Academic Reps are volunteers who actively collect student feedback and help to make your time here the best it can be! If you have any positive or negative feedback about your course or experience here at Aberystwyth, you can contact you Academic Rep!
(You can find the contact details of your Academic Rep by searching your student record or using the ‘Find my Rep’ page on the SU website - www.abersu.co.uk/findmyrep/)
Academic reps are the link between staff and students, and up to three times a year they are invited to attend a departmental Student Staff Consultative Committees (SSCC). These meetings are important, as this is where your feedback is raised, discussed and noted, along with any other departmental matters or developments. It’s here where actions are put in place (where necessary) to help drive improvements, deal with issues and even create change!
Whilst the meeting happens behind closed doors, all students and staff are able to access to the SSCC minutes once written up. What is discussed in the SSCC is for everyone to know about!
With the SSCCs having taken place last term, the SU have been busy reading through the minutes, of which a total of 333 pieces of student feedback were noted! From this, feedback was classified into key themes, of which module feedback and ‘other’ feedback was the most reported by Academic Reps.
‘Other’ feedback included things that didn’t clearly fit under key themes such as attendance and tutorial issues, parking on campus, departmental notice boards, blackboard functionality and even noisy students causing disruptions in lectures.
It’s been 2 months since the first SSCCs and whilst some feedback will naturally take some time to be dealt with, there have been actions now completed which we can celebrate as Wins for Academic Reps! Some of the wins include…
- Upgraded water fountain in the Interpol building, making it easier to fill water bottles
- Parliamentary placement Bursary for Interpol students increased from £250 to £500 each
- Extra essay writing and referencing sessions put on by Law and Criminology across all years
- Excel workshops now delivered by careers for those who don’t have much experience using the programme
- Additional officers allocated to Business School PHD students
- English and Creative writing have extended and updated their department foyer to be more user friendly and provide more of community feel
- DGES staff are enhancing ways in which they provide effective feedback
Feedback from departmental staff has been really positive, with reps enthusiastic and engaged in conversations which helped to implement these improvements or changes. Semester 2 SSCCs take place in February, so please do contact your Academic Rep with feedback, because as you can see, they can help to facilitate change, big or small!