Have a great Christmas everyone! :)

As if it’s only 6 days until Christmas…

I definitely haven’t started Christmas shopping yet, wups.

So this term has been a very busy term, with lots going on… and lots and lots of meetings.

This year the University have set up 4 groups focusing on Assessment and Feedback, Organisation and Management, Student Support and Improving Good degrees. These were set up in response to our feedback and feedback from the NSS results.

I currently sit on both the Assessment and Feedback group and Student Support group. In the assessment and feedback group we interviewed students, programme leaders and heads of departments to ask for their experiences of assessment and feedback. From these interviews we will be making recommendations to academic board – these will be based on the timeliness of feedback, clarity of the grading criteria, and quality of the feedback.

One of the main focuses of the student support group is the personal tutor system, whether it is effective and how it can be improved. So any feedback on that would be appreciated.

Another successful meeting last week was our meeting with the Director of Facilities management. We discussed issues around gender neutral toilets, the accessibility of campus, increasing the number of launderettes on campus, car parking and food choices for students with specific dietary requirements and FM will now be working on overcoming these issues.  We will also be working with some of our disabled students to put together recommendations on how the campus can be made more accessible and presenting this at facilities management team meeting so they can work together to put together an action plan.

A lot of this came from our very successful International Day of Persons with Disabilities which was organised by our disabled students’ officer Shannen. This day challenged the misconceptions around disability, questioned the accessibility of campus and made people think about the struggles that students with physical disabilities have to overcome everyday by closing off the stairs in the hub and encouraging students to take part in a blind football match. This will be part of an ongoing campaign to increase support for disabled students.

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Another campaign we are continuing from last year is our Rate you Landlord survey and awards ceremony, this is your opportunity to rate the quality of your accommodation and quality of the service – Rate your landlord here bit.ly/ehrateyourlandlord.

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We’re hoping that this will help drive the standards of off campus accommodation upwards, and create healthy competition amongst landlords and letting agencies. We may also contact you about negative comments and advise you to come and speak to our advice center to see what support they can offer you.

Anyway, I’ll leave things there for now as I don’t want to overload you with information.

Have a great Christmas and New Year everyone! And I’ll see you all in the New Year!

xxxxx

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