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Working Groups and How You Can Engage

Posted by Thomas Ron, 02/11/2015

Hello everyone,

So, as you all know we now have a full house of Department Reps.  However, over the summer it was apparent that many departments did not know what set Department Reps apart from Course Reps.   Department Reps are expected to work on university policy as well and have a wider remit than Course Reps to influence the goings-on in Heslington Hall.  Therefore, I felt that it was necessary to ensure this happened.

Given the ambitious and wide nature of the role of Academic Officer it is vital that these groups be varied and representative of the wider student populace.  Some of them are explitictly there to shadow some university committees, while others are made to focus on specific bits of Academic Policy.  These groups are being put up along with their membership, so if you have questions on this policy or wish to represent on it. please get in touch with them or me

Lecture Capture Working Group - This group seeks to inform and track the progress of lecture capture throughout the university.  It seeks to provide briefings on lecture capture and figure out which departments needs to roll out the opt-out system.  Additionally, it works to lobby the university to continue to extend the number of rooms with lecture capture and make the system stronger, trying to bring in video recording and proper subtitling.  Furthermore, it will seek to minimise the number of lecturers who choose to opt-out of the system so it can be as universal as possible.
The members of this group are:
Jonathan Miller
Frances Perrett
Jay Edevane
Scott Saunders
Matt Hodges
Mathieu Lohr
Faisal Hamza

Assessment and Feedback Working Group - This group seeks to improve York's Assessment and Feedback scores.  As a group it will examine the departments that have high scores and figure out the best practice for departments and lobby for other departments to take up this idea.  We will also be working with the e-learning tem to develop their Feedback Hub idea and make sure that it helps ensure students are getting the assessment and feedback they deserve.  
The members of this group are:
Jonathan Miller
Sorrel Needle
Peter Smith
Dom Smithies
Lucy Thompstone
Mimi O'Neill
Mathieu Lohr
Robin Cleary
Josh Stubbs
Sean Pullen

Supervision Working Group - This group works on ensuring that students get the best supervision possible, seeing what supervisors need to be at their best, as well as exploring exemplary supervisors and figuring out what makes them so good at their jobs. Key connections will be with Heads of Departments as well as Pete Quinn from Student Support Services.
The members of this group are:
Matt Hodges
Charlie Woodriff
Mayowa Ogunremi
Cait Scott
Mathieu Lohr
Marina Lewis

Engagement Working Group - This group works on building engagement in departments, seeing what lessons can be drawn from departments where there are high levels of lecturer-student engagement and strong academic societies. Therefore, this group will be exploring connections with Academic Societies, working with those who are not quite up to snuff and generally supporting the creation of a stronger Academic community.
The members of this group are:
Charlie Woodriff
Peter Smith
Ellen Thomas
Dom Smithies
Nathanael Young
Marina Lewis
David McDowell
Mimi O'Neill
Josh Stubbs

Spring Lane Working Group - This group will be working on setting out what students want to see in the new Spring Lane building which is planned to open next Academic Year.  As a group we will look at innovative new ways to make the building (and campus) as nice and welcoming as possible.  
The members of this group are:
Charlotte Alford
Lucy Thompstone
Robin Cleary

Library Committee Working Group - This group seeks to engage with the library and also sits on the main Library Committee along with myself to make sure the library is working at its best.
The members of this group are
Lydia Bonnefoy-Jenkinson
Cait Scott
Holly Clarke

Standing Committee on Assessment Working Group - This group is there to shadow the Standing Committee on Assessment in its job. Therefore, this committee will be discussing university exam policy, such as mitigating circumstances, how to proceed when mistakes are spotted, what can be done when paper setters are not contactable, and how the university compensates failing grades. Key connections will be members of the Standing Committee on Assessment, particularly their chair, Steve King.
The members of this group are:
Marina Lewis
Robin Cleary
Charlotte Alford
Nathanael Young
Frances Perrett
Brian Cheng
David McDowell
Valentina Vivirito
Mimi O'Neill
Andrew Dennis

Coordinating Group on Supplementary Programmes Working Group - This group shadows the Coordinating Group on Supplementary Programmes in its job.  Therefore it will discuss programmes like LFA, CELT, CLL and other supplementary programmes the university runs and figure out how to get the most out of it.  It will work with the major stakeholders to ensure these programmes are working at their best.
The members are:
Peter Smith
Selina Pope
Scott Saunders

Student Compact Working Group -  This group works on the student compact that is being promoted in the new York Pedagogy. The university wishes to create a partnership agreement with all new students, where students and the uni will make commitments to each other. This is quite important and we can have a very large input on this given that without our consent this cannot happen. Key connections will be John Robinson and other staff members who will be involved
The members of this group are:
Charlie Woodriff
Josh Stubbs
Matt Hodges
Lucy Thompstone
Sean Pullen
Brian Cheng
Holly Clarke

Attendence Monitoring Working Group -  this group will work on the new attendance monitoring policy the university is drafting. This policy is to deal with the inconsistent and sporadic way that the university monitors attendance (with the decision-making largely delegated to departments). The university wishes to set up some guidelines and I feel it is important students are represented. Key connections will be Tracey Lightfoot, chair of the group
The members of this group are
Jonathan Miller
Valentina Vivirito
Faisal Hamza
Brian Cheng

Employability Working Group - This group seeks to improve York's relatively poor DELHE Scores and find out how we can be a strong university that sends students to the top jobs and prepare our students for the world ahead.  Employability should be put into the curriculum at every level and this group will look to see how this can happen.
Members of this group are:
Frances Perrett
Mayowa Ogunremi
Lydia Bonnefoy-Jenkinson
Valentina Vivirito
Cait Scott
Scott Saunders

Why is my Curriculum White Working Group - This group seeks to support our BME officers Liz and Tamaki in their campaign to bring more diversity in the curriculum.  It seeks to ensure that there is more material that we are reading and studying that is not written by white men.  
Members of this group include
Elizabeth Ogyeni
Tamaki Miyawaki
Dom Smithies
Jay Edevane
Holly Clarke
Mayowa Ogunremi
Matt Hodges
Ellen Thomas