At UCL, we want students to take an active role in the UCL community. Your feedback, creativity and expertise are crucial and by working in partnership we can create a better university experience for all.
There are a number of different ways you can make sure your voice is heard both in the department and across UCL. In Mathematics, we use Unitu to provide an online space where students, Academic Representatives and staff can collectively raise, discuss and resolve both academic and more general issues.
Unitu is a platform that students can use to raise issues, ideas, concerns, or other matters for discussion with their peers, to their Academic Representatives (see sections below) and to the department. It provides a real-time discussion board for students to contribute, discuss, and vote on matters they wish to be escalated to the department for attention.
In the first instance, contributions and discussions take place in a private section of Unitu that can only be accessed by other mathematics students, including the Academic Representatives. Students can also choose to participate anonymously if they wish, and are encouraged to contribute constructively so that if/when those discussions are moved to the public section, the key departmental staff can understand in more detail about the nature of the issue and how we can proceed.
This enables the department to consider and respond promptly to address these, and for students to see the decisions and actions that have been taken in a transparent way.
Unitu can be accessed online or via the Unitu App.
- Academic Representatives
Academic Representatives are students who are elected to represent the voices of the other students in the department, and work with staff members to ensure that feedback is acted on. They are one of the key ways in which UCL and the Students’ Union aim to facilitate students’ engagement with their educational experience.
The appointment of Academic Representatives takes place during the first few weeks of the first term. Students are encouraged to nominate themselves and vote for each other in an election process that will take place via Unitu.
Academic Reps will play a key role in representing the student voice of the department on Unitu, where they will be responsible for monitoring the issues and resulting discussions, and deciding when issues should be escalated to the department to respond to.
Reps also represent students at the Staff-Student Consultative Committee (SSCC), which are meetings that take place termly. For more information about the SSCC, please see the section below.
The successful Reps will receive training, both from the Student’s Union and from the department regarding Unitu, in how to they can best help to represent the student voice in departmental decision-making.
Further information can also be found on the Students’ Union UCL webpages.
- Who are my Academic Representatives?
Students are asked to nominate themselves in the election which will take place in the first few weeks of the academic year. The Academic Reps for 2020-2021 are:
- Michael Bakalov - BSc Mathematics
- Yuchen Cheng - BSc Mathematics with Economics
- Anda-Raluca Epure - MSci Mathematics with Economics
- Ivan Majic - MSci Mathematics
- Charmi Saujani - MSci Mathematics and Statistical Science
- Laura Sanchez Perez - BSc Mathematics with Economics
- Jounghyun Shim - MSci Mathematics
- Joy Cheng - BSc Mathematics
- Amin Sabir - MSci Mathematics
- Nikolai Juraschko - MSci Mathematics
- Antonio D'Alfonso Del Sordo - MSci Mathematics and Physics, and Mathematics Lead Rep for 2020/21
- Elisa Chinigo - (MSc Mathematical Modelling)
- Staff-Student Consultative Committees (SSCCs)
The SSCC is a dedicated forum for staff and students to discuss particular issues. The SSCC typically meets termly, and presents an opportunity for Academic Reps and staff members to work together to develop solutions to students’ concerns, and prioritise areas for improvement. Usually, discussion will cover issues raised by students, as well as areas in which staff wish to seek student input. Such discussions can be used to highlight or respond to topics already raised by individuals via Unitu.
Where appropriate, points raised at the SSCC are often passed on to the Departmental Teaching Committee (DTC) for academic members of staff to consider.
- SEQs (Module Student Evaluation Questionnaires)
Students are asked at the end of each term to fill in an anonymous questionnaire on their assessment of each module. The forms will be analysed and considered by the Head of Department, the Departmental Teaching Committee (DTC), and academic staff members. Results are usually published later on, and help us to gauge where specific modules are succeeding, and what elements require improvement.
UCL takes part in the National Student Survey every year, and the college also runs several surveys of its own at various times throughout your education, including the New to UCL Survey, and Student Experience Survey. This allows students to take an active role in the development of the UCL community as a whole. For more information, see You Shape UCL.
If you have a complaint or wish to appeal against a decision relating to your academic progress, exams, etc, you should in the first place discuss this informally with the Departmental Tutor. If after this you wish to pursue it formally, please refer to the Academic Manual regarding procedures and rules.