The Department of Media and Communications has a Student/Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC), which comprises two representatives, known as 'reps', from each of the MSc programmes. The Committee meets once a term and provides a forum for students to voice their views about their programmes, and to make suggestions on issues that may affect the student body as a whole.
Each SSLC meeting lasts for around two hours and representatives are expected to canvas the views of their fellow students in advance. We can discuss any issues which are of interest or concern to you during your studies at LSE. Some of the issues which have come up for discussion in the past are: student participation in website content; provision of kettle in common room, printed coursepacks; networking and social events; feedback on essays.
Names and contact details of student representatives, together with agendas and minutes of SSLC meetings will be published on the department's Moodle (intranet) pages.
It is important that programme representatives are elected as early in the Michaelmas Term as possible. These representatives will then elect one person to represent them on the Taught Graduate Students' Forum, convened by the Dean of the Graduate School, the first meeting of which is normally in early November of each year.
The SSLC should represent the views and experiences of all students on the programme, and we encourage all students to consider putting themselves forward for this. Even if you haven't been a student rep at your previous university, now might be the time to take on this role.
Meet our Student Reps from 2012/13
MSc Media and Communications
(and Research Track)
“It was indeed a very rewarding experience to be the student representative of Media and Communications regular and research track. Our program director and my fellow representative Monika are amazing people to work with. A big part of the representative job is to include more students into our events, both academic and social and to be the voice of them in the department. Having such an international group of students is, in my opinion, the most exciting and tricky part of the representative job. For me, being the student representative is like taking on something outside my comfort zone, yet it has gained me many incredible friends and unforgettable memories in London.
MSc Media, Communication and Development
“I love talking to people and knowing their stories and being readily available to help someone. I think these were the primary reasons why I chose to become a student representative. The great part of being a student representative is that you get to know each person of the class and build a special bond with them. What I also found exciting was the idea of voicing the opinions of my colleagues. Being a student representative is an excellent opportunity to learn some valuable things about others and yourself.”
“I really enjoyed my position as Student Representative for the program. It was highly rewarding and gave me the opportunity to become close to both professors and fellow classmates. This leadership role allowed me to develop professionally by allowing me to influence decisions and make positive changes for my program and the LSE.
"I came to LSE in pursuit of academic knowledge, yet, I am leaving feeling a more holistic form of development. Aside from increased academic prowess, I have gained several transferable skills thanks to my position as a class representative. My communication, PR and problem solving skills were further honed as I interacted with colleagues to collectively identify issues and solutions which were then offered back to the department. Additionally, I was also exposed to the activities of the department from a staff point of view including rule structuring and policies."
MSc Global Media and Communications with Fudan
“Representing the students of the Fudan track was a great experience. It proved to be a great opportunity to get to know everyone on a personal level—admittedly this was facilitated by the small size of the program. I decided early on that one my duties would be to foster a sense of community in the program. I am thankful that, for the most part, this was a successful endeavor. Organizing and attending Fudan-group social events, dinners and parties proved to be a great way to connect with my fellow students. These also produced some of my most cherished memories from my year at LSE.
MSc Media and Communications Governance
“Being a Student Rep made me appreciate being a part of a community of very committed people. It made me reflect on every little decision we make as students during the year, and how these contribute to building our relationship with the department of Media and Communication and with the School.
MSc Global Media and Communications with USC
"Being a student representative was a really rewarding experience. I got to know many of my colleagues far better than I would have through classes alone, and the same goes for relationships built with professors and lecturers. Having an inside look at how the department runs, what factors affect key decisions and how the department responds to student concerns and suggestions made me appreciate the LSE -- and the media department -- on a whole new level. I will always look back at my time in London as a rewarding and warm experience (despite the weather!). Plus, being a rep ensured I never missed any fun social events!
"LSE offered me the tool to critically engage and analyze our world that has become increasingly cosmopolitan and global at the same time, and to understand the media's central but dynamic role in mediating the realities of this world as well as encouraging and enabling multiple voices on the global stage."
MSc Politics and Communication
"Being a student representative enables you to take on a significant and important responsibility for your peers. Over the past year, we discussed issues, clarified departmental policies for students, and were able to help address concerns by students in my programme. Most significantly, the committee last year played an important role in advising on the implementation of new LSE guidelines on the publication of post-course student survey results. And of course, being a representative allows you to form a stronger bond with your department's faculty and lecturers than you would otherwise!"