Hi guys, here are my UGM updates from the AGM held on the 10th of December 2019 :)
The promotion of interdisciplinary learning:
At the AGM on the 10th of December, the Students' Union were mandated to lobby the university to improve the marketing and student awareness of interdisciplinary learning.
The conversation at the meeting centred around the general lack of understanding as to what "Liberal Arts" and "Natural Sciences" degrees are, and students who were on these courses were growing tired of repeatedly having to explain what they studied in a way that someone studying "History" or "Chemistry" doesn't have to. Building on this discussion, students then mandated the Students' Union to:
- "Increase the promotion of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences degrees to Foundation Year students.
- Increase the promotion of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences degrees to prospective HE students
- and Encourage the university to encourage students to do blog posts and social media on what their course is about"?
To find out what we are already doing to promote interdisciplinary learning at Keele and what can be done to improve and build upon our marketing strategy, I’ll be meeting with the director KIITE in the coming weeks and will provide you all with further updates soon!
Allowing students to make modifications to their HEAR records:
At the AGM on the 10th of December, we were also mandated to lobby the university for the ability for students (under specific circumstances) to be able to modify their HEAR records upon request.
At the meeting it was argued that some students resitting a year may not wish to have the repeat year appear on their HEAR record for fear of this negatively affecting their future employment prospects. To the contrary, however, it was also argued that not all students would want their repeat year automatically removed from their HEAR record as they may still have held society committee positions or other things of merit in their year away from study.
The conclusion was therefore reached that the Students' Union should:
- "Lobby to have the HEAR Record resit policy to be down to personal choice - students can choose whether or not to have their resat year removed from their HEAR, with the default to be that it appears unless students request to change this"
I mentioned this mandate to Education Committee who raised the following concerns: “The motion to modify the HEAR record to remove instances of students repeating a year of study was queried, as it potentially served to deceive employers. A default position was preferable to there being an element of personal choice”. So for now discussions surrounding this mandate remain ongoing. I will be meeting with the Head of Student Records and Examinations in the coming weeks and will be able to provide further updates on this soon :)
- Mari x