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Take part in student forums

Lauched in 2016, student forums provide an opportunity for students to engage directly with senior university leaders on issues that are important to their university experience.


Students asking questions at the first forum
Students feedback on a number of subjects at our Forums

Student forums are a great opportunity for students to offer significant feedback on their course, as well as the various services available across the University.

Big changes have been made in response to the ideas put forward by students at these events.

A number of subjects are discussed including; employability, Personal Academic Tutors, placement support, IT, facilities and much more.

Find out some examples of the progress that has been made following student forums below:

Free hot water across the University and the Students' Union

Free boiling water is now available across all University catering outlets, on the basis that people bring their own cups/flasks to be filled. In the meantime, hot water can be sourced from the Students’ Union free of charge.

More quiet chill-out areas for students struggling with anxiety or stress

Both the University and the Students’ Union understand how crucial these spaces are for students. With demand for chill-out areas increasing, the University has published a list of all the different spaces across our campuses (both study and chill-out). The Union’s Education Zone ran a consultation to look into what chill-out spaces would be welcomed in Building 42.

Introduction of a new work-shadowing scheme

A new work-shadowing scheme will soon be trialled, where students will have the opportunity to work closely with staff. This has been created specifically for students who may not be able to take part in a placement. There will be a pilot in the Finance department, making shadowing opportunities available for up to 30 students.

The pilot should be up and running later this academic year so keep an eye on the work experience section of the Careers and Employability website. The Careers and Employability team are currently looking into helping students work-shadow for external businesses as well.


The opportunity to develop employability through clubs and societies

Careers Practitioner Karl Anton reviewed this idea and has proposed a set of relevant resources to be developed and shared on the Student Groups How To webpage. Karl will take this idea to a joint working group meeting with Dan Varley, VP Engagement, so that they can consider how to take it forward together.

Sharing placement videos with the wider student community

A number of placement videos, originally from the Business School, have now been shared to the wider University community and can be accessed on the Careers and Employability website.

There has been an update to the ‘Master Classes’ series on all of our work experience programmes. These short 30 minutes sessions tell students where to start, opportunities that are available, and how to apply. Sessions are every couple of weeks and can be found on MyCareer.


More support for nursing students

The Faculty of Health Sciences have arranged for Rebecca Thomsen, Nursing Academic President, to join a placement practice working group, which will offer an insight into the industry for nursing students on placement. 

The faculty are also implementing mid-placement meetings, and reviewing a range of processes, including the ability for students to swap placements.


Fast-track your feedback at the next student forum

The next event, will be held on Wednesday 2 May from 12:30 –14:30 in Garden Court, Highfield Campus.

Join the event on Facebook or register for your ticket on Eventbrite.

Network with:

A light lunch will be served during the networking event.

Viiew a list of all of the changes made from our last forum, held in October 2017



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