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Kapilan Manu Neethi Cholan

Computing: Departmental Academic Representative

£9250 is a lot of money.
£31750 is also a lot of money.

As students, we are customers purchasing an education from one of the best universities in the world, and we deserve an academic experience that matches the (hefty) price tag.

For the past 3 years, as a Year Rep and subsequently Department Rep, I have been working to ensure that student feedback is taken into account when making major and minor decisions - ranging from the curriculum review to the refurbishment of labs to ensuring that student spaces are being used effectively.

While we've had several positive outcomes over the past few years, there are still areas in which we've struggled to make progress.

1. Examination marking processes are still rather opaque, and we need more transparency through the release of examiner's reports.

2. Coursework loads for certain courses continue to be too high, and SOLE feedback is often too late in the process for any remedial action be taken.

I will continue to push forward on these issues by working together with the faculty, learning from other departments in the college and understanding how we can move the needle forward.

With UCU strikes taking place and the new revised curriculum taking effect for incoming years, it's more important than ever that the student voice is heard at every level of decision making - from the department to the union to college as a whole.

And I hope I have your mandate to continue to be that voice.