Speaking Up

Recently, a group of classmates and I found that we had some issues with the way one of our modules was running. For a while, we spoke amongst ourselves and discussed our concerns in private, until recently when we met with one of our tutors to talk things through. Now, discussions are underway to run an iron over the worries we have, and perhaps make changes where need be.

There is something to be said for communication between students and their tutors, and it is a power that, for the most part, goes untapped. All too often students think they are powerless when they find an area of their studies lacking, and simply endure, while there exist a plethora of ways for students to inspire change in their modules, their department, and even their school.

On a personal level, the easiest thing to do is to contact your adviser of studies. You will have been assigned one at the beginning of your first ever semester and asked to meet with them within the first couple of weeks of class. If you’re like the majority of students, it’s very likely you won’t have paid them a visit since, though they are your direct line into the academic system. If you have forgotten who your adviser is, and fancy giving them a visit, they can be found on the ‘Student Profile’ tab on eVision.

Class reps are a further link between yourself and your school. You might have noticed emails in your inbox from school presidents, and often these emails will include details of drop-in sessions to discuss any queries you have regarding your studies. Class reps are also required to attend a series of meetings with each other and staff from your department to raise any issues brought to them. The information on your representatives are buried quite deep in the system, but you can find them by first clicking on your school under the ‘Organisations’ section on the right-hand side of MyDundee. Choose ‘Undergraduate/Postgraduate Info’ and scroll to the folder ‘Student Representation.’

The final route is the one my class went down: approach a tutor directly. This is particularly helpful if there are a number of you with similar concerns, and makes for an effective group-therapy session. It doesn’t need to be an interrogation either, but a chat over a cup of tea.
There is no need to worry about things in silence. Tutors and advisers are there to listen and cooperate to help you through your degree smoothly, and the only way to make a change is to speak up.

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