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Experience of Meeting the Deans - 1st Year Class Rep

Mon 05 Oct 2015

I attended Meet the Deans event on Friday 24 October 2014. During this meeting, as a Class Rep, I had a great chance to ask the Deans everything I was not sure about (academic area) and get the answers from those people who really decide.
 

Many questions were asked by other Class Reps, mostly about funding. There was one question that I remember the best, from Class Rep for Gaelic 1: they did not have enough chairs as too many people signed up. This question might have sounded funny; however, this is really a problem as the number of students is growing faster than the number of classrooms. Another important problem to discuss were the exam dates: many students, mostly overseas, complained about these dates being published too late that caused issues with buying cheap plane tickets to go home for holidays. The Deans said that some actions have been already taken, and in Semester 2 the dates would be announced much earlier. (And it did happen, in Semester 2 the dates were announced a month earlier than usual.)
 

For me, the main concern was the tuition fee for overseas students. Being an overseas student means that you do have to pay a lot, but the main problem here is that the prices increase every year by 5%. I was not the only one who raised this problem. The response from the Deans was, however, vague and we did not get a clear explanation for why the prices are so high and continue to grow. I am pretty sure we can do something about it, as overseas students constitute at least 1/3 of all students at the University; however, this is my last year, so there is not much I personally can do about it.

 
 

Welcome to the School of Divinity Representation page.
 

Here you will find useful information about your School’s student representation system.
 

First of all, let us introduce you to your School Representatives. Each School has two School Reps whose role is to listen to you and bring any issues you raise to the relevant staff and committee meetings, such as the Student-Staff Liaison Committee or your School Council. In Divinity, the Undergraduate School Representative is Stephen Dolan and the Postgraduate School Representative will be elected in the October By-Election. Feel free to get in touch with them if you feel that you have something important to say to the School! Your School also contains Class Representatives who work very closely with the School Representative, EUSA and the staff to ensure you make the most out of your courses. Potential areas Class Reps may engage with are issues with feedback, course content, and suitability of assessment.

The School Council is a democratic structure and forum that enables you to take a proactive approach to your student life. It is a way for you and your coursemates to voice your opinions about what is going on in your School, and you are entitled to bring up issues and ideas that you consider relevant to the student experience in these meetings. You can ask your School Representatives to talk on behalf of you, or you can speak for yourself and count on their help to bring these issues forward and support you. They take place at least once a semester, so keep an eye out for updates from your Reps and don’t forget to attend – the more students that show up, the better! Last year the School Representatives held a very active School Council with a good attendance rate. The focus for the year was mainly on the students’ request to maintain Rainy Hall as a hot food cafe.

 

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