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7: Student Voice and How to Get Involved

Student voice

There are a number of ways in which you can get involved in the life of the Department, and contribute towards our successes. This is an interesting and fantastic opportunity for you to develop some skills that you might not ordinarily use. Through contributing in this way you can demonstrate your resourcefulness, adaptability and willingness in your CV.

Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs are committees made up of elected student representatives and members of staff. They provide an accessible arena for you to discuss issues connected to teaching, learning and student support with staff. They also provide an opportunity for us to consult with you and receive feedback on new proposals. The SSLC should always be consulted on any major changes to course structures or content.

The Economics SSLC can make recommendations to the Economics Undergraduate Management Committee (UMC), and the Chair of the SSLC is invited to attend the UMC.

What kind of issues does the SSLC discuss?

The SSLC provides you with the opportunity, as a student, to raise any issues you would like to bring to our attention. The agenda of the SSLC is varied and determined on request by students and staff of the Department. It includes issues such as:

  • Teaching issues - e.g. lecture and module Support and Feedback class content or timing, new module development.
  • Education quality - difficulties on availability of the expected standard by the staff or other facilities like content for a module.
  • Assessment issues - e.g. marks distribution, examination policy, feedback mechanism, and results appeal, degree classification.
  • Library - e.g. issues with availability of course books, power sockets, quiet areas for study.
  • Student Careers & Skills - e.g. CV checks, economics-centred career advice.

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. The SSLC is a platform to address any issue that is deemed to be important in improving the teaching quality and overall student experience in Economics.

Membership of the Economics Undergraduate SSLC

There is one main SSLC for all undergraduate level degree courses within the Department. There are a maximum number of student SSLC members per year and per degree course based on the total number of students that are part of the course. In certain cases there may be more than one member in the same year and degree course to ensure due representation. The exact number varies annually and you will be informed about this at the beginning of the academic year. However, every effort is made to ensure the maximum number of members are accommodated.

New student representatives from each degree course in years 2 and 3, together with the Chair and Secretary are elected during the summer term and new first year student representatives are elected during the first two weeks of the Autumn term. We encourage you to take part in the elections, either by voting or by standing as a candidate and to be aware of who your representatives are. Once you are a member of the SSLC, your membership will be rolled over to the next academic year if you have attended sufficient meetings. This will be determined during the summer term. Representatives from our joint Degrees are also invited to sit on the Economics SSLC and representatives from EPAIS are invited to sit on the Politics SSLC.

The committee is led by an SSLC Chair and Secretary, elected from amongst and by the student SSLC representatives. For a full list of the duties of the Chair and Secretary of the SSLC see the SSLC webpage and Handbook.

There are various members of staff who attend the SSLC to make sure every aspect of student life is represented and to respond to issues raised in an effective way. The Director of Academic and Pastoral Support (also the SSLC Convenor); the Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies; Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Manager; Quality Assurance Manager; Undergraduate Coordinator or Secretary and one of: the Head of Department, the Director of Studies or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, together with any other relevant member of staff.

Information about the Economics SSLC can be found on the SSLC Webpage.

Meetings and attendance

There are two SSLC meetings every term, making it a total of five-six meetings per academic year. They are placed evenly through term in order to conduct effective follow-ups on any issues as required. Each meeting is to be kept within 90 minutes, unless pressing matters demand an extension.

As the committee only meets twice a term, representatives are expected to be present at all meetings. In the event of absence or an early departure, all members are expected to send their apologies to the SSLC Secretary, before the meeting, clearly stating the reason for their absence. This will be kept on record for future reference. In extenuating circumstances, with prior information, one absence may be condoned. If a student representative misses more than one meeting, the attendance policy dictates that the said representative must be re-elected into the committee and will not be allowed to extend their membership to the following year. This is subject to a case-by-case review and exceptional circumstances are taken into consideration.

Agenda, minutes and annual reports

The meeting details, agendas, minutes, annual report and any other publications relating to the current and previous year's SSLCs can be found on our website.

How to get involved in the SSLC

  • Stand as a candidate in the autumn term elections for First Year students or in the summer term elections for returning students.
  • Vote for your preferred candidates in the elections.
  • Use the electronic forum for discussing SSLC matters outside of normal meetings.
  • Follow the official Economics Undergraduate SSLC Facebook page. SSLC members are added to this page and are encouraged to invite any economics students to join. The aim of the page is to allow free-flowing discussions on issues about the Department; it should not be used for derogatory or irrelevant purposes.
  • Submit an item for the agenda of the SSLC meeting by contacting one of your SSLC representatives.
  • Keep up to date with the agenda and minutes of your SSLC meeting.

Please remember that personal problems or grievances are not a matter for the SSLC; these should instead be addressed by following the Department's Complaints and Grievances Policy.

For more detailed information and previous minutes and agendas please see the SSLC information on the Economics website.

Economics Student 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
  • 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 Term 1 via the Department's Ambassador webpage.

Economics Careers Representative

Each year the Department has a student careers representative. As a Careers Representative you will communicate Careers and Skills information to fellow students at all levels of study in the Department. This is done through Facebook and notice boards, as well as involvement in SSLC meetings and other careers events, both Department-specific and general. Regular liaison with Careers and Skills will facilitate early knowledge of campus events, visiting organisations, paid jobs and career planning innovations, such as new software and other initiatives. This position is organised through the Centre for Student Careers and Skills and opportunities will be advertised through my.Advantage.

Warwick 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 1200 members. 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. Find out more at www.warwickeconomicssociety.com

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. The most recent Summit welcomed distinguished speakers such as Martin Wolf, Spencer Dale and Dr Irene Guijt. In the past, the Summit has hosted Nobel Prize-winning academics such as George Akerlof and John Nash, along with key policy makers such as Andrew Bailey. 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. Find out more at www.warwickeconomicssummit.com/

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

Undergraduate Mentor Scheme

We run an Undergraduate Mentor Scheme each year in order to further enhance the student experience. The scheme helps First Year students to integrate more swiftly into the Department and University life. It also provides opportunities for Second and Final Year students to get involved and enhance their CV and skills.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, recruitment takes place at the end of Term 2 each year for the following academic year. There is an application to complete and if you are selected you will be required to attend a training session.