Students are encouraged to participate in the quality process.
Every subject area and degree programme in the School has a system of staff-student consultation. School student representatives also sit on our Learning and Teaching Committee which is the main body responsible for evaluating the quality of learning, teaching and research supervision in the School and for implementing developments and improvements.
Different programmes undertake student consultation in different ways. For example, in Clinical Psychology students provide direct feedback daily on each lecture attended and also provide comprehensive annual reviews of each programme.
Nursing Studies, and Counselling and Psychotherapy have staff student liaison meetings attended by programme or year group representatives. These meet three times each year and the notes from the meetings are circulated to the whole student body.
Further information about student representatives, including a role description, a list of class representatives, and advice on how academic staff can offer support, is available from the Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) website.
Each degree programme has a system of academic and pastoral support. This includes a named Director of Studies, who is a member of academic staff, and a Student Support Officer from the School Administrative team.
Students on professional programmes also have mentors or professional supervisors, in addition to their University academic tutor. On national student surveys for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, we achieve high satisfaction ratings for student contact with staff, including staff availability, support and guidance, and communication.
Students on professional programmes are strongly encouraged to take up student membership of their professional bodies and many do, some of them becoming active student participants at national conferences, meetings and fora which can serve them well in their post-qualification careers.
The University has a policy on academic and pastoral support which is available to download from the Academic Services website.
This data base acts as a single port of call to signpost students to the myriad co-curricular development opportunities available across the University.
This article was published on Oct 26, 2011