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.