Resources for humanities are not as demanding (cost wise) as the SE programmes however they are paying the same fees, and how that is value for money. Having one copy in the library per 15 students , means that when the programmes has slightly under 50 student there is only one copy.
Staff have raised that they are aware of some of the challenges, but these will be looked into further.
What is it going to be done by the SU to ensure that students will not be assessed on material that is lost during strikes?
Guidance from the SU and university given about the strikes - note that departments have agreed not to assess students on material that would have been covered during the strike. If this isn't done, contact heads of department or the head of school.
Trying to understand what are the reason of the strikes, pensions, and the fallout re: the gov agreement. Beside the strike itself, what is the university's stance on the strike?
The negotiations are not in the university power, as it taking place at national level, and it comes down to the affordability of the model. University is sympathetic to the staff demands, however, it wouldn't be affordable for the institution to answer the demands. From SU point of view it is important to that staff know that they are supported, as it is a difficult decision.
Strikes impact on student learning, and is there a chance for reimbursement?
International students pay double if not tripe compared to eu home students, the idea of deciding what will happen with the money from the strikes is all good, but international student lose more money than the home/eu students. Reimbursment/ compensations should be available, and should be individually assessed.
Discussion of the strike fund pot, which comes from staff vages, and that students have access to discuss what this is used for. Annual Members Meeting will decide, and then how the money is actually spent will be decided by various Action Groups.
Attendance during strikes, particularly for international students.
For the strike action, university will suspend the attendance monitoring during the strike, however the scanning would be necessary to give the university an understanding the impact
What can the SU and the department do to help reps access their peers?
SU website has been solved, emails can now be sent and so can surveys. If reps have anymore suggestions these can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is responsible for updating the front facing PGR students list, including their area of study?
Lists are being managed by schools, but the university is in the process of being centralised by the end of the academic year.
Issues with library and printing, journals that are not available from other institutions or university library, and students cannot ask for the books to be purchased, only through the supervisor, and that the funding for resources comes from supervisor's budget.
Discussed with student directly, and being investigated further.
Could 100% attendance could it be rewarded, to encourage students to attend?
This will be looked into by university staff.
Issues with timetabling and only receiving timetables on short notice.
Told to speak to SSC and timetabling members of staff, but also that this is good to know as the university is trying to improve the timetabling. Will be taken forward.
What can course reps do to help decolonise the curriculum?
Look at what your departments are doing, connect with members of staff. Make it an active part of SSCs and make sure it's being discussed.
Q: Physics SSCs go well and staff genuinely want to be involved with solving issues. Students aren't aware of the changes when they aren't part of the process, but it's good to see now they're part of the process.
A: Course reps should be thanked for the amount of effort they put in to making changes. Course reps are a good system to bring up suggestions and changes, and at Leicester course reps bring up good changes.
Q: Issues with timetabling and students being able to work, and because of how late timetables were released. Could they be released earlier in future? 2 weeks isn't enough time if you're organising childcare, so it's making mature students and students with caring responsibilities suffer (Psych specifically)
A: Mature students should talk to their departments to organise things in particular.
Q: Changes through the year to timetabling aren't being added to outlook calendars.
A: Again, this should be looked at, especially for courses like medicine with a longer semester.
Q: No feedback from labs, only marks, which makes it difficult to improve as they don't know why they're getting low marks.
A: Students should have been given written feedback as well as marks, and this will be looked at.
Q: Oge asks if international students are being effected differently by the strikes.
A: Some departments are being informed, i.e. PG Physics. International students in Psych who are paying a lot, and their attendance effects visas, but there's been no clarity with how the attendance works.
Q: Oge asks if students have been informed of these rules, and what they're told. CRs say that it's very limited, and some departments have asked for CRs not to spread info about the strikes.
A: Staff have been asked to inform students when they are striking, but they don't have to. Attendance won't count when the staff are on strike. Register at some point, to show they're still in the country, and if you're on campus for a session that is cancelled you should still scan your card.
A: Students are entitled to ask about who is striking, they might chose not to answer, but they should ask.
Q: Students don't know how strikes effects attendance, assessments, etc.
A: If face to face meetings are missing, they will not be assessed. However, Psychology are assessing on written material if that is being made available.
Q: Each department is following their own method, there is no communication between the departments. Especially in relation to the strikes, as some departments are giving clear communication and others are giving nothing.
A: Different schools are effected differently, so they need to be able to respond differently. It is appropriate for them to respond differently, but there should still be communication. Information will be recirculated, but make sure people are checking their emails regularly for up to date information as the situations change daily.
Q: Strike if effecting the support staff on campus, so if international students struggle with their loans, they might have issues with accessing help.
A: Will be followed up, but most support staff aren't striking. Drop ins have been cancelled and students are struggling to find support, but this will be looked into further.
Q: Exam timetabling has changed, but exams are very close together, which makes students perform worse. Also have Saturday exams.
A: Scheduling exams is difficult, and the Jan exam period is much shorter, although some schools have had it extended. However, extending the exam period is not a perfect science.
Q: Not about extending the period, as they're close together within the exam period. Could they be across the whole period rather than squished together.
A: The new timetabling system should get better, but its not going to be fully worked out next year. Last year, the spacing was much better, and this system will only continue to improve. The more options for modules, the more difficulty in timetabling, as it's logistically very difficult.
Q: Talk about the exams making it more competitive, but students are worried its about getting staff back to research. Term 1 and 2 is incredibly unbalanced compared to Term 3.
A: This was moved so results could be released earlier, so graduates can apply for jobs. Therefore, January exam period had to be constricted. Assessment portfolio needs to be redesigned, to provide a more variety of life skills as part of the examinations. Call for Course Reps to put pressure on department to change how the assessments are structured to make this better.
Also changed so that Easter doesn't affect the term structure, so there's plenty of time for revision before final exams. This was done based on feedback.
Q: Employability Skills - Leicester Award being introduced is beneficial, but there isn't enough info on what it is and what needs to be done. Last year, some students had exams in November, all weighted to 20 to 25%. All are at 9am, which is a positive vs having them later in the day. This is in Maths.
Q: Students don't know what the Leicester Award is for, or what we're getting out of it. Physics.
Q: Having completed it last year, it would be better if it was less based on self evaluation and more about career advice. This isn't necessarily part of modules, but it can be incorperated. Med Biochem Year 2.
A: Process has changed this year, so it's more embedded into the modules. More work needs to be done about communicatin what it's for. What would students want?
Q: Open door policy, so you can talk to careers service and academic staff about the award.
Q: Good careers advice would help, so students can see other career paths outside of your course. Having people coming in and talking about what they did after the course, so students can see what options are available to them.
A: Have you had appointment with careers service?
Q: Yes, but not this year. Is aware the support is available.
Q: Final year biology, had alumni students come in and say what they're doing nowadays. There should be another one in second semester.
Q: Students in biology have asked if metriculation and introduction lectures, with teaching squeezed into it, so reading week would be introduced.
A: This comes up every year, and the agenda changes. If they have them, students hate them, but when they have them students want them. Light teaching week for biological sciences.
Q: Would people be interested in an event like this on a college level?
A: Yes! But should be communicated to all students.