What your reps are up to...

NSU reps volunteer to speak up for Northumbria students, giving their time to improve the student experience. This blog is their place to share views and updates, and we hope it gives an interesting insight into some of the work going on to speak up for students at Northumbria. 

Notorious November and Delightful December

Well happy new year everyone and hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

Two months have gone by and November is notorious for being busy, and December has been delightful and flown by- two very contrasting months!

In November, the last of the programme representative training sessions ended and what a phenomenal time to meet so many engaged and committed students who want to represent the students voices within their courses. These sessions have taken up most of the month for me as I attended 13 of them this month.

I also attended the first of the Learning and Teaching Meetings and addressed both positives and negatives within the Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (SWECW) Department. I met with Directors of Learning and Teaching within the Health and Life Sciences Faculty (HLS) so we can build upon the professional relationships to ensure the students get the best out of their course experience as possible. These meetings are once a month just like the FEC (Faculty Education Committee) meetings and the Department Representative lunches. In regards to the Department Representative lunches, I brought up the issue surrounding the cash machine at Coach Lane Campus and how we only have one for the whole campus and it’s not very reliable. From what I have heard on the grapevine, something is going ahead with this, but I don’t know the full details about this so in my next updates, I might be able to tell you more!

December brought delightful opportunities for all of the Department Representatives. We were invited to the Academic Congregation Dinner. This is a dinner that celebrates the success and contribution of the members of the University Community. It is the first time we have been invited to anything like this so we were very honoured. As for myself, it was a humbling experience to be invited and we thank Professor Peter Francis for this invite.

We also had our very first Programme Representative Social. A massive thank you to all who attended- it was great to see new faces! This was a great opportunity to meet, bond, and have the continuing relationship to make change happen and let the students voice be heard!

I have also been in a meeting with the students’ union, a fellow Department Rep and an Open Place Councillor. This was to discuss about a placements survey. This has now been rolled out and is only applicable to first year students at the moment, but we are hoping it will be accessible for second and third year students soon. If you are a first-year student and want to participate, follow this link:  https://www.mynsu.co.uk/surveys/placements/

Upcoming news: Student Led Teaching Awards are up and running and we have had some nominations so far but would love loads more. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate staff at the university and how they have made your experience at Northumbria even better! To nominate a member of staff, follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SLTA2018

There is also a de-stress day at Coach Lane Campus on the 25th January where their will be dog petting between 1-3. However, so there is no overcrowding, it’s best to book a slot. To do this, follow this link: https://doodle.com/poll/uz6igtgr7eya6xn5

As always, I am available by email: grace.lawson@northumbria.ac.uk

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