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Experience of Class Rep Event - PG Class Rep

Mon 14 Dec 2015

I attended the Class Rep Lunch with the Senior Vice Principle for Learning and Teaching on Wed 4 Nov, (13:00-14:00, Teviot Dining Room). I think it was a very interesting invent, as we worked in groups to discuss several questions about what we think should change in the university to achieve more excellence or what needs to change in teaching for example.


My perspective as a postgraduate was very different and I learned from other Reps that their situation was sometimes a lot worse (especially concerning feedback). I got a lot of very useful tips from other reps about how they managed to change problems in their classes or colleges and also learned about some interesting differences in the British University system from the vice principal. I could therefore get back to my classes and tell them that we cannot change the way of teaching, because this seems to be a cultural thing at British Universities and is intended to be like this. (Many complained that we never go beyond the reading in the seminars and that we therefore never really learn anything that we didn't taught ourselves.)

Experience of Implementing Change - PG Class Rep

Mon 14 Dec 2015

The problem many of my class mates had was that our reading lists were sometimes distributed only a few days before the course took place. When this happened in more than one course, naturally they had a problem with reading all what was required. I therefore met with two of the course organisers and explained the situation to them. As it turned out the reading lists were finished for the entire semester, they just kept forgetting to upload it on time and weren't aware that this was an issue with the students. We have now agreed on the policy that all reading lists that apply for seminars that take place before the reading week will be uploaded at the beginning of the semester and all reading lists for seminars after the reading week will be uploaded during or right after the reading week. Now, every student has the possibility to do the reading when he or she has free time for that and is not forced to do it under pressure right before the seminar. And the staff has solved one of their problems too: they complained before that many students didn't do all or part of their reading. I guess this will change now. After this was agreed the staff immediately uploaded all reading lists for the remainder of semester 1 on learn. I circulated the information in class, but most of the students had seen it already on learn anyway.
Experience of Community Development - PG Class Rep

Mon 14 Dec 2015

I have created a facebook group each for both courses I represent. It was relatively easy to find everyone on facebook as most of them were already in other law related groups or friends with me. To ensure that absolutely everyone can participate I asked the class beforehand however, if they would be fine with a facebook group and invited everyone to join as soon as no objections were made.


It helped enormously in gathering feedback and in discussing class related topics because now everyone participates in these discussions. A mailinglist would have been not that good, because it would spam people's mail folders and would only serve as information instrument. The facebook group doesn't "annoy" anyone and can also be used as information sharing instrument, while having the benefit of making discussion's possible. Of course I also gather feedback outside of facebook, because I don't want to risk missing something should someone not want to write it publicly in the group. For the vast majority however it is not an issue and it makes my life a bit easier because I now can also see how many people agree with someone's point or share criticism.


I have the feeling that it also helped developing a community feeling because now we all have more contact with each other. Before we only saw each other once a week and had hardly contact outside of the classroom. This changed radically now and people feel more connected, we even go out together now as a class. I am more accessible because people have now my private contact details and are apparently more willing to drop me a facebook message than they were willing before to write me an email.


Welcome to the School of Law 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 Law, the Undergraduate School Representative is Katherine Liu. Feel free to get in touch with Katherine 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, the Students' Association 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 of Law contains the Law Students’ Council. This is the elected representative body for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Elected students participate in School-level management committees in order to provide a student voice. The Students’ Council meets regularly during the Semester and gathers views from all students by consulting them on their views on School-related issues. The elected reps also work closely with Class Representatives to ensure that students are represented as successfully as possible.


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 Law offers LawPALS which is there to help you settle into Law School and university life. Each group is led by two trained Student Leaders who are in the third or fourth year of their LLB. Groups meet weekly for an hour and discuss topics such as Legal Research, Mooting, and Approaching Legal Essays. The LawPALS Leaders can also give general advice about making the most of your time at Edinburgh Law School. All first year LLB students are automatically enrolled in LawPALS.


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In addition to Peer Learning opportunities, you can make use of Academic Societies implemented in your School. The School of Law contains the Law School Music Society which contains a choir, jazz band, string group, acapella ensemble and solo performers. The School also contains the Edinburgh Student Law Review which provides an opportunity for law students at the University to engage with current legal issues and debates.


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Undergraduate School Representative