4.4 Staff-Student Liaison Committees

The departmental tutor (DT), is responsible for arranging a termly meeting of the Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) for all students. Some departments such as Social Policy have a joint SSLC for all taught and research students.They are also responsible for overseeing the process of nominating/electing student representatives both to the departmental SSLC and to represent their department at the Undergraduate Students' Consultative Forum (USCF). Departments organise this differently (often depending on their size).

The DT, or other designated staff, are also responsible for arranging membership. Preferably this is through an election process, however, it may be necessary for appropriate staff to select students where elections are difficult (for example with first year students who do not know each other). The election/selection process should be completed by the end of week three of  Michaelmas Term and names and email addresses need to be sent to the Student Services Centre by the beginning of Week four.  All students should be aware of the opportunity to become programme representatives and the procedure should be publicised as widely and transparently as possible.

The SSLC meeting agenda should include opportunity for students to discuss all aspects of undergraduate teaching. There are a number of standing items that should be on the agenda.

Michaelmas Term:

  • the tems of reference, membership and Guidance for members and Chairs of SSLCs;
  • external examiner reports
  • discussion of completed UG annual programme monitoring forms;
  • orientation feedback;
  • update on proposals and effectiveness of programme and course changes;
  • use of feedback meetings/office hours;
  • NSS participation (for final year Undergratuate students);
  • International Student Barometer Survey (ISB) - when LSE has participated.
Lent Term 1:
  • mechanisms for feedback to students on work.
Lent Term 2:
  • students views on the programme - students should be invited to offer their views on their experience of teaching at the level of the programme. This feedback can be used as part of the evidence base for annual programme monitoring and for Academic and Student  Affairs Committee reviews of departments.
Other agenda items, as below, should be included at appropriate meetings:
  • new course/programme proposals;
  • proposals to modify a course/programme;
  • maximum class and seminar sizes;
  • TQARO course survey results (after assuring no risk to confidentiality).

Completing the 'feedback loop' is an important part of the DT's role in this context. Students will be more motivated to take part in SSLC if they can see the benefits of negotiated improvements. Issues discussed by SSLCs are referred to the USCF. It is therefore essential that the SSLC meetings are held well in advance of the advertised USCF meetings. The Secretary will get in touch

For formal guidance about Staff Student Liaison Committees see Appendix 7|.