As a student at College of Birmingham (COB), you are automatically registered as a member of the College Student Committee. The Student Committee is a platform from which students can voice their opinions and concerns relating to any educational or social issues at the College, intending to enhance the student experience as a whole. College is committed to creating a rewarding, challenging and valuable working environment for all its students and therefore actively seeks the feedback of students through the Student Committee.
Governed by the Student Welfare Committee, the day to day leadership of the Committee is conducted by Student Representatives. Student Representatives are elected and also make part of the Staff-Student Liaison Committee. Student Representatives will attend departmental Committee meetings and raise any issues they have concerning their learning experiences, their activities at the College and any opportunities they would like to see made possible. Being a member of the Student Committee involves all students.
The Student-Staff Liaison Committee or SSLC provides a link between the student body and the College staff. The existence of the SSLC permits a discussion on issues that don’t fit within the stricter remit of the Academic Board. We value this formal method of communication between students and staff at all times and appreciate the feedback of the students. The SSLC will meet once a semester and will be a student-led discussion. Providing an opportunity for students to discuss teaching, learning and student support openly, the SSLC is a vital channel of communication. The College will consult with the SSLC on any proposals to make changes to courses.
The College recognizes it as the responsibility of the Student Representatives to gather feedback from the class groups they are representing, to engage in constructive and worthwhile discussions. In turn, they then expect the outcome of these discussions to be reported back to their fellow students. The ultimate objective of the SSLC is to work with their departments to find solutions to any problems that they encounter.
Student Representatives are elected democratically by each class group. In a ballot, organized by the Head of Academics, or academic support staff, each group will nominate their representative. The decision of the class is normally indicated by a show of hands.
This ballot is conducted in the first few weeks of the course, or the case of a 12-week course, it is conducted in the first week. If there are no candidates for the position of Student Representative, the Programme Manager will inform the Student Representation Organiser.
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