Student Voice Week, a partnership event between the Open University and the Students Association is being held fully online 15th to 21st of November. The full list of events can be found here.
Throughout the week, there will be sessions to cater for all types of OU students; from nation specific events, to faculty chats, consultation, focus groups and demos. Many different parts of the OU and the Association will have something on offer.
Student Voice matters all year round; it shapes the ways in which decisions are made at the OU and the Association and often new initiatives are started as a result of student's feedback. This weeklong event aims to tie together initiatives and give easy opportunities for new ones to be started and enables students who may usually have limited time to make a real impact on their student journey with a little bit of time.
In this article, we collected 10 activities which may be overlooked amongst the 40+ sessions on offer but are definitely worth attending!
Make sure you use this week as your opportunity to use your student voice and get involved!
1 The Student Mental Health Agreement: working in partnership to support student mental health
This session will provide information on the OU in Scotland's Student Mental Health Agreement (SMHA) developed in partnership with the OU Students Association. We will provide an overview of the SMHA and the commitments we have made to support students' mental health. We will then seek participants' input on how we can best work together to achieve our objectives.
2 The OU Library: Referencing & Plagiarism Webpage – What do YOU want to see?
We know referencing can be a worry and we’re here to support you! Join this focus group hosted by the OU Library to look at the current Referencing & Plagiarism support page and let us know what works, what doesn’t and what you want to see in a new and improved webpage.
3 Your Voice Matters - Careers Facebook chat
Is your student voice being heard? The Careers and Employability team would like to hear from you. Join our Facebook chat to tell us your thoughts and ideas on the different ways we can support you and how you’d like to access our support.
You can also see how we use your comments to improve and develop the service. Don’t worry if you’ve never used our services before, your opinions matter. Have your say and help us to help you better.
4 The 2nd eSTEeM Annual Student Conference: Engaging Students as Partners in Scholarship
eSTEeM is the STEM Faculty’s Scholarship and Innovation Centre. Scholarship refers to a set of activities which lead to evidence-informed innovation that enhances teaching and learning for the benefit of students; this is commonly referred to as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning or SoTL.
This conference will showcase a small selection of the innovative projects being carried out by our project teams all with the common aim of enhancing the learning experience for STEM students. We hope you will join us to learn more about our work and find out how you could get involved with scholarship projects in the future.
5 Meet the OU Senior Team - Q&A
Ask the OU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and other members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive questions and find out a bit more about why the OU wants to hear from you.
6 Decolonising the Curriculum: Involving Students
An opportunity to engage with this important and topical subject area.
7 Diversity in Student Voice
We welcome anyone and everyone to come and talk about student diversity at the OU, particularly focusing on the Faculty of Business and Law. We want to hear from you about what it means to be part of a diverse student population and how we can best engage with you so that your voice is actively listened to. As we want to hear from you, we would love you to turn on your video or audio at points during the event. Of course if you just want to listen, that's fine too.
8 Meet the student support chatbot
Join us in an interactive session where we share the latest members of our digital student support team; Betty, Q-Bot and OU Bot. We want to hear your thoughts and feelings around how chatbot could support you in the future.
9 Help us to lift the lid and demystify Distance Learning - the OU way
10 Student Voice Week Round-up Session
Come along and tell us about your experience of activities during the week, what you enjoyed and how we could do better.
We very much look forward to meeting you at some of the sessions.
Senior Manager, Student Voice at the Open University
Vice President Engagement at the Students Association