Our Projects

Over the course of the year we get a whole host of different projects and policy changes come through our doors. Some are picked up by the Education Officer and Postgraduate Students' Officer, some are headed by the University itself and others are informed from the views of students through the course rep system.

Here's a taster of the things we've been working on this year, if you want to discuss any of this please contactone of your Education Officers.

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Additional Course Costs
In 2012 the Education Network conducted a survey with the Course Rep Network to identify what materials students were paying for which ordinarily you'd expect to be part of tuition fees. This ranged from books and stationary through to flights and CRB checks.

After analysing the results, the Education Officer and Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer selected one school/department for the year to lobby for either better advertisement or absorbtion of costs.

As an ongoing campaign the two officers pick a new school/department to work with each academic year. To find out more about the process of this campaign please get in touch by emailing one of the officers, or sucoursereps@nottingham.ac.uk

Improving Moodle
The Education Network is committed to ensuring that students have access  to the best resources when and where they need them most. Following a research project last academic year into Staff's usage of Moodle it became clear that there are very few modules where resources, lecture slides/notes and podcasts are available for students.

The University is also increasingly committed to ensuring resources are available and as a result have produced a set of minimum standards which all lecturers will be required to follow.

As a result, the Education Network will be working closely with the University to ensure these minimum standards are implimented across the University as well as highlighting areas of particularly good Moodle usage.

To find out more about the progress of this project then please get in touch by emailing sucoursereps@nottingham.ac.uk
Postgraduates who Teach/Demonstrate
After a large piece of research conducted by the Education Network it is clear that there is a large disparity in the process of becoming a postgraduate teacher/demonstrator and the support that comes with the job. Many postgraduates find the process of application to be unclear and in some cases non-existent. Others have found that where they have a job description or contract, their terms are ambiguous and results in taking on more work than they initially anticipated.

The Postgraduate officer is therefore utilising the Postgraduate course rep network to lobby individual Schools/Departments to ensure they follow all the Unviersity regulations when hiring/supporting Postgrad teachers/demonstrators. If you would like more information on this project then please get in touch by emailing sucoursereps@nottingham.ac.uk

Postgraduate Pre-Arrival Information
The results of the 'Postgraduate Life Survey' conducted by the Education Network showed that roughly only 50% of Postgraduates receive pre-arrival information related to the course content, modules, accommodation and university life. As a result, the Postgraduate officer is looking to create minimum standards for the University to ensure that more postgraduates receive the most important information when and where they need it.

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