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8: Student voice and how to get involved

Graduate Student Staff Liaison Committee

The GSSLC (Graduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee) is an important platform for you to have your say and provide feedback to us. Students get together with Departmental staff to discuss issues that concern their learning experience. Even in the best departments, there are always some issues that need to be discussed and addressed. Yet the GSSLC is more than a ‘complaint box’. The Committee has also been very useful in the past to simply ask questions that were unclear to many students. This makes the GSSLC a good opportunity for students and the Department to communicate. An email account has been set up to make it easier for you to communicate with GSSLC representatives (economics.pgrsslc@warwick.ac.uk ). This is only accessible by GSSLC reps and not by members of faculty or administrative staff.

Issues that have been raised in the past include access to material in the Library, questions concerning IT facilities as well as aspects of your learning experience and examination and some issues addressing more long-term matters such as curriculum development. At the same time, the GSSLC is not intended to address special problems that concern only one individual student. Often these issues can be more efficiently resolved if the student speaks to the Postgraduate Office or to the module teacher concerned.

GSSLC items should only be the ones that concern a wider population of Economics postgraduates. Also, the GSSLC should generally not be a channel for evaluation of individual modules. This should be done via the module evaluation forms. However, if the representatives feel that there are some issues about individual modules that are not addressed via the module evaluation form, they are free to raise these in the GSSLC meetings.

During the academic year, GSSLC representatives will meet with staff from the Department four times. That is not very often. So, an important message to all of your future representatives is: make sure you prepare for the meetings and have a list of issues that you want to bring to the Department. Please put just a little preparation time into it and it will be much easier to address them.

How GSSLC representatives are elected:

  1. All students are asked to submit a candidacy.
  2. the Department hosts online voting.
  3. Elected representatives agree on Chair and Vice-Chair.

Some useful things to know if you become a GSSLC representative:

  • There will be up to six representatives from the MRes/PhD programme.
  • Out of these a Chairperson will be chosen, whose main task is to chair the GSSLC meetings.
  • The Vice-Chair/Secretary has to take minutes of the meetings and replaces the Chair in her/his absence. The minutes are circulated to all students so they know what’s going on.
  • The first thing to do for the representatives is to look at last year’s GSSLC annual report to get a feel for what has been discussed.
  • It is also useful to begin each meeting with an update on how the issues of the last meeting have been addressed since then.
  • Before each meeting, the MRes/PhD Office will ask you to prepare a list of items to be discussed. All the representatives, and the Chair/ Vice-Chair in particular, are responsible for collecting these issues and sending them in on time.
  • Ask your fellow students what they think about the courses.
  • The Chair and Secretary are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and submitting this to the Student Union.
  • Your job is to help the students and the Department to communicate. If you are willing to carefully listen to both, and if you like to communicate and to analyse problems, you will be able to make a great contribution indeed.

The Warwick Students' Union provide training and a handbook for all course representatives.

Economics Society

Established in 1981, the Warwick Economics Society is one of the longest standing academic societies on campus. With a current membership of over 1700 members, the Society welcomes undergraduate and postgraduate students from all disciplines, all ages and all interests. Further details are at www.warwickeconomicssociety.com . The Society organises a range of careers, academic speaker and social events all aimed at broadening your network.

Warwick Economic Summit

The Warwick Economics Summit is one of the largest student-run academic conferences in Europe. Now in its 17th year, this is an international forum where talented students from various universities listen to some of the world's most inspirational speakers. The Summit's focus goes beyond the field of economics, encompassing the broader spheres of the social sciences, including development, politics, psychology and international relations. Further information on previous summits and the next planned event are available on the web page (https://www.warwickeconomicssummit.com/about-the-summit) .

Economic Ambassadors

There are opportunities to become an ambassador for the department. Ambassadors assist at numerous events throughout the year including open days, taster events, alumni events and student induction. Activities may include conducting campus tours, talking to visitors and prospective students, as well as new students especially during the first weeks of term, signposting visitors and running sessions on student life. We are also looking for Ambassadors who can participate in focus groups and help us with case studies and student videos. Benefits to you include: further opportunities to engage with staff in the department, the chance to gain work experience, an addition to your CV that will enhance your employability, as well as a competitive rate of pay. Further information is available here (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/current/ug/resources/get-involved/studentambassadors).

Economics Student Bloggers

Our student blogs are all written by current students, studying and often living on campus. Student bloggers are paid for their time and we don't edit their posts or tell them what to say. They record their thoughts, opinions and insights based on their own personal experience during their time at Warwick. If you are interested in becoming a blogger for the Economics department please contact our Online Communications Officer (economics.news@warwick.ac.uk).