Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 31st October 2018

In attendance: Stuart Anderson Director of Teaching, Neil Heatley, Head of Student Services, Kendal Reid ITO, Sarah Taylor Communications and Recruitment, Karen Davidson, Student Support Officer, Senior Computing Support Officer

UG1
It has been reported that the students are now happy with INF1-CL tutorials are now shorter and more manageable, Stuart asked for feedback next week on this.  There are now videos available on-line which is good and the comments on Piazza are really helpful. The lectures have also slowed down and are more clearer, although the students are finding the programs too complex and are struggling to understand (but the Inf-CL lecturer should be making it clear that he is using parts of Haskell that students have not reached in their course).  Also could revision tutorials be set up before the exams and a specimen paper be supplied?  Stuart is meeting with all the lecturers for INF1.  There will also be a transition from CL to OP before Semester 1 finishes.

UG2
INF2A there is not a good explanation on the Code, the students need more content and asked if Tophat could be used in the lectures, so the lecturer knows what the students are understanding and also if Tophat could be used in the DMMR lectures.

UG3
The students are happy with the format of IAML and IVR.
ILP coursework one should be returned by Friday, this is one week late.

UG4
There was a discussion over the grades for MLPR and CT and whether they will be scaled.  This led to a wider discussion on the approach to marking and the common marking scale.
The School is looking to have a more consistent marking guideline across all of the courses and is developing guidance on the use of the University Common Marking Scale.  School of Informatics rarely scales marks at the moment but mathematics do this more commonly. Stuart is talking with Maths about their approach to guidelines and the use of scaling.

MSc
All good, nothing to report, students are just busy with coursework deadlines.

UG5
Nothing to report.

General
Neil Heatley asked if anyone would be willing to volunteer to attend the Recruitment Committee, discussing things like Scholarships and promotional material etc, this would be mean attending 3 times a year.

He also mentioned that there is a Travel Fund available that can be made available for students who would like to attend events, competitions or workshops.  Funding would be based on merit but he would like input from the students about supplying this fund.

The Reps asked Neil if he was able to book rooms for them .

ITO will put up a sign on the door of the South Lab indicating it will be a Quiet Lab.

Neil asked the Reps if they feel like the UG Mailing list should be moderated to stop unsolicited email going through, but the students don’t think this is necessary.  Neil may send round an email indicating what is appropriate and what is not to post.

All levels have now been supplied with drying racks for dishes.

There are still ongoing issues with the door or Level 9, Neil is aware if this.

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