Each year, Department Reps (formerly DSCs) work in small teams to research seven different areas of student experience. Reps are current Goldsmiths students, appointed each year to collect and act on your feedback, helping to improve academic life for all.
The results of this research will then form the basis of seven reports, written with actionable recommendations, that are presented to colleagues from across Goldsmiths, including the Warden and members of College senior management.
The topics that will be explored this year are:
- Diversity and the student and staff body, including the black attainment gap.
- Transparency, including how decisions are made and how money is spent in the institution.
- Student feedback and how it is responded to, including the efficacy of module evaluations and student-staff forums.
- The experience of international students and student parents.
- How students are communicated with by their departments, the Students’ Union and the College.
- Campus space: are the needs of students being met?
- Wellbeing and mental health.
Last year’s research lead to lots of changes across the College, including a separation of student service access points, more social study space during exam time, an increase in the range of training offered to staff, and a planned revamp of the virtual learning environment (VLE).
Department Reps will soon begin work on the research that feeds into each of the reports, and all Goldsmiths students will be invited to participate and offer their views.
This year’s reports will be published in March 2018. If you would like an invite to the presentations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.