Timi, one of Biological Sciences' Department Lead Reps, was awarded the Convenor's Choice Award for Science & Health last week at the Course Rep awards for his commitment through communicating to students around the strikes and dedication through the year.
Thanks to feedback from course reps, Edge Hotel School lectures will now begin with a ten minute feedback session.
Following reports from Course Reps and action from the school's Vice Principal (Academic), Harvard Referencing has been removed from study support sessions and replaced instead by “Writing in the third person”. The sessions are run by Philip Berners.
We have spoken with the Head of Department and confirmed that most staff in this department are not on strike. Of those that are, their classes have been covered so disruptions are expected to be minimal.
We are in the process of agreeing a statement with the department.
We have met with the Head of Department, Professor Anthony Vickers. The dept. is keeping a tally on which modules have been affected as a result of strike action. The department is keen not to make a blanket statement on changes until full effects from the strike have been taken into account. A Senior Management Team meeting has been held within the department to determine what will be done regarding affected assessments & labs. The SU are keeping the department updated regarding issues arising.
We have met with the Head of Department & Department Manager. They are keeping a tally of the modules affected. They have recently contacted you providing an update following the most recent industrial action but are keen not to make a full statement on changes until full effects have been taken into account. They are dealing with issues on a case by case basis, but with collective issues etc. rather than on an individual basis. The SU are also keeping the Department updated on issues arising.
We have met with the Head of Department, Second Year Director and Exams Tutor. The department is keen not to make a full announcement until their plans involving reassessments and exams have been confirmed by the Deputy Dean (Education). The SU are keeping the department updated on any issues they have received from students arising from the strike and the department are working to address these issues.
Following your course reps' feedback, we have managed to move LG215 deadline to a later date.
Following your course reps' feedback, we have managed to move BE312 deadline to a later date.
Following feedback that PGT students did not feel they had enough marketing knowledge to start a dissertation, Marketing seminars were redesigned for Autumn Term.
Following reports from reps on there being too high a ratio of students to GTAs, an additional GTA will be present in each lab session. This has already been implemented in the Autumn Term.
As of next year, the UG Education Officer will ensure Module Supervisors supply alternative access to lecture materials, either on Moodle or Listen Again; to explain why some modules are restricted; and to notify students in the first lecture of term if Listen Again is unavailable. The UG Education will also investigate the proportion of modules using Listen Again and to see whether or not access could be granted to students with extenuating circumstances for absence.
After Course Reps pointed out that there wasn't a clear difference between UG and PG marking criteria, more descriptive information on this will be added to the Module Description.
Taking on feedback raised since the last SSLC, greater guidance on dissertations has been implemented into December's Dissertation Information Meeting.
The Skills for Linguistics module will be redesigned following consistent feedback that content on the module does not adequately fill the time spent on it.
Following student feedback that information on conference funding was not clear, information on this topic will soon be accessible to students via Moodle.
We are proud to announce that Lucretia Perotto is the new Department rep for the department of Language and Linguistics! She will be leading course reps as we continue to make changes from the ground up!
We are proud to announce that Peter Seward is the new Department Rep for CSEE! He will lead CSEE reps as we continue to make changes from the ground up!
Following feedback that MSc students that had undertaken their undergrad at Essex were taking the same modules for their Masters and would like to see new modules developed, a new module has been developed for Spring Term 2018 - BS331-7-SP - Stem Cells and Ageing!
We are proud to announce that Dearnna Clinkscales is the new Department Rep for Biological Sciences. She will lead the Biological Sciences Course Reps as we continue to make change from the ground up!
We are proud to announce that Karen Engh and Michael Adeleke are the new Department Reps for Essex Business School. They will be leading EBS Course Reps as we continue to make changes from the ground up!
THANKS TO STUDENT FEEDBACK, THE DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT IS REVERTING BACK TO USING LAST YEAR'S SCALING SYSTEM TO ENSURE FAIR MARKING IN AN ASSESSMENT OF MODULE GV307.
After reps raised confusion around the 5% participation rate in GV213, staff have agreed to assess how this grade is being used and bring it to the attention of Education Committee to see whether or not the dept. should continue with this form of reassessment.
We are proud to announce that Leo Minns and Anamika Shaivya are the new Department Reps for Government. They will be leading Government Course Reps as we continue to make changes from the ground up!
