Minerva reflects on the Student Voice Group and student feedback channels

October 6, 2015

This is the second in a two-part series of blog posts by newly appointed members of the Student Voice Group, sharing impressions of an induction event that recently took place in London

I am sure that many of you can relate to that anxious time a few months ago when our results were released? Well, that day finally arrived and I felt a great sense of accomplishment having passed all my courses in my first year of the LLB.Minerva

As if this was not enough, the next day I received the surprising news that I had been selected to join the Teaching and Learning Environment (TLE) panel of the Laws Programme Board as a student member. By extension, this appointment further entails being a member of the Student Voice Group (SVG).

What can I say; years ago I dreamed of embarking on studies with the University of London and eagerly awaited the right time to register on the LLB programme. I knew that studying with the University of London would be a rewarding experience not least due to the caliber and historical vitality of the University. But I certainly never imagined that my study experience would come to involve this unique opportunity to engage with the University via the Laws TLE panel and the SVG in London. Read the rest of this entry »

Exam results a.k.a. Judgement Day

August 14, 2015

carmen3My exam results were just released.

Oh boy, I have to admit that I was a nervous mess. The moment I woke up, I was very aware that it was my result day. It also didn’t help that I had a countdown on my phone stating that it was result day.

Even in the office, I had to keep reminding myself to keep breathing and to keep calm. I was both excited and nervous. I wanted to know but at the same time, I wasn’t sure I could handle it if the results weren’t good. Exam results is judgement day to me because it’s the day that we get to find out what our hard work for a year translates to in grades.

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Internship so far.

August 10, 2015

Intern spelled with Scrabble lettersOne month has passed. My internship so far has been a really interesting learning experience. I am interning in a small accounting firm and I am in the audit department. I know accounting, however, I realize that I know nothing about auditing. I find auditing much more tedious than I thought I would. Honestly, I must admit that I found it hard because personally, I am not a very detailed sort of person. It doesn’t help that my senior expects me know certain stuff in the beginning. It was definitely hard because I knew nothing about auditing.

Not only that, I also missed the fact that my time was no longer my own. Since I am now interning, my time for a number of hours, belongs to the firm. I could no longer nap if I felt tired or read if I wanted to. I had to do the work that was assigned to me. I have worked before, but for some reason, interning hits me hard on this.

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Feedback, discussion and community: the Student Voice Group

July 23, 2015

This post is written by Harini, the outgoing Chair of the Student Voice GroupHarini Sampath - Copy

I am reaching the end of my BSc Politics and International Relations (waiting for final results now) and have decided to call it a day on being a student member, which includes sitting on the Student Voice Group. I thought it’s about time I write a bit about my experience as a student member, which I have found really interesting. A little bit of background about me – I have a master’s degree in computer science and almost 10 years of experience in the IT industry.

I started as an undergraduate student member of the Systems and Technology Sub-committee (STSC) in 2012. I was appointed to the Academic Committee in the same capacity last year and have been the Chair of the Student Voice Group (SVG) for the last year. The STSC focuses on the technological side – making recommendations and advising on the ways in which ICT impacts on the management of student experience and life cycle including the learning environment and educational resources. Meanwhile the SVG comprises student members from across the International Academy’s committees and sub- committees and meets twice a year to discuss the University’s student engagement strategy.

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How about an internship?

July 7, 2015

Sign pointing to new skills and trainingWhen my exams ended, I told myself that this would be one of the best summers ever.

That is why, before the exams started, my classmates and I were considering what we should do during our summer. One of the ideas that came up is an internship.

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And now, it has ended.

June 9, 2015

Person crossing the finishing lineMy exams have ended.

There is a sense of relief that comes with that. A whole year’s worth of hard work and finally, it’s done. It’s over. I can finally rest now.

The exams ending feels like I have crossed the finishing line after running for so long. It feels good.

But at the same time, I can’t believe that it has come to an end. It feels like only yesterday that I started the school year. It only feels like yesterday when I started planning my studies and following that plan.

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It’s not too late

April 24, 2015

It’s that time of the year again.

Yes, exams.

I’m quite sure that everyone is rather stressed for the exams and I understand for I feel the same way too.

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