University of Salford
Faculty of Health & Social Care
School of Community, Health Sciences and Social Care
STAFF/STUDENT COMMITTEE MINUTES
Minutes/Actions of Meeting held on 29th April 2009
PRESENT: NAME POSITION/STATUS
Karen Kniveton Senior Lecturer, Chair of SSC
Dr Ruth Wright Head of School (CHSSC)
Julie Jones Director of Public Health & Community Studies
Rita Haworth Associate Director Public Health & Community Studies
Jill Murphy Staff - CHSSC
Margaret Ashurst Staff - School Programme Administrator
Danai Ngangira Student Liaison Representative - Psychology/Criminology Yr 1
Julie Davidson Student Representative – Social Policy Level 1
Jagruiti Parekh Student Representative - CMHS
Demelza Young Student Representative - CMHS
Tom Taylor ILS Staff
Daniel Gillard Student Representative – MA Social Work Year 1 (Part Time)
Rita Haworth Staff – Senior Lecturer
APOLOGIES Bernard Melling Staff – Lecturer
Vee Howard-Jones Staff – Lecturer
Morna Rivers Staff – Lecturer
David Race Staff – Lecturer
Angela Olsen Staff – Lecturer
Dupe Akinrinmade Student – BA Social Work Level 2 Full Time
Annette Rimmer Staff – Lecturer
Ruth Dave Student – Joint Programme
Carole Haines Staff – Lecturer
Kimberley Neal Student Union Liaison Officer
09.04.01 Karen Kniveton (Chair) welcomed all to the final Staff/Student Committee meeting of the 2008-9.
APOLOGIES Karen Agnew (Secretary) informed the meeting there had been apologies, however she did not have
& these available and would list them in the minutes.
09.04.02 Karen Kniveton informed the meeting that the minutes from the last meeting on 4/2/09 had been
MINUTES circulated and confirmed as correct.
09.04.03 Matters arising from the last meeting on 4/2/09 would be dealt with at this meeting and detailed below:
09.03.04 Cash Machine Report No Actions
There was little that could be done regarding this issue as
the Students Union are tied into a contract until 2010. COMPLETE
09.03.05 Timetabling The University has listened to students
Students had previously raised concerns about timetabling. feedback and has put systems in place to
publish timetables earlier for the next
Student Representatives from some of
the programmes within the School had
completed petitions with regards to
timetables and it was agreed that these
would be handed to the Schools Liaison
Representative, Danai Ngangira, to
09.03.06.01 Report from TCMA Student Representative No further actions
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The assignment hand-in issue was being addressed and it
was confirmed that a schedule would be produced which COMPLETE
would accommodate students better and this would be in
place for the next academic year.
09.03.06.02 Report from TCMA Student Representative Chris Thorp Head of School has now met with TCMA
Students aired concerns that they were not being up-dated students to outline the School’s position.
on the potential closure of the TCM programme.
09.03.07 National Student Survey Report (NSS) – Karen Karen Kniveton Karen Kniveton gave a number of
Kniveton presentations on the National Student
Kimberley Neal outlined the history of the report on behalf Survey
of Karen Kniveton. Results were published in August this
year and were aimed at 3 year or final year student’s Karen talked about setting up focus
experiences. Kimberley did not feel that the outcome of groups and would to liaise with student
the report gave a representative view of all students. representatives.
Sabbatical Officers will be Faculty based and the School’s
officer is Matt Webber. Students Union will be working ON GOING
closely with Sabbatical Officers to look at addressing any
Kimberley encouraged Student Representatives to contact
her regarding training.
Karen Kniveton continued on and informed the meeting
that she was working on outcomes towards making
improvements to this report for future. Karen would like to
work with Sabbatical Officers and all information is based
on the student experience.
Karen suggested that focus groups be set up to address
specific issues, and Karen would also like to contact
09.03.08 Electronic Assignment submission Pilot School staff The School will be working with the
The School took part in a University-wide pilot in Semester University Centre to develop electronic
One and the University is currently re-visiting the pilot. submission.
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09.03.09 1 Year Social Work Reps. Karen Agnew Carry forward to Campus User group/ ILS
Student reps reported general issues around car parking,
catering and IT/Library. If student representatives can give
specifics about the issues, then Karen
Issues regarding copies of books for studies and Danai will be able to take these
forward to Campus User Group.
09.03.10 Student Initiative Groups Kay Hurlston Dharman attended this meeting and his
It was felt that the E&D co-ordinators should be invited to report is under Agenda Item number 7.
the next meeting to look at how student groups were Equalities & Diversity.
convened in the past and the best way to take any groups
Examples: - ON GOING
09.03.11 Community Development Work Programme Kay Hurlston It was agreed that these concerned
(CDW) should be raised with Ruth Wright (HOS)
A discussion took place around the closure of the CDW
programme. A number of students present and student COMPLETE
emails raised concerns.
