Learner Voice - It's Your Shout
At Sussex Coast College Hastings we value your input.
There are many ways to get involved with Student Voice at Sussex Coast College and we encourage as many students as possible to as your views are crucial to the college’s development. This isn’t tokenistic at all and your views do make a real difference to the college. On average, 90% of your feedback is dealt with or responded to by the following term*.
Here is a copy of the Student Voice Annual Participation Plan. The annual plan is a calendar that establishes the procedures used to gather feedback from students. It includes Forums, Walks and Talks, student surveys and meetings with SLT. It runs from September to June of an academic year.
Course Reps attend focus groups where they can express their views in order to improve the college. Anyone has the opportunity to become a Course Rep. Reps will be elected at the start of the year by their fellow classmates.
Throughout the academic year, there are four Curriculum Forums and three Cross-College Forums. Curriculum forums are chaired by the relevant Head of Faculty and/or Learning Standards Manager. They focus on collecting feedback about individual courses but can include more general issues like facilities. Cross-College Forums are chaired by the Deputy Principal and the Student President. They gather feedback on all college matters including the quality of learning, assessment and teaching.
Walks and Talks
The Student President and Students’ Union Officers will walk around the College talking to students that they meet on their way. This is to gauge student satisfaction and hear any issues or positive feedback that may not have been raised at forums. They occur four times a year at all three campuses and are a great way to get feedback that students may not feel comfortable disclosing at formal meetings. Furthermore, Walk and Talks offer a chance for all students to give feedback as only Course Reps attend forums.
Student surgeries are an opportunity for any student to discuss specific areas of the student experience and external issues affecting them or their colleagues. They can occur up to once a month and are themed.
Student Conference is an annual event that is run by the Students’ Union and the Student Engagement Team. It is a whole day event that includes SLT Question Time where Course Reps get the chance to ask the Senior Leadership Team a question about the college.
What is the Students’ Union?
Run by the students for the students, the Students’ Union independently and proactively brings about change and improvement to the student experience at College. Here is a quick 5 minute guide about what the Students’ Union does.
All Sussex Coast College Hastings students automatically become members of the Students’ Union when they enrol on a course, if you would rather opt out of membership please contact the Student President.
*Of 45 issues raised between September to December 2014, 41 were resolved or had been given a response by February 2014