Students sit on committees at all levels of the institution, shaping education policy and contributing to decision-making.
At a local level, Student Academic Representatives Co-Chair Staff-Student Consultative Committees (SSCCs) and sit on Departmental and Faculty Teaching Committees.
At an institutional level, students are members of a number of committees including:
- Professional Services Committees
- Education Committee
- Student Experience Committee
- Academic Board.
To enable students to contribute to committees in meaningful ways, it’s vital that they have the opportunity to learn about the context of the meeting and the purpose. A pre-meeting to discuss the Terms of Reference can be a useful starting point.
Incorporating an overview of the function of departmental committees into a training session for Lead Department Representatives, in Term 1 can also help set a collaborative tone and make meetings, such as SSCC, as effective and action-focused as possible.
There are a number of resources which can help:
- Student Academic Representation Resources for Staff by the Students’ Union UCL
- Guide to running SSCC meetings remotely
- Making students feel their voices are being heard: changing staff-student committee meetings (case study)