CoS Report | Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
At the beginning of Semester 1 my main goals were:
- To gain as many Academic Reps as possible to maximise feedback and student body engagement.
- To implement ways to make reading lists more affordable for humanities students.
- To ensure maximum feedback is delivered to the appropriate heads of schools to enable positive change.
I have worked towards these goals in the following ways.
To gain as many reps as possible to maximise feedback and student body engagement.
- I ensured that Academic Rep elections were held later in the semester than usual. I believe that hosting these elections later Week 1 allowed students to develop the confidence and support networks necessary to stand for the position of Academic Rep with confidence, garnering 57 humanities reps in total. I also ensured that I gave individuals who were not confident with public speaking a chance to speak to me after the session – this provided us with three reps which wouldn’t have engaged with us unless approached in this manner, enabling them to grow as students.
- In semester two it is imperative that I am able to meet with reps from each course to discuss their feedback and ensure each element of the humanities is equally prioritised. I will be meeting with various heads of school to discuss feedback and supporting my senior reps in holding focus groups for modules receiving more constructive feedback than others.
To implement ways to make reading lists more affordable for humanities students.
- As Aspire cards now offer students chances to shop for texts at a discounted rate, this goal will be focused on primarily in semester two. In the next semester I aim to collect humanities reading list texts with the assistance of my Academic Reps. I hope to sell these to students for a small donation to a charity of the SU’s choice.
To ensure maximum feedback is delivered to the appropriate heads of schools to enable positive change.
- By electing a high number of reps and hosting 1-2-1’s alongside the Academic Rep Support staff I have gained feedback from humanities students which is going towards current developments. For instance, feedback regarding post-graduate and joint-honours experience is going towards work by Dr Adam Stock and Steph Foxton to provide more social activities for students who on divided courses. Feedback from students in the humanities engaged with politics is going towards accounts which will support changes in the abilities of students to start political societies or speak politically without risk to their job. Feedback in terms of exams will be looked at more closely in semester 2 following the exam period for history students, and theology feedback will be a focus of my attention next semester as theology Academic Reps have been harder to reach than others so far. There are a good number of academic reps in attendance of their subject meetings and so I am satisfied that students are being represented and feedback is being given even if I am unable to attend, Academic reps are showing a real enthusiasm for improving the course that has been lacking in the past and it is brilliant to see such an improvement.