9. Student representation and feedback
9.1 Staff-Student Liaison Committee
The main forum in the School is the School Board. It normally meets four times per year. Postgraduate students have elected representatives on the Board.
The Postgraduate Staff-Student Liaison Committee is a subcommittee of the School Board. It deals with matters relating to both taught and research graduate students in the School, rectifying where possible any defects in organisation or other arrangements made for students; identifying problems not immediately soluble and passing these, with recommendations for action to the relevant person or committee. Students can raise problems or grievances and ask advice or liaise with staff.
There are normally two representatives (one first year, and one from years 2—4) from each of the main research groups (Pure, Applied, Probability/Statistics) in the School. Student representatives are normally elected in September of each academic year and serve for one year.
Student representatives also serve on other committees within the School and Faculty, for example the School's Postgraduate Committee, the School Health and Safety Committee and the Faculty Staff-Student Liaison Committee.
The opinion of postgraduate students is also sought on other matters of relevance, such as computing facilities and their use.
9.2 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey
The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) runs every two years and is a national survey of all research students in the majority of UK universities. The results of PRES are used to inform the School, Faculty and University on matters relating to PGR provision.
9.3 Course unit surveys
Students taking taught course units as part of the taught component will be asked for feedback on their course units. For MAGIC courses, you will complete a short questionnaire towards the end of the MAGIC semester. Information from the MAGIC course unit questionnaires feed back to the MAGIC Programme Committee. For MSc course units, you will complete a short questionnaire in Week 3 of semester and another, more detailed, questionnaire in Week 11. The results of these surveys feed into the School's Teaching Committee and quality assurance processes.
9.4 Advice outside the formal channels
The majority of problems that you may experience as a postgraduate research student can often be most easily and quickly resolved informally. In the first instance, you are strongly recommended to take up all academic or personal problems with your Supervisor or Advisor or with your Programme Director for your group or the Director of Postgraduate Studies. You may also seek help outside the School from the Postgraduate Administrator or the Faculty Graduate Office.
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