Student Reps from four schools of study at Sussex have created reports assessing the performance of their schools of study over the last academic year.
Maria Andreou (Psychology), Veronica Robhi Masubo (Business, Management and Economics), Luke Richards (Global Studies) and Megan Sambrook-Smith (Brighton and Sussex Medical School) have taken part in the inaugural Reporting Back scheme, by creating comprehensive reports on how their school of study has performed in student surveys, academic and non-academic support, and how their peers view the school. These reports have been shared with their heads of schools and are available to download below for any interested parties.
The four inaugural 'reporters' discuss how they've campaigned on some vital issues for their peers;
Maria highlights the issue of Associate Tutor (AT) contracts, recognising the difficulties some PhD students are facing in terms of a lack of training as tutors and a failure to be paid for their time and expertise.
Veronica has been working with other Student Reps from Business, Management and Economics on implementing year-round mentoring schemes and using social media to reach out to her peers.
Luke conducted a survey of second year International Relations students on the effectiveness of seminars and student participation, and has made suggestions to help students get the most out of these sessions.
Megan and her fellow BSMS Reps have helped solve some very practical issues; from pressuring the school to fix the heating system in a lecture theatre, to working with the University Housing office to erect road signs to improve a dangerous crossing outside the school building.
Undergraduate Education Officer, Bethan Hunt, praised the impact these Student Reps have made;
"The Reporting Back project is a key part of enabling Student Reps to critically appraise the University. With these detailed reports we can track the University’s progress and assess how responsive they are to student opinions, as well as share best practice from different schools. Students should be equal partners in their learning. Our Student Reps have been fantastic this year, and I’m very excited to expand and enhance the Rep scheme for the start of the new academic year."
If you would like to take part in the Reporting Back scheme next academic year, you can do so by becoming a Student Rep.
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