Staff–Student Consultative Committee (Undergraduate)
Chairman: Dr Douglas Halliday
The Board of Studies has a Staff–Student Consultative Committee (SSCC) to provide an effective means of communication between staff and students. The Committee meets once per term. It has student representatives from each year and if you have issues you wish to raise, you should contact your year representatives (see list below).
The Staff–Student Consultative Committee also seeks feedback from all undergraduate students on all aspects of their Physics courses by way of module questionnaires towards the end of the academic year. The Staff–Student Consultative Committee reports to the Board of Studies, the body directly responsible for running the Department, and plays an active role in promoting high-quality teaching in the Department. An important function of the Staff–Student Consultative Committee is to elect the student representatives to the Board of Studies. The latter act in an advisory capacity and also provide direct feedback to the student body. In addition, one student from the Faculty of Science will be elected to represent students at meetings of the Faculty's Education Committee (undergraduate).
If you have concerns about teaching which are not covered by these meetings and questionnaires, contact can be made directly with the Staff–Student Consultative Committee Chairman, with the Course Adviser or with the relevant Director of Studies.
Communication between the SSCC and the student body
Prior to each meeting, the student representatives (see list below) solicit feedback from the students in their year group, by email. This ensures that all students have opportunities to provide feedback on all elements of their courses. The student representatives collate the replies and report them at the meeting. The minutes of the SSCC meetings are made publicly available on the departmental web site. These minutes include details of action taken in response to student feedback. In addition, a student member of the SSCC is elected to act as spokesperson for all undergraduate students taking physics modules, with responsibility for producing a short summary of the outcomes of each SSCC meeting. This summary is circulated to the student body by email before the following meeting of the Committee, thereby 'closing the loop' and helping to ensure both that students know that feedback on the course is listened to and valued and that it is clear to them how their comments have been acted upon.
Annual summaries of action taken in response to student feedback
- Summary of action taken in response to student feedback received in 2011/12 (last modified: 15 January 2013)
- Summary of action taken in response to student feedback received in 2010/11 (last modified: 19 January 2012)