Students pay a lot of money to get a degree, and it's pretty important that we receive consistent quality of teaching. We're going to work with students and staff at Essex to set an agreement of what good teaching looks like.
We are working with the University to look at Research led teaching and how current course design can be adapted to allow for more research led teaching. We expect a paper to go to research Committee in 19/20 for consideration.
Talent Development Centre
There's nothing more frustrating than receiving feedback too late into your module to be able to use it to improve your grades. It would also be pretty good if you could give some feedback mid-module to be able to make change.
The SU are pushing the university to try and make both those things a reality.
We've all been there. Exams are stressful. It's even more stressful if you don't have past papers to work from or a group of people you can study with. We're looking to work with the university to allow you to have access to past papers before an exam.
We're also looking to create departmental led study groups and group study kits which you can get from your the SU student rep on your course.
Knowing your academic rights is pretty important 'cause we're paying a lot for our degrees. We're pretty keen to make sure you get good access to academic support, so are working with the uni to make sure academic support hours are spread out. If all academics in your department have them at the same time, and you happen to be in your spin class then, how are you going to get the advice on your essay that you are looking for? Oh, and we want to have a look at if academics are in their office when they say they are, because no-one likes to turn up and be let down.
SU Education Team
Joint Honours students, we feel for you. Communication between departments clashes, rules of assessment can be different between two departments and being able to report clashes isn't easy. We want to work with the university to make life easier for you.
A deadline is like a weight on the shoulders. You know you've got to get it done but it's pretty hard to shift. Add in more deadlines at the same time and it's pretty overwhelming. We're hoping to work with the university to get deadlines distributed better.
We have worked to create a process within the course approval process where courses will be looked at, at course level not just module level resulting in an oversight of deadlines across a course. This should greatly reduce instances of deadlines being on the same day or too close together. Where this is unavoidable we have lobbied to ensure that this is communicated earlier and with enough detail to allow students to plan for it.