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How you can get involved and contribute to change

Here you can explore what opportunities are available for you to get involved in developing the student experience at the OU



Join our Student Consultation Meetings in March 2023

Location: At home / online  Duration: Flexible  Dedication: 4-8 hours

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Get involved in sharing your ideas and feedback at the Student Consultation Meetings being held throughout March, in-person and online, and make a difference to your student experience while studying with the OU.

To sign up, simply complete the form by Tuesday 14 February. (Please click on the 'find out more' button below to link to the form.)

By signing up, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences about your induction to OU study and we will discuss how the Careers and Employability service can help you as you progress through and finish your studies. The meetings are a great opportunity to get together with other students and be part of the wider OU community and you will have the opportunity to engage with your Students Association as well.

To get involved, sign up to one of the following:

Online

  • Saturday 4 March on Microsoft Teams, 10:00–12:00.
  • Monday 13 March on Microsoft Teams, 18:30-20:30 (for students in Scotland).
  • Tuesday 14 March on Microsoft Teams, 18:30–20:30.
  • Wednesday 15 March on Adobe Connect, 18:30–20:30.

Face-to-face

  • Friday 10 March at The Open University, Milton Keynes, 10:00–16:00.
  • Saturday 11 March at the OU in Ireland, Belfast, 10:00–16:00 (for students in Ireland).
  • Saturday 11 March at the OU in Wales, Cardiff, 10:00–16:00 (for students in Wales).
  • Saturday 11 March at Horizon Leeds, Leeds, 10:00–16:00.
  • Saturday 18 March at Cavendish Conference Centre, London, 10:00–16:00.
  • Saturday 18 March at the OU in Scotland, Edinburgh, 10:00–16:00 (for students in Scotland).

Make sure to fill out the form by Tuesday 14 February to get involved. (Please click on the 'find out more' button below to link to the form.) If you are applying to attend face-to-face, please apply to the meeting closest to your home.

A summary of the feedback you give will be reviewed by senior staff in the University to inform ongoing improvements to your study experience. We will follow up after the meetings to let you know how your views have resulted in change.

Places are limited and will be allocated to ensure that students from across our diverse student body are able to attend. To sign up – simply complete the form by Tuesday 14 February. (Please click on the 'find out more' button below to link to the form.) We hope to let you know the week commencing 20 February if you have been allocated a place. In the meantime, please do keep the time free.

If you wish to speak in Welsh at a Student Consultation Meeting, or have any questions please email student-consultation-office@open.ac.uk.

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Languages and Applied Linguistics Student Consultation Forum

Location: At home / online  Duration: One off  Dedication: Flexible

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If you are a Languages and Applied Linguistics students, you are warmly invited to take part online in a student consultation forum hosted by the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics. We would very much like to hear about your experiences of assessment in relation to its process, types, feedback, hurdles as well as your understanding of the marking scheme. We welcome students from all backgrounds to take part in this consultation in order to improve your learning experience and support you to succeed in your studies.

The forum is made up of several discussion threads. Each discussion thread has a question relating to this topic. Student feedback is important at the Open University. We want to ensure that students have the opportunity to feedback in a manner that works for them. Therefore, you are welcome to post as much or as little as you like. We will have friendly members of the school on the forum to facilitate the consultation and you can also interact with your fellow students.

Who?

Students currently studying the following qualifications: Q30, T21, W41, T44, R54, R55, R56

How do I get involved?

You can join the discussion on our dedicated student consultation forum by clicking on the 'find out more' button below.

Make sure you get your comments in by 23:59 (UK time) on 3 February!

We hope you will take the opportunity to participate in this student consultation forum.

Student Consultation Team

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Sign up to the Student Voice mailing list

Location: At home / online  Duration: Flexible  Dedication: Flexible

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Sign up to the Student Voice mailing list to find out about all current opportunities that need your opinion, your voice, to make changes within the OU.

Please click on the 'find out more' button to be redirected to the mailing list sign up document.

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Do you have a passion for the environment and/or sustainability at the OU?

Location: At home / online  Duration: Flexible  Dedication: Flexible

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If you have a passion for the environment or a general interest in making things more sustainable, then the Students Association at the OU would love to hear from you!

Join the Environmental and Sustainability Society which is for students, former students, and staff of The Open University and others who advocate our society’s aims. “We envision a regenerative world, working together towards sustainable practices for a healthy environment, without compromising on the needs of future generations”.

The society members will support activities, events, and environmental action in the community and as individuals. The society are looking for help as it grows so if you are interested in joining as a member or a volunteer, contact us by following the link on the 'find out more' button. The link will take you direct to an article with much more information and contact details.

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OU Students Association engagement opportunities.

Location: At home / online  Duration: Flexible  Dedication: Flexible

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During Student Voice Week 2022, students asked for more examples of how they could engage with other students and gain a sense of community whilst studying. As a result, we want to highlight some of the opportunities that the Student Association provide on this opportunities page.

Please click on the 'find out more' button which will direct you to all the opportunities that are currently available at the Students Association.

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Student Consultation Forum on Dignity and Respect Policy Now Open!

Location: At home / online  Duration: One off  Dedication: Less than 1 hour

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The Student Consultation Forum on the Dignity and Respect Policy is now open. The forum is available here: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=30815 (please click on 'find out more' to follow this link) and will close at 23:59 (UK time) on 11 December.

We welcome all of our students to join this Student Consultation Forum and share their views on this very important topic. By participating in our Student Consultation activities, you will have the chance to make a difference to your student experience while studying with us.

If you have any problem posting on the forum, please let us know by emailing student-consultation-office@open.ac.uk.

Student Consultation Office

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Student Voice in partnership with... OU Students Association