The atmosphere in the Department is friendly and informal and it is usually very easy to meet with individual members of staff. All academic staff post their ‘office hours’ on their office doors and on their staff webpages, specifying regular times when they will be available for student enquiries. You can also set up appointments at other times by emailing them.
Students should note that the University & department will ONLY contact you via your University e-mail address. Please be sure to check your e-mails on a regular basis so that you do not miss any important communications. To update your address please do so via the student record online page. Sign in to this page as usual and select ‘Student Records’ from the ‘My Data’ link on the left hand menu.
Messages may be left for staff in the pigeonholes, which are located in the mail room (H340) on the Third Floor of the Humanities Building. Your postgraduate student pigeonholes are also located on the Third Floor. Please check your pigeonhole regularly, as communications from administrative staff may be left here for you. You can also keep up to date with what is happening the Department of History by following:
During the pandemic, much of our communication and activities will be online. If you have suggestions about how to improve communication or ideas about how to boost our online community, please do get in touch.
The Department has a Postgraduate Staff-Student Liaison Committee (SSLC), for which the Director of PGT Studies acts as convenor. The SSLC is an elected body made up of student course representatives and academic members of staff to discuss any issues or concerns raised by students. The student representatives, including a Chair and a Secretary, will be elected by the Committee at the SSLC Election meeting held during the first week of term.
Issues raised during SSLC meetings are reported first to the Education Committee and then to the relevant staff committee where the issues can be addressed. The Committee meets four or five times a year, to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern. It acts as a forum where questions about your course of study, and about the running of the Graduate Programme can be raised. All responses are reported back to the SSLC.
If you feel you have grounds for complaint, you should initially raise your concerns within the Department, through discussion with your Course Director, SSLC, PGT/PGR Director, the Head of Department, or with the Students’ Union Education Officer. If this does not lead to a satisfactory outcome there is a formal academic complaints procedure, full details of which are provided on the University’s website.