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 »

Student Voice Group induction: acronyms, anecdotes, and an amazing view!

October 1, 2015

This is the first in a two-part series of blog posts by newly appointed members of the Student Voice Group, sharing reflections on an induction event that recently took place in Londonpicture 1

Written by Sandy Pillay

Travelling from Switzerland, here I was in London on 1st September in front of the impressive Senate House for my induction as a student member of the University of London International Academy’s Systems and Technologies Sub-Committee. It felt already overwhelming to enter for the first time this historic place and also, as it so happened, to see many University College London students wearing their University robes and hats getting ready for their graduation ceremony, together with friends and families. All these happy faces filled with pride made me think about my own graduation ceremony, a couple of years back, with a different University.

This historic institution with all its constituent colleges and research institutes has seen many thousands of students before me and will see many thousands more after I finish my LLM studies. Entering Senate House was also the moment which reinforced my decision to become a student member – I have to do my fair share to help improve students’ learning experience on the International Programmes. Read the rest of this entry »

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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Behind the scenes at a University committee meeting

February 20, 2015

The University of London International Academy has quite a sophisticated committee structure – hardly surprising given there are over 50,000 students and a range of different Lead Colleges and programmes.

In recent years there has been student membership on the University of London International Academy Academic Committee (ULIAAC) and the various sub-committees which report to it, such as the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Sub-Committee (LTAS) and the Quality Assurance and Student Lifecycle Sub-Committee (QASL). These student members make up the Student Voice Group (SVG) which meets twice a year.

Over and above all of this committee structure there is the Board of the University of London International Academy (BULIA) to whom ULIAAC and the University of London International Academy Finance Committee and the Institutions Sub-Committee report. In the past there has been no student member of BULIA, but this summer it was agreed that from September 2014 a student member should be appointed. I am the first student to hold this post – quite an honour!

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Introducing: The Student Voice Group

January 16, 2015

Following our first ever blog post on December 3, it occurred to us that we had not yet introduced ourselves! For those of you who know about us and what we do, we’d love to give you an update on our work. For those of you who don’t know who we are, here’s a brief introduction.

Student members give the students' perspective a voice at the University Read the rest of this entry »

Hello from Malaysia!

February 17, 2014

Malaysian blogger CarmenHello,

My name is Carmen Yong Kah Mun and I am currently in the first year of BSc Economics and Management at the University of London International Programmes.

Anyhow, this is my first post and thus, I am new here. As a newcomer here, I come and say, HELLO~~!

Unlike many of the bloggers here who study independently, I study in a local institution in my home country which is Malaysia.

To be honest, I find the University of London course very challenging and because of that, I respect anyone who studies independently.

Anyhow, the exam is coming closer and that stresses me up.

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The Joy of Blogging

July 12, 2012

Last week some readers made comments that piqued my curiosity. They wrote that reading my blog inspired them to start blogging too. That’s wonderful! My first thought is brilliant! Grab a pen and start writing! Then I started thinking about what they might find rewarding about blogging, and how blogging has affected my study habits, process, and progress. You might expect that regular, weekly writing would benefit students in some predictable ways, like organization or efficiency. It does, but some of the most satisfying and relevant rewards are less predictable, and even surprising. I thought I would share…

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