Hope you’re all having a great summer!
As it’s my first blog, before I get into it, I think I should properly introduce myself…. So, hi! I’m Taylor. I’m your Undergraduate Education Officer for 2022/23. That means I represent you on all things education – including everything from lectures and seminars to the library and Learning and Teaching Services (LTS). I’m here to help with any and all things education so please pop into the office or drop me an email if there’s anything you need – or even just to say hi! Make sure you’re also following my social media pages (including @undergraduate_ueasu on Instagram and Facebook) for updates on what I get up to this year. I’m determined to beat the other officer’s follower counts by the end of the year so make sure you get following!
But anyway, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into the blog. I think nearly every undergrad officer before me has written about timetables in their first blog – it’s basically part of the job description. But! Finally, I get to be the one who’s timetable blog is good news! I’m thrilled to say that your timetables should have started being released yesterday (10th August) and this will continue over August, way in advance of the new semester starting at the end of September.
An incredible amount of work has gone into making this happen over the last year and the university teams have done a great job getting these out to you this early – something that’s not been done before. Your SU worked with the university at every level of this project, including helping with the first review of what went wrong last year, to now sitting on the project board that has gotten us to where we are now. A lot of the credit goes to my predecessor Ivo for his hard work on this. This is a great example of how your officers and student’s union represents you on academic issues and pushes the university to make changes to your experience while studying here. This sort of thing is exactly what we’re here to do.
There are a couple of caveats to some of this. In some schools where a few issues have come up, the release is slightly delayed so if you don’t have it yet, please don’t panic. Most students will start receiving their timetables today and your schools and LTS should communicate with you when your timetable will be released to you. It’s also likely that these timetables will move around slightly as they are still draft. So, some rooms are likely to change between now and September so make sure to double check Timetabler before all your teaching sessions in September. If you need help with a problem with your timetable (i.e a clash or you’re struggling to access it) please contact the Student Information Zone, on The Street or via LiveChat (Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or by email email@example.com.
If you are seeing lots of other issues, please do get in touch with me, particularly if they are accessibility concerns relating to teaching sessions or rooms as this has been raised to me as a potential issue.
This is a huge win for everyone at UEA. Thank you to all the university staff who have made this possible. I’ll continue this work throughout this year (work on the 23/24 timetable has already begun!!) and I’ll keep pushing the university to iron out issues going forward. This isn’t the only thing I’ll be working on – there’s a lot more things happening already, and I can’t wait to share all that with you.
Have a great summer and I’ll see you all in September!