Conal's Fortnightly Campaigns, Representation and Welfare Update

Friday 01-12-2017 - 11:55
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It’s been a really busy couple of weeks - here’s what I’ve been doing for you in the fields of campaigns, representation and welfare!

We’re just coming to the end of LUSH Week now, where we’ve educated our students on consent and how to stay safe from STIs. We gave out over 70 STI testing kits at our Bus2Club Viper Rooms night, and we’ve been talking about consent on social media. If you’re not sure about how consent works or you just want to make sure that you’re clear on it, I urge you to click here to take an interactive test – consent is a vital issue that doesn’t get talked about enough.

Currently different courses receive different levels of feedback on their assessments – some are handwritten, some typed and some are far more detailed than others. At SMSU we don't think this is fair - you’re all paying the same amount for your courses, so why aren’t you getting the same level of detail in your feedback from lecturers.

To change this, last week I put together a paper and submitted it to the Academic Board (one of the highest boards in the University). This is the first time the Union has ever done this. They've committed to changing this and making a standardised feedback method for all written assessments. This will give all students the same level of feedback so that you all have the chance to learn and improve at the same rate!

I’ll keep you updated on the process of this in future, but this is a really important first step in improving the system.

If you have any academic or welfare issues, please give me an email on supresident@stmarys.ac.uk, call on 0208 240 4315 or come to the Students’ Union Building. I’m here to talk to you about anything, and it’s all confidential. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

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