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7: Student voice and how to get involved

Graduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee

The MSc GSSLC (Graduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee) is an important platform in the Economics Department to have your say and provide feedback to us. Students get together with Departmental staff to discuss issues that concern the learning experience. Even in the best departments, there are always some issues that deserve to be 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 the students and the Department to communicate. If you would like to raise an issue please email your student representatives at: economics.mscsslc@warwick.ac.uk.

Issues that have been raised in the past include access to material in the Library, questions concerning the Department’s IT facilities as well as aspects of students’ learning experience and examination, and, even ranging to 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. That is, GSSLC items should only be for issues 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 MSc course, GSSLC representatives will meet with staff from the Department five times. That is not very often. So to future representatives: make sure you prepare the meetings and a list of issues that you want to bring to the Department! If you put just a little preparation time into it, it will be much easier to address them.

How GSSLC representatives are elected:

  • All students are asked to submit a candidacy.
  • Department hosts online voting.
  • Elected representatives agree on Chair and Secretary.

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

  • There will be ten or so representatives from the different MSc courses
  • Out of these a Chair will be chosen, whose main task it is to chair the GSSLC meetings
  • The 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 Postgraduate Office will ask you to prepare a list of items to be discussed. All the representatives, and the Chair and Secretary in particular, are responsible for collecting these issues and sending them in on time
  • Ask your fellow students what they think about the courses
  • Your job is to help the students and the Department to communicate. If you are willing to listen carefully to both, and if you like to communicate and to analyse problems, you will be able to make a great contribution indeed

During the Summer Term the representatives will be asked to prepare an annual report of the year. This will be considered by the University and Students’ Union to monitor the effectiveness of the SSLC system, highlighting issues and examples of good practice. All GSSLC meeting minutes must be uploaded to the SU website and provide another way for the Students’ Union and the SSLC Staff Co-ordinators to keep informed of current developments and issues of concern or good practice. The Education Officer, Postgraduate Officer and SSLC Co-ordinators have membership on the University’s Academic Quality and Standards Committee to make representations on behalf of the SSLC system and escalate any issues accordingly.

Economics Society

Warwick Economics Society is one of the longest standing academic Students' Union societies and one of the largest on campus with more than 1700 members from 130 degree programmes. Its aim is to offer you a diverse range of events which help you to progress, not only academically but also with your chosen career path. With sponsors including top law, accountancy and banking firms, the society host some excellent careers events and talks. The Society put on some of the most talked about socials on campus, and also boast some of the strongest sports teams at Warwick, providing opportunities to get involved with football and netball in the earlier terms and cricket and rounders later on. They also produce Assumptions magazine, and this year organised a debating competition where the winners were able to debate in a larger competition against students from other top universities.

There are many other fantastic societies that you can get involved in. Other popular societies for Economics students include Warwick Economics Summit, Warwick Finance Societies, TEDx Warwick, Warwick Emerging Markets Society, Warwick International Development Society, Warwick Africa Summit and many more.

Warwick Economics Summit

Warwick Economics Summit is one of the largest student-run academic conferences in Europe, featuring world-renowned figures, engaging debates and educational workshops. The Summit covers a range of global issues including politics, development, finance and psychology. It provides an opportunity for anyone with an interest in economic affairs and politics to discuss the latest worldwide developments. In the past, the Summit has hosted Nobel Prize-winning academics such as Tawakkol Karman, George Akerlof and John Nash, along with key policy makers such as Andrew Bailey, Laurence Tubiana and Dame Barbara Stocking. The weekend offers the chance to meet and learn from a truly diverse group of students, and to socialise with delegates from around the world at the black tie ball.

Economics Ambassadors

Each year we have the opportunity for a certain number of our students to become paid Economics Student Ambassadors to promote the Department and enhance their own student experience.

Student Ambassadors assist in the running of numerous events including:

  • Open Days
  • Guest lectures
  • Student Experience events and activities
  • Summer schools
  • 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 help us with case studies and student videos.

We will provide training and briefings for Ambassadors. There are numerous benefits including:

  • Further opportunities to engage with staff in the Department
  • A chance to gain work experience
  • An addition to your CV that will enhance your employability
  • A chance to share your passion for Economics and the University
  • A chance to meet and help other students
  • A competitive rate of pay.

If you would like to be considered for this rewarding and exciting opportunity, please apply at the beginning of the Autumn Term via our Ambassador webpage.

Economics Bloggers

Our Student Blogs are all written by current students, studying and often living on campus. Our students are paid for their time, but we do not edit the posts or tell our bloggers what to say. These are their thoughts, opinions and insights and based on their own personal experiences of their time at Warwick.

If you would like to become a blogger please email our Online Communications Officer: economics.news@warwick.ac.uk