SSLC reps play a crucial role in the running of the Department, by ensuring that student concerns are addressed and that students have a say in the running of their programme.
Typically, each MSc programme in the Department of Statistics will have one or more student representatives. Note that the 3 MSc Statistics programmes (Statistics, Financial Statistics and Social Statistics) are all covered by one SSLC. MSc Quantitative Methods for Risk Management and MSc Data Science have their own SSLCs.
The Department SSLC meetings for each programme take place twice a year - once in Michaelmas Term and once in Lent Term - and all students are encouraged to attend. These committees provide an important forum for feedback from students on their programme, as well as any other issues affecting the student cohort.
As a student rep, you are responsible for keeping in touch with your peers on your programme and feeding back any comments or concerns to the MSc Administrator or Programme Director.
The role of SSLC rep is crucial to effective quality assurance of courses and programmes in the School; and those chosen as SSLC rep will be given full training by the Students Union. As well as having the potential to increase your profile and confidence during your time at LSE, the role of SSLC rep is a great addition to your CV.
Generally, two reps are appointed per programme; one who will represent students at the departmental SSLC meetings, and a second rep who will attend the termly Taught Graduate Students’ Consultative Forum at School level.
Note that the above roles are interchangeable and students are free to rotate their roles (for example one rep may attend the departmental meeting in MT, then the Taught Forum in LT, and vice versa). It is not always necessary for reps from all programmes to attend the Taught Forum, so SSLC reps across programmes may agree amongst themselves who represents the Department at this Forum.
How to become a representative
The MSc Administrator will email students in the first few weeks of Michaelmas Term to ask for volunteers. In the event that several students express an interest in the role, the MSc Administrator will provide instructions to the interested students as to how they will be selected. In these cases, the final decision on who to elect will be made by the Programme Director and MSc Administrator for the programme in question.
How can I get in contact with my SSLC representative?
The names and email addresses of your SSLC representatives will be available on each programme’s Moodle page. Generally reps will also email their peer group early in MT to introduce themselves. Alternatively you can always contact Sarah McManus, MSc Administrator, who can give you the email addresses of your reps.