I hope everyone has had a lovely term.
The following are some of the main highlights for some of the objectives I've worked towards this term:
1. Signposting of services
Over the last term, I have been working to develop better signposting mechanisms to academic staff. This will be a part of the personal tutor review that is being currently carried out. The greater signposting is aimed around a multitude of services including better communication of the KCLSU advice services and the support it offers for students. Better communication of flexible payment options, career services, the availability of mental health first aiders on campus as well as all the student support offered at King’s to be included as well.
2. Improving IT infrastructure – CTEL and Keats
I have had meetings with CTEL (Centre for Technology-Enhanced Learning) around the increase of IT provisions and more digital tools in teaching as well as expanding lecture capture facilities and improving the communicating their various features. Changes to KEATS are also to be made to make the service better and working to use feedback to improve the service.
3. Developing more feedback procedures
I have been working on having more ‘snap’ surveys to trial significant ideas that are to be trialled or rolled out.
4. Reducing external speaker wait time from 15 working days
Currently due to there being two separate risk assessment processes, using the Freedom of expression standing advisory group I am working with the other officers to create a single risk assessment procedure so that the wait time for external speaker events for student groups is significantly reduced.
5. More student representation on all decision making bodies at the university
There is currently no student representation on some of the important decision making bodies at King’s. Additionally, I am currently the only student member on College Council (the highest decision-making body at the university) and whilst the addition of another student seat has been internally approved and is awaiting the privy council, I am working with King's regarding the mechanisms of the appointment.
6. Working with faith group societies to make sure all faith groups on
campus are adequately represented
This term I started working with some of the student faith groups to assess whether there are appropriate provisions and facilities in place for all faith groups. One of the key action points was the development of a handbook which all faith groups can help with to give information and map out all faith and cultural centres near all our main campuses.
7. Exam Timetabling
This term I started work with King's timetabling with the Academic Officers to make exam timetables more flexible and better for all students.
8. Brexit steering group
Working with The University to make sure there is a proper strategy in place for our students that is dynamic to all potential Brexit outcomes.
9. Working with the VPEH for more flexibility for fee payments
Currently, flexible payments for fees are on an ad-hoc basis. We have been working both to add more blanket provisions as well as making more students aware of potential flexible options.