Air-Conditioning in FH
The air conditioning is currently being monitored along with the heating by the Technicians as the weather changes in the coming weeks, the heating will be extended slightly to go on a bit longer in the evening with the look of getting the air con turned down.
One question raised by the 1st year reps is whether the Inf1-lecturers would agree to put in a single link inside the “Learn” environment for their course, pointing to that
particular course webpage? New entrants to the University are being confused by the fact that all their other courses use Learn, but the Inf 1 courses have no resources there (not do they have any pointer to resources). The lecturers are currently doing this.
A question raised by the 1st year reps is the broken links on the FP webpage. They ask if you could go through the various links and fix them. Don Sannella has been asked to fix this.
The 2nd year reps have raised the issue of (the lack of) bike-parking spaces at Forrest Hill. Students are using the few spaces available out on the road beside newsagents etc,
but would appreciate if it was possible to add some University racks beside the Forrest Hill building. There is a very limited space outside the building so this might not be possible, but it will be looked into.
The 2nd years don’t like the evening lectures, and would appreciate it if they could be scheduled earlier. This is something that could be looked into for 2016/2017.
A 3rd year rep asked about the possibility of some December exams (most students would prefer that to the current situation where everything is examined in April/May). The history of this debate was discussed and Nantas and Mary explained that although “semester 1 exams in December” has been ruled out for 3rd and 4th year, all the same there is the hope that a few select courses will evolve to have the exam in December and that this might happen earliest 2016/17, since we must code it into the DPTs.
The 4th year reps raised the issue of insufficient lab space for their SLIP coursework. They have a couple of rooms in FH dedicated to SLIP for this semester, but since there are 4 different groups this year, they feel this is not enough. Arvind is trying to arrange extra space – however, they would appreciate it if he could be supported in this.
SLIP is limited the size of the class – with a max of 4 groups with no more than 6 members in each group. This is being looked into by the lecturer and the ITO.
The reps mentioned that students are having trouble understanding the STN material because they haven’t seen this kind of Maths before now (eg evolution to particular distributions), and the lecturer is going too too fast through the material. The lecturer has been notified.
The 4th year reps mentioned that due to the extra-large class size for EXC, that there is a need for more clusters. The lecturer is trying to arrange for more, however they requested that he should be supported in trying to achieve this. They also said the lecturer is very good.
The ug5 reps mentioned that students have reported some problems with HCI, mostly a consequence of the extra people taking the course this year. One issue is with the new bigger lecture rooms. The lecturer walks around a lot when Lecturing, and students can’t hear him and request he please uses the clip-on microphone for the entire lecture.
There is an “office-hour style” tutorials for HCI where students can raise questions about course material and particularly the coursework. He is taking these tutorials himself, and does them one evening over two hours, each group having an hour. However, the class is *huge*, and one slot has far more students than the other (due to student constraints) and the lecturer:student ratio is insufficient given the style of these meetings (asking questions one-to-one). It was suggested that maybe getting a demonstrator/tutor appointed who could work alongside the lecturer for these sessions. The lecturer said that this will be the case for coursework – 2 which is a programming exercise and a tutor will be present alongside the lecturer and email can also be sent to the tutor if there are any problems.
They also noted that cwk1 is due very soon, so if anything could be done to give a bit of extra help before that, it would be good (maybe a bit of email support). Though they said they did not feel that progress on coursework had been too negatively-affected at this point. The lecturer said a number of students do send me emails with queries and he does answer them promptly.
The Reps issues a concern over the size of the MSc intake this year, which is just under 260 students, about a short supply of projects and supervisors. There are around 250 students doing IRR this year which is double to what we had last year. The School is aware of the situation and assures the students that there will be nothing to worry about.
There were comments about missing Exam Papers on the Library site from a couple of MSc class reps … and the worry was that there was a seeming a random pattern to the omitted papers. Mary said she would look at this.