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Student Voice & Representation: Become a Student Rep

The Department of Mathematics takes the Student Voice very seriously. We care about your experience at King's, and want to make sure that it is positive, productive and as stress-free as possible.

Each year student representatives are elected to sit on various committees and forums to be a vital link between their fellow students and the department.

As a student representative you have a great opportunity to get directly involved in improving the King’s experience not only for yourself but for other students in the Department. It’s your job to tell the department and the wider University what you like and don’t like so that we can continue to do the things you like and improve on the things you don’t. Without your feedback, we can’t change things for the better.

As a rep you will meet students from other programmes and year groups and gain a deeper understanding of how the Department works.

Being a rep is also a fantastic chance to get experience of serving on a committee which is a great addition to your CV, showing communication skills, a desire to improve the student experience for all, and commitment and engagement with the Department.

 

Staff-Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) Student Representatives

There are three separate Staff-Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs) in the Department of Mathematics – Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research. The SSLC is a forum to facilitate communication between staff and students reflecting on successes and challenges, and to identify and plan priorities for the future in respect of the organisation and delivery of academic programmes. 

As a Student Representative you can raise issues on behalf of your fellow students, and your department can consult with you and ask you for feedback on new proposals.

As an SSLC rep you will…

  • Proactively gather feedback from your fellow students
  • Attend your SSLC meetings
  • Report back your fellow students on the discussions that take place at the meetings and of any actions taken by the Department.

As a student representative you should always be representing the majority views of your fellow students, not those personal to you.

Whilst it is important to critique your department and the wider Faculty and College and to let them know when something isn’t working, it is important that you feedback the positive things too. We need to know what you’re enjoying about your programme so that we can continue to develop the things you feel are working.

Here’s what a former rep has to say…

"Being an SSLC rep provides a very real and exciting opportunity to relay the student voice to the department. In an ever-changing discipline like computer science, the SSLC gives a platform to discuss feedback about the course as raised by students. The Department listens to all points raised and they go towards making a genuine and valuable difference.


There is a range of benefits in joining the SSLC. For me, it was the opportunity to represent the student opinion and make a genuine contribution to the college. Being an active member also helps when it comes to CVs and interviews because of the attached responsibility. Additionally, the perk of a free lunch does sweeten the deal!"

Max Smith-Creasey, NMS SSLC rep, 2011-2014

 

How do I become an SSLC rep?

At the start of Semester 1 you will be invited to put yourself forward to be a rep. If you are interested in becoming an SSLC rep, please contact your Programme Administrator to put your name forward. 

Department Education Committee (DEC)

Each year, the department invites a student representative(s) to sit on the Department Education Committee (DEC) which oversees the teaching in the department and contributes to the development of departmental policies.

If you are interested in this role, please contact your Programme Administrator.

Faculty Committees

The Faculty Education Committee, Health and Safety Committee, Faculty Research Committee and Faculty Postgraduate Research Students Committee all have student representatives on them. The student representatives provide student input and perspective on policy development, and can raise issues via these committees that have not been resolved within departments.

Please see the relevant committee information on the Faculty's internal pages for further details.

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17 December 2018
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