Not much was discussed on my second trip to this forum that had not already been said at the November forum – or at yesterday’s.
Again there were issues with timetabling and rerouting of lectures around the building works on some of the campus’s more dilapidated dwellings. As with the student staff forum there was a lengthy discussion about the placement of January examinations in the Lawns dining hall. Representatives demanded that the university provide free transport for the students affected.
The student officers still hope to organise some kind of informal mass gathering. Again questions were asked as to what might tempt our attendance and again the response was that they should offer free pizza.
I still don’t have a badge to wear!
My second time in the chair had a somewhat greater audience than the first. We now have course representatives for the third and fourth years, although the second year is still without a voice and the foundation delegate was absent.
The end of year report and National Student Survey data were again unavailable and we were advised to drop those items altogether. Running through the concerns which were raised at the previous meeting we learned that course handbooks and past examination papers had been made available online.
We struggled to think of an objective, finally agreeing to push for notes to be kept consistent within subject areas
With winter examinations looming, there were concerns raised about the non-appearance of the test dates, which made it hard for some students to establish a revision schedule. Students living around the main campus area were less than pleased to discover that some of them would have to sit their papers in the dining hall at the Lawns, which was requisitioned because the university’s on-campus sports hall being closed for reconstruction.
Architecture seems to be a recurring problem in these discussions, as complaints were also relayed about heating failure in the computer suites of the Foss and Fenner buildings. Some students also said the Brynmor Jones library was getting too loud as it reached full capacity.
There is little else to say, but it is encouraging to see that more students have gotten involved.