Guide to Campus is a project that aims to connect prospective and current first year undergraduate, postgraduate and international students to the Coventry Campus through the production of a set of specific video guides.
As well as enhancing existing skills, there are opportunities to learn new ones, taught from student to student, with the added bonus of gaining a professional accreditation. Facilitated by the Office of Teaching & Learning (OTL), and guided by the students themselves, the project provides a useful insight into student life at Coventry University.
Guide to Campus has been supported by the Centre for Global Engagement, UK Work Experience Team. UK Work Experience (UK WEX) offer international and European students a grant, which means that the students can get professional experience which is recognised and successfully completed within the UK during study at Coventry University.
The project also provides the opportunity for the Guide to Campus students to work towards an Open Badge accreditation, a project led by the DMLL.
The Guide to Campus team have interviewed the 2016/17 Student Union Sabbatical Officers, who quizzed them about their work and advice on making the most of student experience at Coventry University – all in time for the start of a new academic year.
Our cultural mix of under/post graduate students on the project created the questions which were tailored for each Sabbatical Officer.
As president, Adebowale has the responsibility of representing the students’ voice in the Student Charter which was agreed and co-signed by the University’s Vice Chancellor, John Latham.
Guide to Campus Interviewer, Tolu Akintaro, asked Adebowale to explain the purpose of the Charter:
“The Student Charter shows what the University’s responsibilities are, what our students expect and the responsibilities of the Student Union.”
Adebowale continues to explain how joining societies is important for a balanced student life. As a former student and now President of the SU, Tolu asked him what advice he would give to new students?
“Enjoy your time!” said Adebowale. “and take every opportunity that comes your way.”
“I look after the development and sustainability of our sports teams and the encouragement of activities.”
Sports and Welfare Officer, Alexa, was interviewed by Guide to Campus member Ade, who was keen to understand exactly how to sign up for sports and societies – and was there any initial cost involved?
“The Sports Fair is the best way to promote the sports teams that we have available, you don’t have to pay a membership fee, you can start by attending a first session and pay a couple of pounds. Sport is available to everyone no matter what your background is.”
Alexa continues to explain how sociable sports are and the interest of sports clubs will be also shown on Facebook which is another way of showing your initial interest, after and during the sports fair at Freshers week.
Gabriela is being interviewed by Guide to Campus member and third year student in Accounting and Finance, Wenye He, who was keen to know exactly how many societies there are at CUSU and how these are divided:
“We have more than 120 societies grouped into different categories, we have academic, faith international cultural, music and political and campaigning, and special interests you can choose.”
Gabriella explains how her role is divided into two parts – activities and student media (Source TV). Wenye He asks, “how you would join a society that you’re interested in?”
Gabriella directs Wenye to visit the CUSU website and sign up. Gabriella suggests that (new) students should be encouraged to get involved in as many activities as possible to get a flavour of the university.
Francis Chidiebere Ahanonu:
Francis explains to MA Media, Culture and Communication student, Tolu Akintaro, of his varied role as Vice President for post graduate students,
“it’s the first time we have had this role in the student union, it is something I know I can handle, you can expect more from me.”
Tolu asks, “how can post graduate students achieve a fair representation?”
Francis demonstrates some examples that are already taking place – it is important that post graduate students are represented and have a voice.
Francis said that professional networking for the post graduate is a must for the student experience and by speaking to representatives in each faculty, students can be directed to course specific / relevant internships.
Cheryl Kwan Chan:
As part of your student experience, your well-being and your place in the student community is very important. Cheryl explains how her role impacts on the university community and student experience, to our Guide to Campus member, Adis Kartasasmita:
“when you talk about welfare and community this covers a lot of things – not only for physical and mental health but equality.”
Cheryl continues to express how she is working with the advice centre in order to co-create campaigns and speak to students face to face. The volunteering team is also supporting Cheryl in this, and they are in close collaboration.
“If you have any questions just ask, come and ask anyone here and we are willing to help” finishes Cheryl.
Working closely this year with the Office of Teaching & Learning, Akan speaks with MSc oil & Gas Engineering student Cynthia Farka about how he believes his role as Vice President of Education will impact the current academic year,
“I get feedback from course reps and present this information to meetings to the university… the course reps system is the loudest voice on campus; students have the opportunity to speak directly to the course directors about their course”
Cynthia asks, how will this benefit the students?
Akan said that a good example of the outcome of the student forum meetings is the library becoming 24/7 for students so they can get to access to it during exam periods; this was due to it being brought up in the meetings by students.
Akan explains that he is happy for students to visit him in the CUSU office who are interested to know more about providing feedback to their course.
Written by Esmé Spurling & Ali Bushnell
Filmed by Guide to Campus
Supported by CUSU