Yet MORE Goals for the Year!
This time it’s not just me! I’ve outlined my goals for the year already, but a part of my role is to also have the very important responsibility of chairing SUSU’s Education Committee – and we’ve set out some aims for the year ourselves!
The committee meets once a month, and consists of myself, the eight Faculty Officers, the Postgraduate Taught and Research Officers, the International Officer, and Union Councillor reps – as well as anyone else who wants to attend (it’s an open committee for all) – and together, we discuss the major issues affecting students currently with regards to their education experience.
We pool together issues from within each Faculty, within each study type (UG/ PGT/ PGR), and experiences from different cohort groups to try and ensure that issues are discussed and actions decided on how to deal with them, and that the best ideas from other Faculties are spread across the University. It also helps dictate what I say on those issues and shapes the work I do for the following month!
As a committee, then, we decided to focus 3 core goals this year to try and ensure that, as a group, we try and maximise the student voice:
1) Improving Feedback – this is a major issue across the University, so we want to pool together opinions on what students think constitutes good feedback, and really push for better standards. With that in mind – I’m currently collecting examples of feedback, so if you have any examples (good or bad!), then please bring them to the Sabbatical Office on Level 2 (or email), I’ll make sure they’re anonymous – and I’ll present them to the University at the end of the month.
2) Communicating with Students (Feeding back on Feedback) – we felt that there was a big issue to deal with as a whole regarding making students aware of not just the work the University is doing, but what representatives are doing too. We’re going to make sure we share best practice across Faculties, whether reps send monthly newsletters to students or if they have a noticeboard, so that students are aware, as well as me writing blogs about the issues students are reporting (although please do excuse the lack of blog lately!)
3) Visibility to Students – last year I introduced the new method for electing reps via an online process – which did have a fair few issues at first. This year ran a lot more smoothly, with now over 400 reps in place (100 more than the whole of last year) and growing, so we want to make sure that students know who they all are! That way, it becomes easier for students to know who to go to when they have a problem, as well as how to contact them. We already have a Find a Rep page on the SUSU website (which needs updating following the recent set of elections) – but we also want to be more creative with informing you about who’s there representing you!
Of course, this won’t replace the work the Faculty Officers do in supporting their Academic Presidents or dealing with issues directly affecting students – but we felt that as a committee it was important to stay on top these areas so we hear about more issues and are able to showcase the work being done to improve them.
In December, we’ll start to properly flesh out some ideas about these goals and set some plans in motion, but if you’ve got any ideas on how we can best do this, then just comment below! All ideas welcome!