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RepSuccess

Here are a few of the amazing things Reps have achieved!

 

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Masters (Level 7) MSc Nutrition and Behaviour

The Rep received feedback regarding coursework dates and organisation of the course. The Rep took this feedback to 1-2-1’s with staff members and Programme Team Meetings where they negotiated the dates of coursework to better suit students’ needs.

 

1st Year (Level 4) BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology

The Rep received feedback that students on their course would like the appropriate Literature available at Talbot, in addition to Lansdowne, as a lot of students will be moving to this area next year. Thus saving students time and money instead of having to travel to Lansdowne. The Rep took this feedback to a Programme Team Meeting and believes that the literature will be made available shortly. The Rep believes that this is a success as it will have a positive impact that will improve their student experience.

 

Masters (Level 7) MA Social Work

The Rep reported feedback through SimOn that the Bournemouth House Library was too hot. The library will now be purchasing additional fans which students can borrow from the counter in the library, to ensure that the building is a suitable temperature. In the Bournemouth Gateway building that the library will be moving into in 2020 students views are being taken into consideration to ensure that the building is both heated suitably, while being environmentally conscious.

 

Masters (Level 7) MA Social Work

The Rep gave feedback via SimOn that they found that they were always allocated to one room and that the students wanted to learn in a variety of spaces. The group are now allocated a variety of rooms and the Faculty timetabler has been passed over this information to ensure that it does not happen again.

 

Masters (Level 7) MA Social Work

The Rep used SimOn to give feedback that students would find it beneficial to receive their placement dates at the start of the academic year so they can plan accordingly. The Principal Academic on their course has agreed to link with the student to find a system that works.

 

2nd Year (Level 5) BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

The Reps cohorts liked the idea of having a hoody/ jumper like some other students. The Rep emailed a Faculty staff member who is now helping with the organisation of getting them to us. Students will be getting a reasonably priced, navy blue hoody with 'nursing science' on the back. Students are excited about this.

 

2nd Year (Level 5) BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

The Reps students felt that Pastoral support was difficult to find, and some students were worried about confidentiality. I had a look on the BU website and saw a link for 'the big white wall' which is an online mental health scheme. A handful of students found this helpful, and students can access help if they ever need it.

 

2nd Year (Level 5) BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

The Reps students felt that Pastoral support was difficult to find, and some students were worried about confidentiality. I had a look on the BU website and saw a link for 'the big white wall' which is an online mental health scheme. A handful of students found this helpful, and students can access help if they ever need it.

 

1st Year (Level 4) BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

The Reps group were uncertain about the depth of information required for the study of the muscles of the body. The Rep took this feedback to Programme Team Meeting. The lecturer took this feedback on board and recorded a Panopto video clarifying the task, without being prescriptive. This was reported to be very helpful by several students.

 

1st Year (Level 4) BSc (Hons) Marketing

The Rep received feedback that there was a lack of exam and assignment support over the first semester of the course. The Rep took this feedback to a Programme Team Meeting and it has suggested that the PAL sessions now become more assignment and exam based so that the students could get more support.

 

Masters (Level 7) MSc Management with Project Management

The Rep received feedback that many of the plug sockets in certain rooms of the EBC were not working. The Rep used SimOn to report this feedback and now the Estates team will be working through the sockets on the 2nd, 3rd and 7th Floors to inspect and replace any damaged sockets.

 

2nd Year (Level 5) BA (Hons) Economics

The Rep used SimOn to give feedback that there were not enough copies of Corporate Finance (Ross, Stephen A) and Macroeconomics, a European Perspective (Blanchard, Oliver, Oliver J,). The student thought this could be resolved by having more copies with a blue label so that they would remain in the library for students to use. The library has since ordered more print copies of both books, as well as some blue label only in line with the Reps recommendation. Additionally they have also purchased more accessibility to the Macroeconomics e-book.

 

2nd Year (Level 5) BA (Hons) Global Business Management

Due to lack of communication and other issues on one of their units the Rep met with the Head of Education for their Department which led to a tutor change for their course.

 

2nd Year (Level 5) BA (Hons) Economics

The Rep used SimOn stating that there was not enough accessibility to Macroeconomics by Perloff. The library has since ordered more copies of print edition while also signposting the ebook version which is available free online through the library.

 

1st Year (Level 4) BA (Hons) Law

The Rep received feedback that they were not receiving frequent, or consistent feedback from their lecturers, particularly regarding informal, discretionary feedback. The Rep shared this feedback at a Department Meeting, and the Rep feels that this will now be resolved.

 

Masters (Level 7) MA Literary Media

The Rep received feedback that the assignment briefs required further clarification and that their unit deadlines were too close together. The Rep took this feedback to their Faculty staff who were then made aware of the students' struggles and carried out an assignment briefing to offer further clarification.

 

Masters (Level 7) MA Radio Production

Unit materials were not available to view on Brightspace. The Rep raised this at a Programme/Department Team Meeting, after which the materials were published on Brightspace.

