We make things happen for you!
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 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 get in touch with your officers.
Education Officer Cassie has set her priorities for the year. She will be working on the following:
Increase engagement and visibility of the Education Network with an increased voter turn-out in all relevant elections and receive 200 nominations in the Education Network Awards 2018.
Increasing transparency by working in partnership with the university to create an infographic identifying how student tuition fees are spent
Lobby for a reduction in the price of graduation guest tickets for students attending summer graduation 2018.
Support the lecture capture opt-in pilot by working with IS to identity technological requirements and supporting the education network reps to lobby locally for an increase in recorded lectures by the end of semester 2.
For more information about any of these projects, contact Cassie!
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 implemented across the University as well as highlighting areas of particularly good Moodle usage.
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 University regulations when hiring/supporting Postgrad teachers/demonstrators. If you would like more information on this project then please get in touch by emailing us.
We are currently supporting the University and College Union (UCU) to gather up-to-date feedback in this area. The results will be known in early 2017.