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Experience of a Student-Staff Liaison Committee - 3rd year Class Rep

Mon 14 Nov 2016

This Wednesday, I took part in my first ever SSLC meeting. I had no idea what to expect and so I was stressed out before the meeting.I tried convicing myself that I'll be fine having notes prepared and survey results to support all points I would be raisin, but to no avail. The meeting, however, went very smoothly. I was quiet at first, listening to the remarks made by representatives of the School of Mathematics and fellow class reps. With time, however, I started speaking up and towards the end, I was leading the conversation about issues bothering Year 3 students. An issue that I raised was related to the coursework in Financial Mathematics. Many classmates complained about having 6 days to complete an assignment worth 15% of the entire course! The Year 3 co-coordinator acknowledged the problem and immediately headed to the course organizer. Within minutes, all students received an e-mail indicating that the deadline had been extended. Success!!! It was a great feeling coming to lectures the next day and seeing classmates satisfied with our work...

 
An End of Semester Update from your School Reps, Bobi Archer and Leanne Renshaw

Wed 16 Dec 2015

Well it's that time of year again - the work is stacking up, exams are on the doorstep and Santa Claus is around the corner. Therefore we felt it was an appropriate time to update you of all of the exciting changes that have occurred before everyone departs for the festive period.

 

Firstly, a big thank you to all of you who attended the first student council meeting of the year - we hope you enjoyed all of the yummy pizza and sweeties, I know we did! If you missed out on the action then there will be the opportunity to join us in semester 2.

 

You may also have realised the new cutlery in the Maths hub and we'll be providing more mugs in the near future. If there is anything else you feel would benefit the students who use this area then please don't hesitate to get in touch. Email, in-person or which ever is of most convenience.

 

Last but not least, we realise that mathematics students receive several emails and to keep things short in the future we will be providing the Maths hub with it's very own Student Council notice board. So keep your eyes peeled for any updates!

 

All the best for exams and the festive period,

 

Bobi & Leanne

 
Experience of an SSLC - 1st year Class Rep

Mon 14 Dec 2015

Being a class rep for Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mathematics first year students has placed me in a good position to improve the student experience of most especially those I represent as well as myself in different areas. Before I even became a class rep, I was fond of hearing students raise issues mostly with respect Engineering Mathematics which is compulsory for all engineering students. As a class rep, I knew it was my duty to see that real problems that impede the learning process should be fixed.

 

I sourced for student's opinion with respect to Engineering Mathematics and most came up with issues which were mostly:

• The worked examples – level of explanation is not good enough. They are gone through tooquickly.

• The students struggle to grasp the stages as quickly as lecturers.

• The subject material can sometimes need more explanation. Tutors need to cover the syllabus.

• Less focus on slides – more tricky examples. This weeks slides were less clear and had bad explanations.

• Why there are no tutorial solutions provided. • What calculators can be used in the exams?

• It was pointed out that the computers sometimes crash during mymathlab tests.

• There can also be problems with the quiz and the answers can be marked wrong even when correctly entered.

 

I informed the course instructor about the developments and he told me to raise them up at the SSLC meeting of which I did. On the 21st of October 2015, I attended the Student Staff Liaison Committee for Mathematics. The teachers provided answers for some "problems" which may be difficult or better not to "resolve". For example: The Math teachers replied that the School of Maths have a policy of not providing the tutorial answers. They said, there are several ways to solve problems and they don’t want students to memorise the answers.

 

They also spoke about copyright issues with Pearsons. The Engineering Math organizer added that there is the same policy with exams and only some solutions will be provided.

 

Most of the opinions we got from students was through social media (the Facebook group we created) and email. We(class reps) messaged students with the required feedback and a good chuck loved it.

 
 

Welcome to the School of Mathematics 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 Maths, the Undergraduate School Representative is May Underhill-Proulx and the Postgraduate School Representative is Clarisa Loga. 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, 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 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 talk 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 Representatives not only held regular and active School Council, they also managed to foster a community around the School and made their Council the largest one in the whole university. Let’s keep up the good work, don’t forget to attend!
 

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. MathPALS (Maths Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme) runs weekly group sessions for first year and second year direct entry Maths students. These sessions are based around specific themes relevant to the courses on offer in the School; for example, calculus, proofs and problem solving, and spans and linear independence. Whether you are a Fresher or a more experienced student, if you are looking to improve your grades or clarify a topic, this is the place for you to meet students who will be happy to share their knowledge and experience of studying maths with you.

 

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/mathPALS/.

 

In addition to Peer Support opportunities you can make use of Academic Societies implemented in your School. 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 Mathematics you can find MathSoc, a social hub for people interested in mathematics. The society holds regular socials as well as more academically focused events including guest talks with renowned researchers. MathSoc were named EUSA Best Academic Society for 2014/15, so don’t miss being a part of it!

 

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

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