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vpeducation@exeterguild.com

 

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Current work, aims and objectives


COMPLETED PROMISES

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.
 
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. 
  • March 2018: Follow up conversations had with timetabling. It is currently not possible to condense timetabling any further, and therefore can only be limited from 8.30-5.30. Manifesto point is therefore unable to progress any further (so registered as completed).
 
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.
  • March 2018: GES survey concluded that 64% of students did not want a change in the January exam period. 
 
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. 
  • March 2018: Productive discussions have been held at Academic Executive and Education Executive. Section 2.8.1.b notes that all assessment deadlines should be reviewed by the Director of Education to ensure they meet the needs of the cohort. Where this is not happening, it should be taken up directly with myself ( VP Education) or your department.
 
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.
  • 8 Dec 2017: Conversations had at Taught Faculty Board regarding standardisation of referencing and regarding difficulties FCH and Combined honours students face.
  • March 2018: TQA Manual has been changed and now specifies that academics should name given referencing system when setting an assignment. This is an improvement on the handbook idea, as it will be visible to any student taking an assignment at the point of need.
 
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 
  • March 2018:: iExeter now has further funding for the future, following a successful bid. The expansion of the study space app is on the list of priorities thanks to it being within this manifesto, and therefore will see some traction within the 2018-19 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.
 
 

CURRENT WORK

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)
  • January 2018: There are now drop-in sessions in the library for students, and a longer-term solution of having a 'Study Den' for students to book in study skills appointments. Looking for that in the 2018-19 academic year.
 
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
  • January 2018: No progress
  • March 2018: Guidance on workload/assessments for a modules is specifically laid out in section 2 of the TQA manual. Follow-up conversations still to be had about how this is applied institutionally.
 
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
  • January 2018: No progress
  • March 2018: No Progress
 
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
  • January 2018: Quality study space plans in place for Term 3. Continuing to raise this as a concern to the university, in the appropriate forums.
 
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
  • March 2018: VP Education is monitoring the situation and making sure that all the money to do with TEF is as financially transparent as possible - difficult to measure 'outcomes' of this.
 
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
 
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.
 
 

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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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