There is what’s known as an Opportunity Profile available to guide new Class Reps on what kind of tasks they might be set, roles they will be asked to play and how best to go about it. A copy of the Profile will be in your Induction Pack, or you can read it online or download it if you wish.
You need to attend Class Rep training in order to continue as a Class Rep. This session (2015-16), these will take place on 12th and 21st October, and 2nd November.
Staff and Student Liaison Committee
SSLC is just a fancy name for a meeting where some members of staff get together with Class Reps. to discuss any Course or Unit issues.
What points to raise
- Issues that involve a Unit or Course as a whole, e.g. resources, assessment deadlines
- Issues that may be of interest to other students in the College: library opening hours, computer/web access
What not to take
- Specific individual concerns – these can be dealt with by lecturers/course leaders
- Problems with lecturers – SSLC is no place to rant about a lecturer. Speak positively and diplomatically to the lecturer concerned first, then if there is no resolution, you can go to the Course Leader/Curriculum Manager
- Personal complaints about students – these need to be dealt with on an individual basis. If in doubt, speak to a lecturer/Course Leader/Curriculum Manager for assistance.
SSLC Survival tips
- Don’t get bored. Ask the students you represent before the meeting if they have any issues you should raise
- Be confident! Remember that student opinion matters – a lot
- Minutes are taken, but keep your own notes, so you remember details of the discussions that are important to you and your classmates
Report back …
- Show your class that student representation is alive and kicking – report back to them on the SSLC discussions – make good use of the new Student Voice website to flag issues as in progress, or completed
- Ask the College to display the minutes of the SSLC on Student Voice, if they don’t already
- Contact the SRC if you feel there are important issues not being followed up.
You may never have been in a meeting like a SSLC before, but just in case you’re worried, here’s meeting jargon simplified.
This is a list of things which will be discussed in the meeting. You should receive a copy of this in advance of the meeting. If you want to put anything on the agenda, contact the Chair at least 7 days in advance.
People who can’t attend. You should notify the Chair or at least the secretary to let them know if you cannot attend.
The Chair is the person responsible for running the meeting. If you’re having difficulty getting your say, catch the Chair’s eye so they know you want to speak.
These are the official record of what happened at the meeting. Minutes are usually distributed a few days after the meeting, and at the next meeting members will decide to accept them or not.
The secretary is responsible for recording and distributing the minutes of the meeting.