A NEW campaign is highlighting the growing power of students over their own education.
The You Said, We Did campaign launched today (January 18) flags up dozens of improvements to the running of Manchester Metropolitan instigated by students themselves.
“Listening to students is something universities have not been too good at in the past, but here at Manchester Met we see a partnership with students as key to targeting resources where they are most valued,” says Professor Kevin Bonnett, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience.
Requests for equipment, better access to facilities like computers and libraries and better communication with lecturers have been channelled through course representatives and Student Voice.
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Messages about how these requests have been turned into positive action will be communicated across the University from today on plasma screens, posters, through WebCT and the Student Portal and face-to-face via student reps and lecturers.
All eight faculties are communicating changes. For example:
In the Faculty of Art & Design: ‘You said you wanted more photographic equipment, we’ve spent £57,000 on more kit’.
In Science and Engineering: ‘You said staff could be difficult to contact, we’ve made sure all tutors will be available for 3 hours a week.’
In Cheshire: ‘You said you wanted 24/7 computers. We’ve provided it.’
At the Business School: ‘You said you wanted quicker feedback on assignments. We’ll hand your marked work back to you in class.’
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At the Institute of Education: ‘You said you wanted better access to the Creative Resource Centre. We’ve extended the opening hours.’
In Humanities: ‘You said you wanted urgent updates on lecture changes. We’ll text you immediately.’
In Health, Psychology and Social Care: ‘You said you wanted more podcasts. We’ve provided them.’
At Hollings: ‘You said you wanted more PCs with higher specs. We’re upgrading the IT drop-in centre.’
Students can contribute to their own changes at MMU by contacting their course representative or faculty Student Voice officer.