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Fri 18 Nov 2016

The SSLC Engineering Postgraduate SSLC took place on the 20th of October, from which I took part representing the MSc Sustainable Energy Systems along with my colleague Tianyu Li.

 

This is my first experience as Class Rep and at a SSLC, but I'm trying not to stress myself much out of it. Our course has about 65 students from several different nationalities. We use a Facebook group and Whatsapp chat where we all try to help each other out and arrange social activities and a Dropbox to post books or solved problems. We also have already arranged a class BBQ and an international potluck to share our cooking from all over the world.

 

As for the meeting, I spoke in behalf of our course and highlighted some of the positive and negative points which we encountered in our course so far. I shared that my classmates found the class recording very useful so far and the "Start, stop, continue" feedback sheet helped to improve some details in one of our subjects. The main problem I identified so far was that some students were complaining about a specific subject (Mechanical Fundamentals) and that they weren't happy with the way that content for this subject was being presented. So I asked them to send me emails with comments, critics and suggestions about the subject and I sent them over to our Programme Director so that he could look into this issue. After that, he sent me an email saying he was working to improve the subject and so I shared at the meeting that we were already working into this problem.

 

Also, prior to the SSLC meeting I sent an email to all our classmates asking if they had any more comments or issues that I should report at the meeting, and the only response I had was an email from one person saying he was happy with the course so far. Therefore, I concluded that our course is generally happy with the course so far and we would communicate in case further problems arise.

 
Experience of Student-Staff Liaison Committees (SSLCs) - 5th Year Chemical Engineering Class Rep

Mon 05 Oct 2015

 Before the Chemical Engineering Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) meeting I gathered student’s opinions and views via sending out a class email and posting in the Facebook group. Feedback was directed towards the courses they had attended last year, furthermore asking for suggestions for any courses that could be improved. Any problems with current courses were also asked to be shared.

One course in particular was identified where many students had issues with the teaching style of a new lecturer. As a direct result of the teaching style, the exam had been curved drastically and overall student satisfaction was very low. Investigating further, I talked face to face with students taking the course this year to find the teaching style had improved greatly but there were a lack of tutorial material.

At the SSLC meeting, I presented both positive feedback - praise for the improved delivery - and negative feedback - lack of course material - to Senior Lecturers and the Chair of Chemical Engineering. The staff made it clear that they had been aware of the previous year’s course issues and had guided the lecturer at the beginning of the year. The lack of tutorial material was a concern and so one of the Senior Lecturers offered to talk to the lecturer and promised to bring tutorial material to the course.

Following the SSLC, the meeting action points were communicated to students via sending out a class email and posting in the Facebook group. Recently I talked to current students taking the course and were happy to say that tutorial material had been implemented quickly following the SSLC meeting. From my role as Chemical Engineering 5th Year Class Representative and attending the SSLC, student satisfaction of the course has improved and a better teaching environment has been achieved.

 
 

Welcome to the School of Engineering 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 Engineering, the Undergraduate School Representative is Hussam Ali 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.

 

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. The School of Engineering offers a Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme called EngPALS. EngPALS runs group meetings every two weeks which are based around specific themes relevant to the courses on offer in the Schools; for example, preparing for labs, overcoming fear of presentations and getting ready for your first University exams. These sessions are run by trained Student Leaders and are a great chance to improve academic performance, get support and create lasting friendships. For further information please contact Victoria.farrar@ed.ac.uk

 

Further information here: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/peer_learning_and_support/get_peer_support/find_a_project/organisation/engPALS/.

 

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 Engineering you can find the Civil Engineering Society, a society where Civil Engineering students can come together and enjoy social, academic and career-based events. It’s the perfect society for networking opportunities and meeting new people in your course. The School also contains the Mechanical Engineering Society – this society runs activities such as company talks, industrial visits and socials. Meanwhile, the Chemical Engineering Society provides an opportunity to meet other Chemical Engineers from across the UK and also runs events locally. Bringing together all Engineering students is the Engineering Society, which is the ideal place to meet like-minded students. The highlight of this society’s calendar is the annual Engineering Ball – don’t miss it! The Engineering for Change society focuses on removing barriers to development using engineering. Their programmes provide opportunities for young engineers in the UK to learn about technology's role in development.

 

If you believe something is missing from this page, please contact schools@eusa.ed.ac.uk

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