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THINGS WE’RE WORKING ON

 

 

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.

The Vice Chancellor of the University expressed his public support of this project.
Achieved in Nov 2018
The SU went to a project evaluation group with university academics. We went to this meeting to gain support from staff, but there were reservations.
Achieved in Dec 2018
Identify academic staff we can start work on this with.
Scheduled for Jan 2019
We took some proposals for the good teaching manifesto and mid-module feedback suggestion to a module evaluation group. There was some support within University but we are unable to make any measureable progress. We will explore alternative options to achieve initial outcome.
Scheduled for Apr 2020
 

EDMUND WALKER

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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.

The SU went to a project evaluation group with university academics. We are now looking to gain wider support from other academics.
Achieved in Dec 2018
 

EDMUND WALKER

Sabb working on this project, Email me

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.

Group study kits for student reps created, and they have the ability to book rooms and run study groups.
Scheduled for Jan 2019
The SU will submit a paper to the University Education Committee asking for it to be made compulsory that all departments make past papers available before exams.
Scheduled for Feb 2019
The SU have identified the problem behind why not all modules have listen again.
Scheduled for May 2019
Past papers and student led revision sessions to be available by the end of term 2
Scheduled for Term 2
 

EDMUND WALKER

Sabb working on this project, Email me

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.

Review took place to look at how many departments have academic support hours in one block rather than spreading them out and how many academics are available when they state they are..
Achieved in Term 1
Pro VC Education asked all academics to spread out academics support hours.
Scheduled for Jan 2019
The results of this review will then go to the University Education Committee.
Scheduled for Feb 2019
Academic right sessions to be planned.
Scheduled for Term 2
 

EDMUND WALKER

Sabb working on this project, Email me

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.

Paper showing case studies of joint honours students experiences to improve communication went to university task and finish group.
Achieved in Dec 2018
The paper from the task and finish group will go to Education Committee in the summer.
Scheduled for Jun 2019
The SU conducted research on the experiences of joint honours students and the concerns that have been found have been put forward to the Education Committee.
Scheduled for Aug 2019
 

EDMUND WALKER

Sabb working on this project, Email me

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.

The SU and members of the University are aware of a policy agreed which distributes deadlines.
Done in Dec 2018
 

EDMUND WALKER

Sabb working on this project, Email me