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vpeducation@exeterguild.com

 

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Requesting new books

Online applications rather than going through Library Champions.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • 12 Sept 2017: Books can now be requested though the I Want One of These system.
 
 

CURRENT WORK

Fairer timetable for all

Ensure that no student has longer than an 8 hour day (e.g. lectures starting at 8.30am guaranteed to end by 4.30pm) and a 1 hour break for those with 7 hours of timetabled classes.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • Conversation had with Jim Major (head of timetabling). Been raised as an issue. Students' will now not have a 17:30 if they had a 08:30. 
 
2 weeks for January exams

Continuing to push for an expansion of the January exam period.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • GES launched to survey oppinions and lobby uni
 
Deadline clustering

Review how deadlines are set to ensure that students are not bombarded all at once.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • GES launched - questions about deadlines, conversations had with Tiane Cordy. There is a policy in place for deadline setting. 
 
Standardised referencing within colleges

Condensing subject handbooks to make methods of referencing more transparent, particularly to help FCH students.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • 12 Sept 2017: Some progress made, there is now a LibGuide on referencing for each subject.
 
Mitigation

Lobby the university to make the mitigation system centralised, more efficient and fairer.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • Mitigation system gone through RIE
 
Study skills sessions

Sessions timetabled into the teaching day for first year UG and PGT students. Academic tutors to give small groups of students advice (e.g. on essay writing/referencing) to ensure a smooth transition into university life.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • 12 Sept 2017: There are now drop-in sessions in the library for students, and possibly a new ‘Writing Café’ (we will be starting discussion with the University about this in October Ed Exec)
 
Study abroad

Set up a review of study abroad options to ensure foreign universities provide adequate support and reflect Exeter's standard of academic excellence.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • Conversations had with study a team about this. Raised as an issue in Taught Faculty Board. 
 
Module weighting

Reviewing assessment of modules to ensure the workload reflects accreditation to guarantee parity of student experience.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
 
Free coffee

For students with four timetabled classes starting at 08.30.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • In progress for term 2
 
Charging stations

On campus for laptops and phones.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
 
Library fobs

To withdraw books more easily, especially if you forget or lose your uni card!

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • 12 Sept 2017: Made some progress, but still in the researching stage.
  • Research concluded probably not possible.
 
Quality study space

Continue to lobby the University for more study space and more effective utilisation of the space already available. Quality study spaces need good lighting, close plug sockets, a nearby printer and access to water fountains.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
 
Expansion of study space app

Need to differentiate types of study space available.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • 12 Sept 2017: In conversation with iExeter.
  • Help in pitching for iExeter funding 
 
Re-thinking Reading Week

Push for an October reading week for all subjects with a year-group specific focus.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • GES looking at restructuring academic year
 
Online access to your SSLC

iExeter app to provide online anonymous forums to ensure ease of access for students and a coherent collection of feedback for reps.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • 12 Sept 2017: In conversation with iExeter.
  • More funding for iExeter - high possibility this will come into place in 2018-19
 
Meet & Greet your Personal Tutor

Push for every department to have an event at the beginning of the year guaranteeing that every student knows their personal tutor.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • 12 Sept 2017: It is now compulsory for personal tutors to meet with their tutees, with an aim of 6 hours a week.
 
Teaching excellence framework

With fees set to increase for International and EU/Home students next year, the University must be held accountable for the reinvestment of money back into student experience.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
 
 

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VP Education Role Description

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  • The Vice President Education represents the student body in their education needs and progression, supporting academic representatives and acting for improvement with regard to learning and teaching.

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Lead on the Academic Experience

Lead on, and champion, the Academic Experience at Exeter ensuring the University strives for constant improvement whilst also ensuring that any decisions on the education and academic experience at the University is to the benefit of all students. Critically holds the University to account on all matters of education.

  • Proactively champions the learner voice throughout the University's academic structures and acting as the main point of contact for the University on matters relating to student education;
  • Oversees the work of the College Officers, Subject Chairs and Subject Reps; reporting out on impact and successes achieved by students for their peers;
  • Oversees the entire academic experience; ensuring that the learning spaces and necessary resources are available for all areas of the student body;
  • Oversees the ongoing devlopment of the Guild’s Visions for the Future of Education;
  • Chairs the SSLC Mangement Group and Academic Executive;
  • Direct Sabbatical Officer support for the College Officers.
 
 

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Oversee Guild governance, finance and strategy

Trustee Board are responsible for the management and administration of the Guild and (subject to the Students’ Guild Memorandum & Articles and Bylaws) may exercise all the powers of the Guild as outlined in the Memorandum & Articles.

  • Ensure that the Guild complies with its governing documents, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations,
  • Ensure that the Guild pursues its charitable objects as defined in the Memorandum & Articles,
  • Ensure the Guild uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are,
  • Actively contribute to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the Guild, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets,
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the Guild,
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Guild,
  • Ensure the financial stability of the Guild,
  • Protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds,
  • Appoint the chief executive and monitor their performance.
 
 

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