Firstly I sincerely hope you all got the examination results you were looking for. I’m glad to be able to report some progress on the issue of student cards. From my experience speaking to students – both on-line and at study weekends at LSE this is a very important issue that needs clear dialog and discussion between the student community and the International Academy.
Many of you that study in EMFSS (and frequent our VLE) are aware that there has been discussions going on with the University about student identity. I have been working to address this issue on behalf of students this year. Back in March I sat down with Professor Jonathan Kydd in London and we spoke about the broader issue of helping to infuse the sense of student community and the benefits and cost of student identification. We agreed from that meeting to take this issue further this Autumn and I will be involved with drafting questions to be put to the student community on how they feel on the subject.
Furthermore at the last QASL meeting in July I raised the issue of student identity as an outstanding problem, and as a result an evaluation on the feasibility of student cards has been included as part as the larger “Business Transformation Project” that has been under-way during the summer. I will find out what the results of this evalution in the next meeting of QASL in October.
I would really like to hear your thoughts about student identity and community – especially from students that I do not have regular communication with, from outside EMFSS. I am interested to hear what student identity means to you, ideas you have in fostering it at a college and university level. I want to learn what a student card means to you, why you would like it, what use it has to you and what you think about the costs involved.
Furthermore as a result of my input to QASL, there will be a summery of the current situation with relationship with the University of London Union conducted for the next QASL. This I hope will bring every member of the committee up to speed and is an important step at strengthening student representation for external students.
As ever you can email me at with your thoughts. At time of writing this, the university email system does not seem to be working so you can contact me on my personal email address firstname.lastname@example.org.