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09.04.04 This agenda item is given over to Student Representative Reports from around the table as follows:
09.04.04.01 Student Representative for the MA Social No Actions needed
Work (Part Time)
Student Representative reported that there
was good feedback from this cohort of
students and there were no items to report.
09.04.04.02 Student Representative for the BA Social No Actions needed
Work (Full time) Level 1
Student Representative reported that things
were very quiet at present and that there
were no major issues to report. Many of the
social work students were now on their
placement and away from the teaching
activities on the campus.
09.04.04.03 Student Representative for the BSC Karen Reported to Campus User Group and this
Psychology Agnew/Danai is being addressed by Estates.
Student Representative reported that the Ngangira
room temperatures in Mary Seacole were
erratic and sometimes too hot or too cold.
09.04.04.04 Student Representative for the Comp Karen Confirmed that hand in times, Intranet, etc.
Med & Hlth Stds Kniveton were going to be looked at over the next
Student Representative reported that few months.
students tried to hand in assignments earlier
than scheduled but were not allowed to do Margaret Ashurst also assured students
so. that this issue would be addressed in time
for their next academic year.
09.04.04.05 Student Representative for the BA Social As the Programme Leader wasn’t present,
Work Karen Kniveton addressed the meeting
Student Representative was unavailable for with student’s issues.
the meeting and sent reports from the
cohort as follows: Programme Leader had been informed
about these issues but was unable to
1. Guidance would be beneficial from tutors resolve all of them prior to the meeting.
teaching the adult pathway. There was
conflict on the marking criteria for the Adults 1. Jill Murphy brought the criteria for the
pathway, and extensive criteria for the Children & Families to the meeting and
Children & Families pathway made it difficult handed it around for student
to elaborate on points. representatives present to look at.
2. Seminar tutors on the Mental Health 2. Programme Leader to comment
pathway were not permanent.
3. Chopping and changing on timetables 3. Programme Leader to comment
has made students feel as though they are
not getting value for money and student
representative was concerned that students
may be absent because of this.
4. Students are being given incorrect 4. Programme Leader to comment
information about modules by the seminar
leader, eg. Told that the assignment for the
IPP module is a 3000 word essay when this
is incorrect. Several students in the group
were unhappy with seminar leader’s ability
to support students when they were not
being given the correct up to date
information on current module.
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09.04.04.06 STAFF RESPONSES TO STUDENT No Actions
Rita Haworth thanked the student
representative for Social Policy for gathering
information regarding timetabling, and for
their support throughout the academic year.
09.04.05 NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY Karen Focus Groups are being held. The
The School is taking action to “enhance the Kniveton purpose is to find out more about the
student experience”. student experience (what’s hot and what’s
not). Anyone wanting to take part in a
focus group should contact Jayne
Langlands. A report of the findings will be
presented at Staff/Student Committee in
the new academic year.
09.04.06 EQUALITY & DIVERSITY Dharman Dharman to keep students and staff up to
Dharman Jeyasingham gave background on Jeysingham date on what the developments are.
student support groups.
These were groups set up in the early Dharman has asked to be contacted and
1990’s who felt they were in a minority his email address is:
situation and needed support. The groups
were primarily Gay & Lesbian, Black & email@example.com
Asian, Womens, and Mens. However,
students began to attend these groups less
and less. The School reviewed the way ON GOING
groups were run and consulted with staff
and students about their expectations from
them. It was also expected that there would
be forums, rather than groups.
Dharman asked that his email address go
onto these minutes and also the Newsletter
for students to contact him regarding
equality and diversity issues.
Daniel Gillard (Student Representative –
MA Social Work Part Time) reported that his
cohort would welcome any information
about forming the forums.
Danai Ngangira (Student Representative –
Psychology) felt that there were links with
Black and Asian groups but that the
boundaries were not set in stone.
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09.04.06 STUDENT NEWSLETTER The Editorial Board agreed that they would
Daniel Gillard gave feedback from the need to meet regularly to develop the
Editorial Board which had been formed after newsletter.
the last Staff Student Committee.
Karen Agnew would be in touch with dates
The Editorial Board discussed ways in for the Board to meet.
which the Student Newsletter could be more
informative and interactive with information
and topics presented in it, ie. alumni, tip of
the day, updating your CV.
Rita Haworth commented that there are
PDP facilitators for the School of which she
is one of. The PDP facilitators run sessions
on developing your CV, aimed at 2 years,
and dates for these sessions were available
from Rachel Connel.
The Board also discussed the title of the
newsletter and whether a more “catchy
“name could be thought up.
It was agreed that choosing the name of the
Newsletter could go out to all students and
a prize given to the name chosen. Dr Ruth
Wright agreed that a prize of printer credit
would be supported by the School.
09.04.07 No further meetings had been scheduled for Karen Agnew Karen will inform all student
DATE OF this academic year. representatives of this information via
NEXT As soon as the next meeting dates were Blackboard.
MEETING available staff and students would be
Further dates for meetings of the Editorial
Board were expected to be circulated soon.
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