The Students Association at Student Voice Week 2021

A guide to registering for all Students Association events across Student Voice Week 2021.


With such a huge range of events happening across Student Voice Week, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding on the events designed to inform, educate, and celebrate all the work students feed into across the board. 

At The Association, we have some fantastic events going ahead, and they’re all listed below so you can register to attend them at the click of a button!

Saturday November 13 @ 10:00-11:00

Welcome to Student Voice Week 2021

The Open University Student Voice Team and the OU Students Association

Informal session to introduce what’s going on in Student Voice Week and share your thoughts and expectations about the week ahead.

Saturday November 13 @ 15:00-16:00

Take a look at the Annual Membership Survey 2020 results

OU Students Association

OU Students Association Annual Membership Survey – A Closer Look: The Students Association is run by students, for students and our mission is to make a positive difference for ALL OU students. Join us for this focus group to take a closer look at the survey results from 2020, focusing on under-represented groups and culture.

Saturday Nolvember 13 @ 18:30-19:30

10 Times Bolder

OU Students Association

We want students to join us to talk about what they would do or change if they were ’10 Times Bolder’. We will be discussing changes and ideas relating to OU study around ‘Personal’, ‘Communal’ and ‘Environmental’ factors. A chance to think outside the box and bring your blue sky thinking!

Sunday November 14 @  19:00-20:00 For Access students

Open and Access courses – Vocational – Listening to the Student Voice in hard to reach areas

OU Students Association

Your Students Association and programme are aware how hard it is for students on Access courses to know how to engage with us and for Open students to know what belongs where. We are keen to hear from you as to what would make it easier for your views to be heard and acted upon. Attend an informal exchange of views led by your ideas.

Monday  November 15 @ 18:00-19:00

OU Students Association 50th Celebrations with Association President Sarah Jones

OU Students Association

The Students Association is celebrating its 50th Birthday in 2022. How would you like to see us celebrate? What kind of events would you like to see on the agenda? We will be using Teams to explain what has gone before and breakout rooms for smaller discussion groups. We aim to capture the ideas that come up on a Padlet so that we don’t miss any. We want our 50th to be a student-led event. So come and join the discussion and have your say on how we celebrate being 50.

Monday November 15 @ 19:30-20:30

OU Students Association communication consultation

OU Students Association

The Association shares events, activities and opportunities for OU students nearly every day – but do we do it in the right way? Join Vice President Engagement Fanni Zombor and Association Communications staff for a reflection on our current promotional efforts and to share your thoughts on how we could do better in the future.

Tuesday November 16 @  12:00-13:00

Sharing good practice in working with students on committees

OU Students Association

The event will be a sharing of good practice followed by a Q & A and is aimed at any academic and professional services staff who are now or may in the future work or participate in committees/groups with students in attendance/involvement in any way, and students who currently sit on any committee or who think they might like to. And anyone who is interested in this vital aspect of OU work.

Tuesday November 16 @ 17:00-18:00 For Access students

Open and Access – Listening to the Student Voice in hard to reach areas

OU Students Association

Your Students Association and programme are aware how hard it is for students on Access courses to know how to engage with us and for Open students to know what belongs where. We are keen to hear from you as to what would make it easier for your views to be heard and acted upon. Attend an informal exchange of views led by your ideas.

Tuesday November 16 @ 20:00-21:00

Comparison of OU and brick university degrees

OU Students Association

Do you have concerns about the value of an Open University Degree? Maybe you have a particular career in mind and wonder how an employer would consider your degree against a more traditional “brick university” degree. In this session you will have the opportunity to hear from OU alumni and employers, ask questions and hopefully gain more confidence in your choice to study here.

Wednesday November 17 @  18:00-19:15

Student Insights – Exploring Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

OU Students Association

At the Students Association we want all students to feel encouraged and supported as valued members of our community. Join us to connect with and hear from students like you. We’ll explore your experiences of OU study, how you have overcome fears and concerns, and your most valued support.

Wednesday November 17 @ 20:00-21:00 For students based in Wales

Welsh Student Voice Special

OU Students Association

We’ll be asking students in Wales to contribute to a discussion board leading up to the meeting where students will have the opportunity to discuss key points raised as well as finding out more about opportunities to have their voices heard and volunteering.

Friday November 19 @ 12:30-13:30

OU Student Action for Refugees (OSTAR)

OU Students Association

In this session co-presented by OSTAR students Ruth Hennell, Allan Roy and OU tutor Suki Haider we will explain the important role of students in the Equality for Education campaign and to the OU’s submission to become a University of Sanctuary. We will use an interactive game to draw attention to the barriers faced by forced migrant students in education.

We will explain the work of other STAR groups. For example, Bath and Warwick universities have online homework clubs for forced migrants and provide English language teaching led by students. We will ask OU student participants how they think volunteers could work at the OU. For example, to produce educational resources for OU staff and students to promote Equality for Education for publication on its website. Participants will be encouraged to identify OSTAR activities that they think are possible in the OU context, in order for us to identify where we need to focus our efforts in the next 12 months. Finally, having heard what we do, they will be asked to join our group.

Friday November 19 @ 13:30-14:30

Researching OU Student Voices: Postgraduate students share their research into OU study

OU Students Association

Hear from Postgraduate Students about the research they are undertaking about OU students and OU study. A glimpse into the world of research at the OU and a chance to find out more about topics which are close to our hearts.

Friday November 19 @  19:00-20:00

Students Association Governance

OU Students Association

The Students Association is run by students, for students and our mission is to make a positive difference for ALL OU students. Join us for this focus group discussion to share your views on how we can improve the ways that we connect with, and represent, students.

Friday November 19 @  20:00-21:00 For students studying with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)

FASS Connect chat with Q&A

OU Students Association

FASS students are invited to come along and meet Bev Smit,( Faculty Rep) and Leanne White England AER) to have a chat and ask any questions they have about the Faculty.

Saturday November 20 @ 10:00-11:00

Individual Representation Service and the Complaints and Disciplinary Process

OU Students Association

Come along and find out about the Associations brand new Individual Representation service. We’ll let you know what the service is about and how we can support you.

Saturday November 20 @  19:00-21:00

OU Students Association Quiz Night

OU Students Association

Join other students you met with throughout Student Voice Week for a session filled with chatter and tricky questions. All you need is your brain and maybe a pen and paper…don’t forget the drinks and snacks. We look forward to seeing you there

Sunday November 20 @  11:00-12:00

Student Voice Week Round-up

The Open University Student Voice Team and the OU Students Association

Share your experiences of Student Voice Week and let us know what worked, what didn’t and what you’d like to see more (or less!) of in the future.

Sunday November 20 @  18:00-19:00

Shaping the Student Community

OU Students Association

Being an OU student has its challenges and this session will give you a chance to help shape the student community of the future. How do we link students together better, face to face or on-line, by module, location or interest? Come along and have your say and if you’re busy at this time please contribute to our Jamboard.

Click here to see the full timetable for Student Voice week


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