Petition for Staff Fair Pay

Hello everyone, the petition by the UCL Union for staff fair pay is still live. The petition calls for a fairer pay system that takes into account the inflation rate. Over the past academic year, staff earn 1% pay rise which is lesser than the year-on-year inflation rate.

The link can be found at http://uclu.org/forms/sign-petition-to-provost-stop-marking-boycott-by-supporting-fair-pay

Please spare a moment to read and sign the petition. Your signature will go a long way towards making this campaign a success.

Have a great Easter break! 🙂

UCLU Student Parents & Carers monthly meet-up

A gentle reminder that the student parent and carers monthly meet-up will be taking place tomorrow at 1pm. The venue of the event is at the Rehearsal Room on the 1st floor of the Bloomsbury Theatre building. More details of the event can be found here:

UCLU Student Parents & Carers monthly meet-up
1pm Thu 27 Mar
Rehearsal Room,
1st floor,
15 Gordon St

Are you a student who provides unpaid care for a child, family member or friend, or interested in getting advice on parenthood or caring alongside studying? If so come along to the new monthly lunch time meet on the last Thursday of every month! Whether to get advice, support, or talk about your experiences of being a parent or carer at UCL, come along! There will be some snacks and light refreshments. For more information, or for any queries, just email uclu-parents.carers@ucl.ac.uk

See you all tomorrow! 🙂

Exam timetable

A message from UCL Examinations Office regarding the release of exam timetables:

The examination timetable is currently being finalised and it is anticipated that this will be made available to students by the end of this term (28 March).

An email notification will be sent to students once their personal examination timetable is available to view via PORTICO.

UCL Education Conference

If you are free next Saturday, do consider going for the Education Conference happening at the UCL Institute of Child Health to have your say on the following topics:

– Feedback & assessment
– Anonymous marking and online assessment
– Proposed GPA system
– E-learning
And many more…

Otherwise, you can give your feedback by emailing Alex from UCLU at a.holley@ucl.ac.uk. You can also let me know if you have any comments

More information can be found at http://uclu.org/representation/education-conference

I have given some feedback on:

– Feedback:
-> Lack of feedback and ticks/crosses for assignments submitted online
-> No access to marked examination scripts
-> Assignments being returned at indefinite times

– GPA:
-> Under the current system, there is a large difference between 59% (2:2) and 60% (2:1)

– E-learning:
-> Writing on the board can prevent students watching lecturecast from seeing what has been written
-> Skype cast during tutorials
-> More part-time courses where most teaching is done online (vidcast)

Please get in touch with Alex or me at uclu.mpts-officer@ucl.ac.uk if you have more feedback!

Fair Pay for staff

Hi everyone, UCL Union is currently launching a petition regarding fair pay for staff.

If you are a UCL student, please spare a moment to read and sign the petition at http://uclu.org/forms/sign-petition-to-provost-stop-marking-boycott-by-supporting-fair-pay

Your signature will make a big difference in ensuring that the campaign succeed.

Timetabling Feedback

Many students, particularly mature and part-time students, face problems with their timetables. According to the feedback collated from mature and part-time students in December, below are among the most common issues facing students:

– Sudden change of lecture and tutorial timings
– Late release of lesson and examination timetables
– Part-time students encounter difficulty in attending lessons if the courses are conducted over a few whole days every month
– Examination timings are too close to each other (several back-to-back examinations), making it difficult to revise for examinations

If you encounter the aforementioned issues or have any other feedback, please get in touch at uclu-mpts.officer@ucl.ac.uk. The UCL Union will be meeting with the timetable vendor on 5th March so your concerns can be relayed to them during the session.

Thank you for your help! 🙂