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Education Officer, Bethan Hunt, has notified the University of timetabling issues that conflict with

Bethan would like any undergraduate students who have found that they have lessons scheduled on a wednesday afternoon to email her on education@sussexstudent.com.

This comes after a number of undergraduate students have contacted her raising the issue that they have had lectures scheduled in for times which the University's own policy prohibits.

The University's website states:

We do NOT schedule undergraduate lectures after 1pm on Wednesday. If you appear to have an Undergraduate lecture scheduled after 1pm on Wednesday you should contact your Department office - they will advise you

*** UPDATE 29/10/2014 ***

Education Officer, Bethan Hunt, brought the issue of Wednesday afternoon teaching to the attention of Pro-Vice Chancellor Clare Mackie.

Mackie obtained a list of all classes scheduled after 1pm on a Wednesday; explained that a few of the timetabling issues were with voluntary classes/extracurricular offerings or within the school of Social Work, where students have to be available on Wednesday afternoons for professional practice placements.

There were three areas that were identified as problematic; two of these are because of mixing of final year integrated masters students with postgraduate level 7 students.

  1. Engineering & Informatics - A class in computing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. This class is for undergraduate integrated masters students and level 7 masters students.
  2. Mathematics & Physical Sciences - Similar issue to the above, with a mixed class being scheduled for Wednesday afternoons.
  3. Life Sciences - A neuroscience undergraduate class had been scheduled on a Wednesday due to availability issues with medical students who are also attendees.

Clare Mackie said:

I have asked Heads of School with clashes 1-3 listed above to attempt to reschedule, although I think it is unlikely to be achieved this term. I will ask Tim May to block the scheduling involving undergraduate students for next term.

Comments

Christopher Barber
4:18pm on 23 Oct 14 I am a 4th year (undergraduate) Physicist. We have our C++ lecture and workshop starting at 1pm and finishing at 4pm. There are a few of us who need to take this module for our final year project and we play sport to team level. When the school was confronted with this issue we were just told to change module. This is unacceptable. Inevitably we are either going to have to miss an entire weeks worth of lectures for that module or let our teams down.
Lenart Celar
4:11pm on 23 Oct 14 I'm a second year now and I didn't have a single lecture (or a seminar/lab/practical) on Wednesday so far. BUT all submission deadlines are on Wednesday. And if University's own policy prohibits lectures on Wednesdays (after 1pm), then why are submission deadlines on Wednesdays? This means that all students (who don't hand it in early) have to come to campus especially to submit their coursework. And since there is no e-submission available (at least not for second and third years) this makes it very annoying. It would be much better for all students to have submission deadlines pushed to Thursday of the same week and I believe it wouldn't present much trouble for school offices to do so. This is my opinion. I don't know if other students have lectures or seminars on Wednesdays, but if they don't I guess that would suit them as well. With your help, Bethan, we could make that happen a lot faster (next term maybe?).
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