Academic Update: Class Reps, Lecture Recordings and More


Your UCSA Executive had an intensive Induction from 16th – 18th February where members learnt essential tools and skills to perform their roles to the highest standard in 2021. We also met with key contacts from UC who outlined their roles.



The Executive who will represent you in the Colleges this year on all things academic have now all met their respective College Deans. The following people were also present at these meetings: UCSA’s Vice-President, UCSA’s Academic Coordinator, Te Akatoki’s Vice-President and Te Akatoki’s College Representative. We look forward to growing our relationship with Te Akatoki in the academic space. The College Representatives are now busy attending their March meetings and connecting in with their respective academic clubs.



During the first week of March, the first set of Advisory Group meetings for 2021 occurred. These groups are another mechanism for the UCSA to receive greater student feedback, as well as providing a pathway for students to highlight suggestions or topical issues. This year we have the Equity and Wellbeing Advisory Group, International Advisory Group, Postgraduate Advisory Group and the newly established Pasifika Advisory Group. This new group has been introduced in response to input from the 2020 Pasifika focus groups and will provide an opportunity to feed a greater Pasifika voice into the UCSA and UC.



UCSA will continue to represent you on the following UC academic groups: Academic Board, Academic Liaison Group, Academic Administration Committee, Learning and Teaching Committee, Postgraduate and Research committees, International Student Experience Working Group, Library Committee, College Meetings, College Learning and Teaching Committees, College Board of Studies, Internationalisation Committees, and more.



To date, a focus has been placed on growing Class Representative numbers and Nathan from the UCSA Advocacy and Welfare team has been taking this initial training.


We are also working to further roll-out the Postgraduate Communication Network after a successful pilot in the College of Engineering last year.


The UCSA will also continue to contribute towards current projects, including but not limited to: Aropapaki a process to improve the online design and build of UC courses, a Technology Enabled Teaching and Learning (LEARN) Review, a review of assessment and examinations policy, guidelines and regulations, Takere a four week on-campus course for Māori and Pasifika students focusing on the relationships, study skills and resilience needed for student success, the new academic integrity module, the operationalisation of the lecture capture policy and inputting on new programme and course proposals.


A further key project for the UCSA over 2021 will be advocating for consistent referencing across 100-level courses.  If you have experiences relating to this you would like to share, please contact me on the email below.



At the November Academic Board it was agreed to proceed with universal lecture recording.  However, the development of a policy and the finer details are yet to be worked out.  In the meantime, the DVC (Academic) Catherine Moran sent out a memo in early February to encourage all staff to record lectures where practicable.  The UCSA will be monitoring this informally to ensure that this is happening so if you are not getting access to lecture recordings, please reach out.



If you want to give feedback or talk about academic matters, you can contact me on UCSA Vice-President



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