Arriving on campus
Every 3 months as Faculty Representative, I can invite up to 5 student observers to attend the Faculty Assembly. On the 25th March 2019, 4 students joined us for the day. Arriving the night before (3 arrived, one was local) we started the evening with dinner before sitting down and discussing the papers for the meeting and spending time discussing our learning journeys as well as getting to know about each other. We were joined by the Student Association President Cath Brown and the Student Association Vice President Media and Campaigns Fanni Zombor, which allowed the students to find out more about the work we are doing within the Student Association and across the University in terms of making sure the student voice is taking to the heart of decision making.
We had an early breakfast then headed to campus for our first meeting of the day. Ian Fribance (Executive Dean for FASS) met with the students prior to the assembly. This gave the students the chance to field questions to Ian as well as a chance for Ian to find out a little about the students. I must say well done to the students as they did not waste this opportunity to fire in with some very interesting questions. We then took our place in a very busy Hub Theatre. Academic staff, Associate Lecturers, student representatives and staff from across the University were present for the meeting. During the meeting the students joined tables of staff to participate in discussions and got the chance to meet and interact with staff.
After the meeting we had lunch in the Hub restaurant, then we went on a tour around the campus. We first visited The Zone at the Student Association, then worked our way around campus into the Library. We spent a little bit of time here looking at module materials as well as exploring. We then made our way back across campus to Walton Hall, then visited the Reflection garden. We ended the day slowly walking in the sun back to the cars before the students then started to make their way home.
As students we know how hard it is when you are sitting at home alone studying and feeling like you are the only student in the world. The Faculty Assembly not only allows students the chance to meet other students, but lets them see the passion and commitment from both the Student Association, the elected student members and the University to support students in their learning journey.