 

Masters (Level 7) MA Media and Communication

The Rep received feedback that students did not feel that they were being given clear and timely feedback on one of their units. The Rep went to a Programme/Department Team Meeting where this was discussed and this will now be looked into.

 

1st Year (Level 4) BA (Hons) Marketing Communications with Public Relations

The student used SimOn to give feedback that there is not suitable access to plugs in the Marconi Lecture theatre. This feedback is something that the estates team is aware of and is being taken into consideration and all new and refurbished Lecture Theatre (Fusion and Lees) now include USB and power sockets. The Marconi Lecture theatre will be targeted as part of the ongoing program to ensure that all lecture theatres are in line with the new specification.

 

Masters (Level 7) MA Political Psychology

The Rep received feedback that the second assignment for their unit should be the first assignment as it could be used as a preparation for the portfolio instead of being completely independent. Furthermore, the Rep received feedback that their portfolios should have a higher word count. The Rep took this feedback to a meeting with the unit and program leaders and they have said they will think about how they can improve this for the next intake of students.

 

Final Year (Level 6) BA (Hons) Media Production

With the introduction of a new element to a unit, it meant that a lot of students had carried out the vast majority of pre-production work before Christmas. Because of this, it meant plenty of students were ready to start their graduate projects in the new year, and so needed their allocated supervisors sooner than previous years' allocation date. The Rep went to a Programme/Department Team Meeting, where after hearing the Reps concerns, staff were able to devise the allocated supervisor lists almost a month earlier than previous years, meaning that students that were ready to begin their graduate projects straight after the Christmas break were absolutely able to, with the right support in place at the right time.

 

Masters (Level 7) MA Media and Communication

The students on the Reps course wanted a clearer understanding of the placement process, as they were worried whether they would get a placement. The Rep attended a Programme/Department Team Meeting. Following this, a placement session was organised where the students from both the cohorts asked questions and got answers for their queries.

 

2nd Year (Level 5) BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

The Rep received feedback about their Lectures and course content. They took this feedback to a Programme Team Meeting and the Rep felt happy that their feedback was acted upon, and where it wasn’t it was thoroughly explained as to why it could not be.

1st Year (Level 4) BSc (Hons) Computing

Students from the Reps seminar group wanted to be able to pick their own groups for their unit, as they believed that by being in pre-selected groups, that were chosen by their lecturer, lead to poor results in course feedback as students felt they couldn't work as effectively with people they didn't know. The Rep contacted a staff member and they were satisfied with their response.

Post Graduate Research (Level 8) Doctor of Philosophy

The Rep collected feedback from PGRs regarding the management and conditions at the Dorset House labs. The Rep managed to get a very successful meeting between lab, H&S managers and LES Reps, where different points were discussed and solutions were supplied. One of the issues the Rep raised was in relation to poor air circulation at the labs, because of this work will be done to improve the air circulation.

 

Post Graduate Research (Level 8) Doctor of Philosophy

The Rep collected feedback regarding the worries that PGR’s had about hot-desking when moving offices. The Rep had a successful meeting between the Head of Department at LES and the person responsible for the building plan in Christchurch House. PGR’s will now have space and the Reps from LES and AAFS are responsible for creating a desk plan. This has helped to decrease the level of worry between PGRs as some of them have very specialised software/material at their desktop and hot-desking would not be appropriate.

 

1st Year (Level 4) BSc (Hons) Psychology

The Reps 9am seminar was not as productive as some of their other seminars. They suggested it could be due to the room size as it’s rather large and people end up quite spread out and our comparable room is much smaller leading to more conversation and noise. We are also quite a quiet group, so sometimes getting a discussion going needs a little push. The Rep approached their unit leader before another workshop, and he has since taken our last two 9am seminars himself and students in the group have said they feel it’s been really good, useful and helpful.

 

1st Year (Level 4) BSc (Hons) Psychology

A Brightspace unit was slightly disorganised, and lecture/ seminar/ material's uploads weren't in date order, which made it hard to navigate effectively. The Rep emailed their course leader with an explanation; he said he would pass it on to the unit leader, who has since organised all the files!

 

2nd Year (Level 5) BSc (Hons) Psychology

The Rep collected feedback regarding lecture structure, seminar structure, assignment, and exam information. This made students feel that their feedback is important, and showed they can make a difference to their university experience.

 

 

 

What is RepSuccess?

The role of a Student Rep is broken down into 3 parts; Collect it, Represent it, Share it. This is one of the ways you share it! 

It’s important you share with us any ‘achievements’ you’ve had as a Rep so we can highlight the impact student feedback has across the university; we call this ‘Rep Success’. It doesn't matter how big or small you think this achievement is - we want to know it all. 

Complete this short form to tell us what you’ve achieved as a Rep from the feedback you’ve collected. We can then track the impact of student feedback, and celebrate the fantastic work that Student Reps do!