The student officers are eight students, elected by the whole student population, who work full time at the Students' Union for a year.
Hi I'm Dale, a third-year student and your Psychology Councillor for the academic year 2012-13.
MY 5 PRIORITIES:
Our department always rates badly on academic feedback. Often it’s not provided quickly enough or it’s too inadequate. I want to ensure that all feedback is thorough and given promptly. Work with the department to improve feedback and maintain Feedback Roadmaps which detail when each piece of assessed work will be marked and handed back.
*The department’s future*
I will seek student views about the ongoing Strategic Review of the department and possible plans for expansion in the future. Alongside this I will seek student views about how to hold the department (and the University) to account in light of recent fee changes and determine what people think would give them value for money in their degree.
Many students comment that PT meetings lack structure and that very little is gained from them. I want students to feel that PT meetings are a worthwhile investment of time and I hope to strengthen links between students and PTs so that students feel comfortable asking advice, as well as having built up the necessary rapport for PTs to be able to write a suitable academic reference (if necessary).
I will work with the Academic and Careers Rep on the PsychoS (Steph) – whom I already know from being on the committee myself - and the Careers Liaison (Danielle Matthews) in the department to help promote careers information and graduate courses/vacancies. I have already asked the Head of Dept for ideas about how to promote careers/graduate courses/BPS.
I would also relinquish my role as BPS Rep and allow another Student Rep to take on this role, providing another voice to represent students in matters relating to postgraduate study/work.
I will keep up my predecessor’s (excellent!) e-bulletins so you actually know what I’m voting on and so you can keep informed with relevant dates for your diary.
Get in touch at any time with any other issues you wish to raise within the department, the students' union, or the university // firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: 4th December 2012
The Student Staff Committee (SSC) has invited me to form a working group of psychology students in order to create a 'virtual tour' video of the department to place on the department's website for prospective students. A preliminary meeting has been held with interested students and I look forward to leading such a valuable, lasting creative project to be seen by members of the public. The project should be completed by March, for the benefit of the student intake from 2014 onwards.
In light of the need for ever-more inventive methods of communication with the students we represent, and owing to the popularity of my predecessor’s (the excellent Roscoe!) methods, I am pleased to be continuing the monthly e-newsletter, a summary of decisions, votes, and ‘dates for your diary’ from Council relevant to psychology students.