We are proud to announce that Ivan Srbulov and Nishita Shah are the new Department Reps for Economics. They will be leading Economics Course Reps as we continue to make changes from the ground up!
Student Staff member Maryhee Hoon has been organising various representation meetings throughout term. There has been amazing turnout from students with great ideas being put forward, which have been fed back to the department. Watch this space!
We are proud to announce that Crystal Purnell is the new Department Rep for LIFTS. She will be leading History Course Reps as we continue to make changes from the ground up!
In the new handbook, it will be made more clear which sections relate to Philosophy and which sections relate specifically to Art History.
As a result of Course Rep feedback, Reading Summaries are now to be spaced out to tie in with reading week, as opposed to being set for the week before.
We are proud to announce that Hugh Williams is the new Department Rep for SPAH. She will be leading History Course Reps as we continue to make changes from the ground up!
Course Reps are currently working with John Haynes to make plans for a LIFTS Communal Garden! Watch this space...
As a result of Course Reps feedback back to the department, module LT204 now includes film clips and excerpts to illustrate the theory in question and connect it to film examples.
We are proud to announce that Emma Reeve is the new Department Rep for LIFTS. She will be leading History Course Reps as we continue to make changes from the ground up!
As a result of student feedback and thanks to Course Reps, the LW201 take-home exam was extended from four days to five days to accommodate students who had work and travel commitments. Result!
We are really proud to have Harriet Smith as our Department Rep. Harriet will be leading all UG Law and Human Rights Course Reps as we continue to make changes from the ground up!
As a result of Course Reps feeding back, the History Department are now in talks with the LIFTS Department to make the CS101 module no longer compulsory.
All first year Course Modules now have their Primary Sources Available in the Department Office.
We are proud to announce that Mai Ljumgstrom and Jess Fure are our Department Reps for UG and PG respectively. They will be leading History Course Reps as we continue to make changes from the ground up.
Thanks to Course Rep Feedback, background reading lists are now to be given to students in time for when they are selecting their modules for the following year.
Thanks to our fantastic Course Rep, Belynda, for making this happen!
We are really proud to announce that Tanya Anjum has taken on the position of Department Rep for Essex Pathways. She will be leading the Course Reps for the rest of the year.
As a result of rep feedback, several changes have been made to the 1st year timetable: study time, additional study days at the beginning of term, session starts at 10am, holidays changed to week in April and then one week before starting placement. Excellent work!
Thanks to reps raising this at SSLCs, WBL Nursing students will now be given six weeks notice of their placements via PEMS.
After reps raised the issues of not enough core textbooks available for the Actuarial Sciences course, reps have secured a commitment from the Maths Department to buy extra copies of "Actuarial Examination Tables", 2002.
Thanks to the feedback of Psychology Course reps, exams for second year students have been split between and January and summer, meaning less pressure for students at the end of the year!
Thanks to reps, additional supervised sessions to provide knowledge skills in advance of the module starting will be implemented for the 2017-18 academic year!
Students requested the introduction of a microwave in the cafe. This has been installed on a trial period.
One of the course reps last year organised 6 study sessions/sit down meals with students studying law to discuss material outside of the course syllabus.
Course Reps fed back that M-Drive space was an issue, and the department have increased its storage space to 2GB. During the SSLC, Course Reps and academic staff also discussed the possibility of both increasing the space to 10GB or the possibility of the school having its own server in the future!
Students taking the Genomics module fed back to course reps that they wanted more space on their M-Drive. So, Course Reps got in contact with the Department, who got in touch with the IT department. As a result, this space has now been increased!
Course Reps organised end of term Christmas parties by year group at the end of term 1 for students to relax and enjoy themselves after a long semester of hard work!
One of last year's course reps raised a point about the loan system for returning library books. Thanks to this issue being raised, the VP Education and Library worked together to increase the number of days a book could be returned late without incurring a fine from 3 days to 7!
The postgraduate research course reps have helped to organise a coffee and cake afternoon so that postgraduate research students can meet other research students to collaborate, share ideas and socialise.
Course Reps reported that students would have liked the full reading lists available to them for each module over summer so they could get a head start on reading, so the admin team will make sure to add these for the next academic year!