As we mentioned to you briefly in induction, you need to appoint a student representative for the MRes course. There will also be a student rep for other research degrees in ESRI (PhD and DEd). The role of the student rep is to be a point of liaison between students and the research staff in ESRI and the wider university on course related issues affecting the cohort.
The student rep is expected to liaise with fellow students – part time and full time – and communicate any course related issues to staff. Reps will be supported by the course team in fostering a student culture of support, engagement and information sharing between students.
There will be informal channels for this (such as meeting with course staff to discuss issues or concerns), and formal channels. Namely, there will be around two formal meetings per term (The University Research Degrees Committee meeting and the Programme Committee meeting) to which course student reps are invited and space is provided for issues to be formally aired and discussed. Student reps do to have to attend all of these meetings in person, but it would be useful if there could be representation at each meeting.
There will also be a communication loop created between the MRes student rep and student reps for the PhD and DEd to ensure that the feedback from each body of students is fed to the appropriate places.
We would like the cohort to discuss and nominate a student rep. We think that this post could usefully be shared between two students and would encourage students to consider this.
Please can you think about this between you and let Kim know by the end of the week via email (firstname.lastname@example.org ). We will also mention this in the sessions this week so please feel free to ask the course team any questions you have then.