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timi adewumi awarded convenor's choice award

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.

 
MORE FEEDBACK IN LECTURES

Thanks to feedback from course reps, Edge Hotel School lectures will now begin with a ten minute feedback session.

 
Harvard referencing removed from study support sessions

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.

 
HSC: REGARDING THE STRIKES

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.

 
SRES: REGARDING THE STRIKES

We have met with the Head of Department, and confirmed that no members of staff in SRES are striking and so disruptions are not expected.

 
PSYCHOLOGY: REGARDING THE STRIKES

We are in the process of agreeing a statement with the department.

 
CSEE: STATEMENT REGARDING THE STRIKE

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.

 
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: STATEMENT REGARDING THE STRIKE

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.

 
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES: STATEMENT REGARDING THE STRIKE

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.

 
LG215 Deadline

Following your course reps' feedback, we have managed to move LG215 deadline to a later date.

 
BE312 Deadline

Following your course reps' feedback, we have managed to move BE312 deadline to a later date.

 
E RESOURCES AVAILABILITY

Following rep feedback regarding students wanting greater access to reading materials via TALIS, the Sociology department is now looking into multi-user licenses for e-resources.

 
COMMON ROOM ADVERTISEMENT!

Following student feedback that the Common Room was not well-advertised to second years, the department agreed to send out emails informing students of the Common Room. The department now also includes the Common Room in Applicant Day tours and should be known to all first years and prospective students.

 
REDESIGNED MARKETING MODULES

Following feedback that PGT students did not feel they had enough marketing knowledge to start a dissertation, Marketing seminars were redesigned for Autumn Term.

 
ADDITIONAL GTAs FOR LABS

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.

 
LISTEN AGAIN: GUIDANCE AND ALTERNATIVES

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.

 
CLEARER ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

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.

 
IMPROVED DISSERTATION GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT

Taking on feedback raised since the last SSLC, greater guidance on dissertations has been implemented into December's Dissertation Information Meeting.

 
SKILLS FOR LINGUISTICS MODULE TO BE REDESIGNED

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.

 
CLEARER INFORMATION FOR CONFERENCE FUNDING TO BE AVAILABLE

Following student feedback that information on conference funding was not clear, information on this topic will soon be accessible to students via Moodle.

 
USE OF FRIDGE FOR PGR STUDENTS

PGR Course Reps requested the use of a refrigerator in the common room. The department agreed to allow this, subject to PGR students keeping it clean and keeping in line with Health and Safety requirements.

 
INTRODUCTION OF LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS DEPT REP

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!

 
INTRODUCTION OF CSEE DEPARTMENT REP

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!

 
NEW MODULE FOR MSC STUDENTS

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!

 
INTRODUCTION OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DEPT. REP

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!

 
INTRODUCTION OF SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT REPS

We are proud to announce Kristal Ofori as the new Department rep for Sociology! Kristal will lead Course reps in Sociology Dept. as we continue to make changes from the ground up!

 
INTRODUCTION OF EBS DEPARTMENT REPS

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!

 
GRADE SCALING REVERTED TO LAST YEAR'S SYSTEM

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.

 
USE OF 5% PARTICIPATION MARK TO BE RE-ASSESSED

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.

 
INTRODUCTION OF GOVERNMENT COURSE REPS

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!

 
INTRODUCTION OF NEW ECONOMICS DEPT REPS

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!

 
REPRESENTATION MEETINGS

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!

 
INTRODUCTION OF ISC DEPARTMENT REP

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!

 
HANDBOOK TO BE MADE MORE CLEAR

In the new handbook, it will be made more clear which sections relate to Philosophy and which sections relate specifically to Art History.

 
READING SUMMARIES TO TIE IN WITH READING WEEK

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.

 
INTRODUCTION OF SPAH DEPARTMENT REP

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!

 
COMMUNAL GARDEN IN PROCESS...

Course Reps are currently working with John Haynes to make plans for a LIFTS Communal Garden! Watch this space...

 
MAKING LT204 MORE RELEVANT TO FILM STUDENTS

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.

 
INTRODUCTION OF LIFTS DEPARTMENT REP

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!

 
EXTENSION OF TAKE-HOME EXAM

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!

 
ELECTION OF DEPARTMENT REP

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!

 
MAKING CS101 NO LONGER COMPULSORY

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.

 
PRIMARY SOURCES NOW AVAILABLE

All first year Course Modules now have their Primary Sources Available in the Department Office.

 
INTRODUCTION OF DEPARTMENT REPS

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.

 
BACKGROUND READINGS TO BE RECEIVED EARLIER

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.

 
MORE ENGLISH SPEAKING AND LISTENING EXERCISES FOR PRE-MASTERS STUDENTS

Thanks to our fantastic Course Rep, Belynda, for making this happen!

 
INTRODUCTION OF DEPARTMENT REP

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.

 
CHANGES TO FIRST YEAR TIMETABLE!

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!

 
LONGER NOTICE OF PLACEMENTS!

Thanks to reps raising this at SSLCs, WBL Nursing students will now be given six weeks notice of their placements via PEMS.

 
MORE BOOKS FOR ACTUARIAL SCIENCES STUDENTS!

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.

 
Increased M Drive Space

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!

 
More space on the M drive!

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!

 
Coffee machine in the maths common room!

Course Reps organised the installation of a brand new coffee machine in the maths department common room!

 
Library late return period increased!

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!

 
PGR Student Socials!

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.

 
Full reading lists available over the summer!

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!