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Experience of an SSLC - 4th year Class Rep

Tue 15 Dec 2015

On 19/11/15 I attended the SSLC Meeting for the Honours Economics Program.

 

Prior Preparation for SSLC Meeting:

To prepare for the SSLC Meeting, I developed a survey which I distributed to all students in my courses. This survey considered overall satisfaction with teaching and taught material. I also asked students to voice any aspects of concern as well as those aspects they are particularly satisfied with. I evaluated the surveys and presented them in a clear summary.

 

Summary of SSLC Meeting:

Main Concerns Along with the other class reps, I engaged in discussion with staff about issues in the Economics Honours Program. Concerns about tutorials, dissertation, and lecture venues represented the key focus of discussion. All issues were considered, root causes identified, and potential solutions mainly for future years were proposed. I personally focused also on considering short-term solutions which are relevant to the students currently enrolled.

 

Lack of tutorials in some Honours Courses

I raised the issue concerning the lack of tutorials in the course “Advanced Topics in Applied Econometrics”. Staff recognized this issue and openly voiced that they will consider changing this requirement for future years. Furthermore, I suggested that for the current students enrolled in this course, at least a final review tutorial will be offered in the last week prior to the exam. Again staff was very willing to consider this recommendation, and promised to speak about this option with the relevant course organizer.

 

Mixed Satisfaction about Dissertation Presentations

A further topic, which is relevant to fourth year Honours Economics students, was the discussion of the dissertation presentations. These were held during Week 6 of Semester 1. To conclude from the discussion between class reps and staff, there was mixed feedback about how beneficial students perceived such presentations. While some groups found the feedback and discussion during these presentations very helpful, I voiced my concern that many students drew little benefits from the presentations. It may be suggested that in future years presentation groups should be smaller (5 people), as smaller discussion groups appeared to have found the presentations most beneficial. Furthermore, dissertation supervisors will need to focus on making the presentations more engaging, providing more detailed feedback.

 

Lecture Venues and Tutorial Rooms

Most of the other honours courses had high levels of satisfaction. However, the choice of lecture venues as well tutorial rooms seems to be another issue which needs close attention in the future. Currently rooms are often too small and cramped, thus impacting the learning environment severely. This issue was lead back primarily to the fact that staff underestimated the popularity of several new courses.

 

Concluding Remark:

Focus on Implementation of Solutions The SSLC meeting was an engaging discussion. I felt that I was able to take the feedback I received from students and voice concerns to staff openly. Due to time constraints, some of the problems could not be discussed as fully. Also since there was not a class rep from every honours course, some honours courses may not have received accurate representation. Now it is important that these issues are followed up upon. My attention will be particularly on ensuring that a review tutorial for the course “Advanced Topics in Applied Econometrics” receives further consideration.

 
Experience of Student Council - 3rd Year Class Rep

Tue 06 Oct 2015

Throughout the past year, I have attended a number of Student Council Meetings. At the first Student Council Meeting of the year, headed by the EUSA President, gave me and fellow students the opportunity to vote for or against motions, all of which would greatly affect the student body. I was able to listen to other representatives present their reports and see how these reports were voted upon by the elected representatives present. I also found that only elected reps were expected to vote on expenditure requests, which I may vote on next year should I be elected as a rep in the EUSA Elections.
 

At the second Student Council meeting, motions such as an improved Election Regulation programme and First-year international student outreach programme were voted on. I had the opportunity to reflect on the progress made by EUSA since the previous Student Council meeting, and also what progress can be made in the future.
 

The following meeting consisted of many motions and expenditure requests to be voted upon. These included a possible affiliation of EUSA with the Living Rent Campaign, Jewish Experience Week and the formation of a Parents and Carers Section Group. By attending these meetings, I gained knowledge and awareness of events happening in EUSA outside my School, and it has also encouraged me to conduct my own independent research around the topics discussed this evening. I found that by conducting prior investigations into the topics which would be discussed, it would enable me to form a more experienced opinion on the topic and vote as such. Also, I have learned a great deal about the processes involved in voting for such motions, which would help me if I should present a motion to the Student Council in the future.

 
 

Welcome to the School of Economics 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 Economics, the Undergraduate School Representative is Tanya Mittal 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 Representatives, 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 Economics 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 an active School Council and fulfilled a number of great projects including an extension of the teaching assistant system and an increase in study rooms. By the end of the academic year they were focusing on podcasting of lectures, let them know if you would like the current School Reps to carry on this project!
 

Another important thing to look out for in your School is Peer Learning. The Peer Learning programmes are student-led initiatives that offer academic guidance for newer students by more experienced students. EconPALS is the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme for Economics, supported by the School of Economics and the Economics Society. This schemes involves second, third and fourth year students taking on the position of Student Leaders, whose key role is to run study sessions for new students joining Economics. By sharing their experience in the course, older economics students can help the Economics 1 students by offering exam tips, essay planning techniques and specific examination of the syllabus, including maths for economics, tackling MCQs and real world applications. These sessions offer a great chance to improve your academic performance, get support and create lasting friendships. For more information, you can email pals@uoees.com or christina.napier@ed.ac.uk You can find out more on their webpage at https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/peer_learning_and_support/get_peer_support/find_a_project/organisation/econPALs/

 

In addition to Peer Support opportunities, you can make use of School-specific societies. Whether you are looking for support in your studies, meeting like-minded students, networking or keeping up-to-date with your field of study’s latest news, they are the place to be! In the School of Economics you can find the Economics Society. This society mixes business with pleasure, offering social, academic and career-orientated events.  These can help you meet new people, network, and get a better idea of what you can make of your degree. You can also join Edinburgh University Society for Economic Pluralism (EUSEP). This society provides a platform that allows all students to cast a critical eye on mainstream economics

 

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