Everything you need to know about the SSLC: Making meaningful changes to the student experience at WBS
18 November 2019
Vice-Chair of the Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC), Hassan Siddiqui, discusses what the SSLC is and the importance of the student voice at Warwick Business School.
First and foremost, let me introduce myself as this year’s the Vice-Chair for the WBS Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). During my first two years at WBS, I was also part of the SSLC as a course representative for BSc Accounting & Finance students. I decided to study BSc Accounting & Finance at Warwick Business School (WBS) because it combines two highly complementary yet different courses, allowing me to gain knowledge from both a financial and accounting perspective. I can continue to talk about why the BSc Accounting & Finance course is the best course at WBS but instead, I want to talk to you about the SSLC. In this blog, I want to explain what we do and hopefully encourage you to get involved.
What is the SSLC?
In a nutshell, the SSLC is exactly what it sounds like, a committee for students and staff to liaise with each other about the issues which affect students and bring about meaningful change to improve the student experience at WBS. It is the perfect opportunity for students to provide feedback to staff. We appreciate that each year students from different courses face different issues and therefore we make sure that there are two-course reps from each course on the SSLC to ensure fair representation. The SSLC comprises of a chair, vice-chair, the course reps and a secretary who are all elected from among the course reps, and I am very proud to share that we are 37 members strong this year!
We hold four meetings per term, the first two pre-meetings are held with the course reps to raise the most pressing issues faced by students and discuss possible solutions. Each pre-meeting is then followed by a meeting of the full SSLC which includes the staff members as well as the course reps. During the main meeting, all the issues raised in the pre-meeting are presented to the staff members. The staff members then provide their perspective of the issues raised and after some discussion, we come to a joint decision on the best way forward.
What has the SSLC achieved in recent years?
Here are some of the recent key achievements of the WBS SSLC:
- Installation of the kitchen in the UG Learning Space
- Installation of the Bloomberg Terminals in the IT Suite
- Additional study space on the ground floor atrium in WBS
- Frequent communication about additional study spaces on my.wbs
- A reorganisation of study space in the UG Learning Space
All these changes were made possible because of the valuable feedback provided by the students at WBS; we could not have done it without that feedback.
How do I get involved in the SSLC?
When it comes to applying to be part of the SSLC there is a recruitment process to follow. To run for the position of SSLC Chair or Vice-Chair, you have to record a 2-minute video about why you want to hold that position, that video is then shared on my.wbs, allowing all WBS students to decide on who they want to vote for. There is no requirement for applicants to be a part of the SSLC prior to running for the position of Chair or Vice-Chair and anyone from any course at WBS can apply for the positions. The elections for these positions are held at the end of the previous academic year. If you wish to apply to become a course rep, you have to write a short manifesto explaining why you wish to hold the position and then submit your manifesto on my.wbs. Your course mates are then able to view each applicant’s manifesto and decide on who they want to vote for.
The SSLC is a great platform to build your communication, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving abilities. You will be working with a diverse group of students and staff to improve the student experience here at WBS and this is precisely why I decided to apply. A new initiative that the Chair and I have implemented this year is to hold SSLC drop-in sessions where anyone can drop by to provide feedback. If you would like to attend a SSLC drop-in session please check your my.wbs calendar.
Unfortunately, all positions in the SSLC have been filled for this academic year, however that doesn’t mean that you cannot get involved. Without your opinions and feedback, the SSLC would not be effective at all. To provide your feedback, you can do the following:
- Contact your course reps (the full list is available on my.wbs)
- Attend the SSLC drop-in sessions (listed on the Facebook page and within my.wbs)
- Use the small, black suggestion box by the water cooler in the UG Learning Space which is anonymous
- Message the SSLC Facebook page (WBS Student Staff Liaison Committee)
Hopefully, by reading this some of you have been inspired to apply for the various positions available in the SSLC in the next academic year.
To find out more about the SSLC follow the WBS Staff Student Liaison Committee Page on Facebook.