QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST
SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY
Meeting of the Staff Student Consultative Committee held on Wednesday 6th October
2010 at 1.30pm in MBC 104
Ms Mary McCartney Head of Unit, Student Support
Ms Ann Michail Programme Co-ordinator, Feb 09 Adult
Andrew Lee Chair, Sept 08 Adult Branch
Sheila O’Neill Sept 08, Mental Health Branch
Monica McCard Sept 09 Adult Branch
Ms Marianne Moutray, Director of Education
Ms Brenda Allen, Nursing Librarian
Mr Paddy Haughian, Computer Officer
Ms Clare Watson
Pat McCollum, Programme Co-ordinator, CFP Feb intakes
Claire Buchner, Head of Unit, Adult Sept intakes
Karen Murray, Head of Unit, Pre-Reg Midwifery
Heather McKee, Programme Co-ordinator, Sept 09 Child Branch
Peter Griffin, Programme Co-ordinator, Feb 09 LD Branch
Linda McCrea, Head of Unit, Adult Sept intakes
Lorna Liggett, Head of Unit, Child Branch
Susan Carlisle, Programme Co-ordinator CFP Sept intakes
Eamonn Flanagan, Programme Co-ordinator Feb 08 LD Branch
Maura Collins, Sept 08 MH
Gerard Casey, Feb 08 PT Diploma
Neil Burns, Feb 09 Adult
Lynne Robinson, Sept 08 Children’s Advanced Standing
Ryan Muldoon, Feb 09 Adult
Marie Murray, Sept 09 Children’s
Ciara Crozier, Sept 09 Children’s
Gemma McAlinney, Nov 09 Midwifery
Patricia Diamond, Sept 07 Midwifery
Joanna Bell, Sept 09 Children’s Advanced Standing
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting. The SSCC requires a co-chair.
There were not sufficient students present at the meeting to agree a co-chair.
Notification to go on share point seeking expressions of interest in this role. The
co-chair will be agreed at the next meeting.
Action: Clare Watson
Marianne Moutray, Director of Education attended today’s meeting and stressed
the importance of the Staff Student Consultative Committee; it gives staff and
students the opportunity to influence change, and so it is vital that all
representatives attend the meetings. She also commented on this year’s poor
response to the National Student Survey (NSS); a 47% response rate was
recorded. An NSS for 3rd Year students will open in January 2011 and Ms
Moutray asked the student reps to encourage their peers to engage and take part
Action: Marianne Moutray to meet with student representatives Andrew
Lee, Sheila O’Neill and Monica McCard to discuss issues surrounding
SSCC, and how to encourage more students to engage with the committee.
Paddy Haughian, Computer Officer demonstrated Sharepoint, a web based
internal website. Staff and student members of the SSCC will be given access to
this, and must regularly check it for announcements, agendas, minutes. Mary
McCartney asked if an automatic email could be sent to staff and students when
a document/announcement is added to the site. While this may lead to a very
high number of emails, it was decided that this should be put into place for a trial
Action: Staff and students to be given access to Sharepoint. Paddy
Haughian to attend next SSCC meeting.
2. Library Issues – Brenda Allen, Nursing Librarian
Brenda announced that the Biomedical Library is now fully functioning again, and
asked for tutorial groups to be reminded to keep noise levels down.
There is now a self-issue/self-return machine at the issuing desk; students are
encouraged to make use of this. Now, when a student reserves a book, they
should look on the shelf opposite the issuing desk, find their book (which will
have the student’s details attached), and bring it to the self-issue machine. Once
the ‘finish’ button is pressed, a receipt with the book’s title and return date will be
printed. Brenda reminded students to regularly check their emails to ensure
books are not overdue.
The Medical Library will be opening in the Royal Victoria Hospital on the 1st
November 2010. Brenda noted that this library is under-used and so it’s opening
will be well publicized.
Action: Brenda Allen to be given access to SSCC sharepoint.
3. Approval of minutes of the June 2010 meeting
The minutes from the previous meeting were approved.
4. Matters arising from previous minutes
Andrew Lee is currently organizing a number of students to form the Nursing
5. The Course
Assessment and Feedback
Mary McCartney again highlighted the fact that students are not availing of the
opportunity to get feedback on their work. The ‘Fuel Your Future’ booklet, which
includes information on feedback, was disseminated at the meeting and further
copies have been placed at the School of Nursing and Midwifery reception. This
also available on QOL.
Academic and Personal Tutor Support
Mary McCartney reminded students that they must have 6 ‘interactions’ with their
Personal Tutor each year; this includes emails, telephone calls, and meetings;
this is a good opportunity to discuss any issues the student may have.
6. Regulation Changes
Mary McCartney told students to be aware of the University’s General
Regulations. The document can be found online and a general knowledge of its
contents would be beneficial.
Action: Link to this document to be placed on Sharepoint
7. Pre-registration programme approvals: student input
Mary McCartney explained that a student from each branch is needed to
participate in this.
Action: Mary McCartney to ask Programme Co-ordinators to nominate
students for this.
8. Diary Dates
Programme Approvals – October 2011
As discussed above.
RCN Student’s Conference – 17 November 2010
This conference is aimed at 2nd and 3rd year students; more information from the
Royal College of Nursing will follow.
Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service – May 2011
Mary McCartney explained that a number of students will be chosen by the
school to represent Northern Ireland by taking part in a procession at
Westminster Abbey. Students will be notified by email.
9. NMC website
The NMC have updated their website, and as Mary McCartney demonstrated, it
is now much more accessible. The student page provides many excellent
resources on various subjects, including advice on safeguarding adults.
10. Any other business
Mary McCartney explained how this is an important aspect of the quality of the
nursing programme, and expressed disappointment at so few students showing
an interest. Deirdre Deery, Education and Skills Development, will be in the foyer
of the MBC on Wednesday 13th October, 12.00pm-1.30pm for an information
session on Degree Plus.
Training for SSCC student representatives
Andrew Lee is currently liaising with Student Union President Gareth McGreevy,
regarding training for students.
Meeting with 1st year students
Andrew Lee and Sheila O’Neill expressed interest in speaking to 1st year
students before their first clinical placement, to answer any questions/anxieties
they may have. Andrew agreed to liaise with Susan Carlisle to gain access to
the Septmeber 2010 tutorial groups.
Action: Andrew Lee
Sheila O’Neill mentioned the lack of computer facilities in the MBC and the
Elmwood Learning and Teaching Centre. She noted that computer rooms are
increasingly being used for teaching, with small groups taking up large computer
rooms. She asked if students can somehow check in advance to see where
computers are available.
Action: Mary McCartney
11. Financial advice and support for students
A lecture was provided for the September 2009 and February 2010 intakes by
Debbie Forsey student Financial adviser in the students union. Debbie agreed to
provide drop in sessions for students following discussions with the SSCC as to
the best way to offer students support. A list of dates will be notified to students
following this meeting. Debbie can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. All
students notified by email October 2010. Provision to be reviewed at December
2010 SSCC meeting
Action: Mary McCartney.
12. Date and time of next meeting
Provisional dates for future SSCC meetings are as follows:
Wednesday 8th December 2010
Wednesday 23rd March 2011
Thursday 23rd June 2011
Dates to be trawled and dates agreed to suit student timetables on sharepoint when all
staff have access.
Action: Clare Watson