SSLG – Why Should You Care?

Some of you may or may not already know about the SSLG (Staff Student Liason Group/Committee) that runs within faculties at UEA. More likely, some of you may not even care to want to know what it is or what it aims to achieve, but I’m here to explain why it’s something you should definitely be more aware of.

In summary, every school within UEA will have an individual SSLG committee. I am part of BIO, and I stand as representative from my Biological Sciences course as a first year. As a student representative, it’s my role to ensure that I am expressing any complaints or praises specifically about the course from fellow students to the SSLG in order for it to be actioned upon if appropriate. Most committee’s will elect a student chair, who stands as a representative for the school. I am currently appointed chair elect, meaning I am kind of a deputy chair this year, moving into chair next year for BIO. We are trying this out for some continuity. So for anyone in BIO reading this, you know who I am!

It’s important that you know who your representative for your course is, as this is often the most comfortable way to pass on complaints for students as they are carried forward anonymously (if you choose to be) through the rep. It may be the case that your course does not have a rep yet, if so I strongly encourage you to put yourself forward! As well as being a great thing to put on your CV, it’s really important to take an active part in your learning and know that changes are being made.

Student representation structure.

Student representation structure.

I’ve borrowed this illustration from the Student Representation Code of Practise, just to show you how the hierarchy of student representation flows within the university. Whilst the SSLG is student led, the clue is in the name that there are some staff members who aid the discussions and offer another view to some issues if needed.

Flow from SSLG to LTC

Flow from SSLC to LTC

On a much larger scale, this illustration (also taken from the code of practise) shows the flow of feedback through the entirety of the university. It’s important to be aware of this so you know how things are dealt with and by whom.

Even if you don’t get the opportunity to be a part of the SSLG directly, it’s important to know your value as a student on your course. Every student is a representative in their own right, as shown on the first image. This system can only work with your feedback (positive and negative) so it’s always important to put forward anything you may feel is worth while to your course rep!

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