Having A Say Has Never Been Easier!

Representing your academic interests is one of the key things we do as a Students’ Union, and this year it is more important than ever to ensure that we get your voices and feedback heard! So we've put together a new system to allow you to feedback on your educational experience.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been getting your academic reps ready to take on this new academic year. Representing your academic interests is one of the key things we do as a Students’ Union, and this year it is more important than ever to ensure that we get your voices and feedback heard!

That is why we’re using MS Teams to make it even easier for you to communicate feedback to your reps.

Academic reps do so much amazing work. From moving deadlines to working with departments to decolonise the curriculum; they fight for you to allow you to get the most out of your degree.

However, this has not always been easy. Some of the most consistent feedback we’ve received, from both reps and students, is that it has been really difficult to communicate with one another. Some departments have created a dedicated email, others have utilised social media groups and some have used every opportunity to make themselves known.

We know that we could do better to help you with this.

How can I get my voice heard on my educational experience?

We have created a direct link to your course reps through MS Teams, which you can now use to feedback on anything you feel needs changing or improving! Whether you love or hate MS Teams, this is a great method of directly contacting your representative to get your voice heard!

Over the next week, you’ll be added into a dedicated MS Team with the rest of the students on your course, giving you a direct link to your course rep.

You can simply type your issue or enquiry into the chat area of the Team and you should receive a response promptly. You can also choose to arrange an MS Teams meeting with your rep or easily answer any polls or surveys they choose to release on the Team.

How will my feedback be used?

They’ll be able to use that feedback to make sure that your education is the best it can be. They can then update you through Teams, making sure that you’re aware of exactly how your feedback has been used and what changes are going to be made.

While these Teams are going to be a space for you to discuss your academic studies, we understand that this might be one of the few places that you and your course mates will be able to be together in one space, and so we’ll be sure to give you the freedom to say what you want to say.

However, although we are essentially leaving you to your own devices in there, there will be two members of staff from our Student Voice Team to act as moderators to make sure everybody feels safe and enabled to express themselves.

If you’re wondering how to utilise these Teams, be sure to click here to find out more.

If you want to know how to engage in an online space, or just want to be a bit clearer on how to communicate in an online academic space, check out some more info about netiquette on the student intranet here.