Student Staff Liaison Committee and Student Feedback

Our Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) provides a forum for students to raise any matter of concern regarding their course, and the teaching and learning they are experiencing.

Our Committee meets once each term (autumn, spring and summer).

    Student representatives for 2016-17


    • Adebusola Adeyinka (first-year)
    • Talia Burr, Paige Spencer, Samuel Oanea (second-year)
    • Chloe Allcock, Jessica Miller and Peter Murrells (final-year)

    • to be confirmed (first-year)
    • to be confirmed (second-year)
    • to be confirmed (final-year)
    • We currently have vacancies for European studies course representatives. Please contact us if you would like more information about the role.


    • to be confirmed (first-year)
    • We currently have vacancies for Global studies course representatives. Please contact us if you would like more information about the role.


    • Darja Markusevska (first-year)
    • Izabela-Cristina Zibileanu (second-year)
    • to be confirmed (final-year)

    We currently have vacancies for Latin American studies course representatives. Please contact us if you would like more information about the role.


    • to be confirmed (first-year)
    • Roxana Cebuc (second-year)
    • Rachel Simson (final-year)

    We currently have vacancies for Liberal Arts course representatives. Please contact us if you would like more information about the role.

    Dates of SSLC meetings for 2016-17

    • Wednesday 16 November 2016 (week 7)
    • Wednesday 1 March 2017 (week 22)
    • Wednesday 3 May 2017 (week 31)
    • All meetings to be held from 1-2pm in room 4.204.

    SSLC meeting minutes

    The documents below are restricted to Essex users only.

    Copies of minutes from earlier meetings are available from our Centre office.

    Student Satisfaction Survey summary

    ISC degrees received very good scores in the National Student Survey last year. American Studies was ranked first for student satisfaction. It can be difficult to extrapolate course-by-course data for ISC degrees from the NSS returns, due to the relatively small numbers involved. Free text comments suggest that our students are, on the whole, very positive about the quality of the teaching that they experience at the University of Essex. There is some general dissatisfaction expressed about the bunching of deadlines and, to a lesser extenty, timetable clashes. We will continue to work to resolve these issues as far as possible.

    You Said, We Did

    We have made changes in response to student feedback, in a programme entitled "You said, we did":

      You said that you would like to have more specifically interdisciplinary modules run by ISC to choose from. We have now introduced a new optional module, CS220: Navigating the Digital World, that can be taken at either level 4 or 5, either as a full-year 30 credit module or as two 15-credit modules. CS220 examines the digital world in which we live, touching on issues such as hacking, social media, ethics, digital crime, video games and interactive technologies, and encouraging students to think critically about the uses and challenges of digital technologies in contemporary societies. The lectures are delivered by members of staff from across the university, from Engineering to Sociology, Law and History. As part of the module, the technology-enhanced learning team delivers a series of technical skills workshops, focusing on topics that range from blogging to video production. More new modules are in development!

      You said that you would like more help with preparing to enter the workplace. We have introduced two new co-curricular modules that focus on this, as well as on skills for studying at university. CS711: Skills for University Studies, is a compulsory module for all first-year ISC students that is team-taught and makes intensive use of Moodle. The module aims to provide students with key skills for both study at university and employment in the graduate labour market. In the second year, we introduced the optional co-curricular module, CS712: Beyond the BA: Skills for the Next Step, which allows students to reflect on the world of work. Students may also take CS200: Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action, which engages with the real-world needs of local communities, people and the environment while providing students with key skills for life beyond university.

      You said that you would like better communication between departments. We are continuing to liaise with our colleagues in other faculties and departments and to forge new links and develop new modules.

      You said that all feedback should be returned in a timely manner, regardless of the department in which a module is taken. We agree and are fully cooperating with university-wide efforts to ensure that this is the case.

    Head of School's report on Student Assessment of Modules questionnaire

    The documents below are restricted to Essex users only.