicine:
- SSC has worked closely with the social committee to make sure events cater for everyone (not all based around alcohol or nights out) and to ensure that everyone has access to information on events.
Remember, if there are any issues you would like to see addressed or achievements you think should be celebrated on your programme, get in touch with one of your Course Reps and they will let staff know about it at your Student-Staff Committee. If they can't solve it then they can discuss it with your School Rep who can, if necessary, escalate the issue to a higher level to make sure your interests are represented.