I have attended all Staff-Student Liaison Committees for my department.
During the first one, I personally raised six problems concerning various courses for Final Year students.
1. Old Norse Studies course. Me and my classmates would like to have more grammar exercise in class rather than translating all the time. The lecturer agreed to revise the schedule and add more grammar hours.
2. Translation course. 75% of the students taking the course (including me) are non-English native speakers, so we were a bit concerned about grading final exam for this course, as we cannot use Scandinavian dictionaries during it. The lecturer advised us on bringing a dictionary.
3. Deadlines in first semester. Final Year students had three essays due on the same day plus one due in a week after it. I asked the staff to reconsider the deadlines. I offered to move the deadline for the literature essay for the earlier date, as me and my classmates agreed that literature essays are easier to write.
4. Printing credit. Students at Scandinavian Studies department have to print a lot, so I asked if it is possible for us to get a 100 pages credit rather than 5 GBP. The staff agreed to negotiate with the Finance service on this.
5. Changing the curriculum and introducing courses on history and politics of Scandinavian countries. The staff said that there are no lecturers certified for teaching it. I replied that we could look into inviting PhD students with relevant degree. The staff said that they will think about this problem and see what they can do.
The problems discussed under the meeting were communicated to the students in a form of written report.
During the second SSLC, I raised three problems.
1. Close deadlines. The deadline for the literature essay was too close to the dissertation deadline (3 days between them). I suggested moving it for 4 days earlier, so that would be a week between the deadlines. The staff agreed to consider this issue.
2. History of the Scandinavian Novel course. I suggested to make the variety of texts we are studying during the course more diverse by adding a horror novel instead of one of the nationalistic or crime novels. The staff agreed to work on course syllabus for the next academic year.
3. Finally, I again raised the question about adding courses on history and politics and asked if there are any news on it. And apparently, the staff decided to redesign one of the courses and make it more focused on history and politics. This course now will be run for the whole year instead of one semester, and will be launched in academic year 2016/17.
The problems discussed under the meeting were communicated to the students in a form of written report, as previously.