Why you should represent your course on the SSLC
SSLC stands for Student Staff Liaison Committee, or that place where you go if you have issues about your course and want to be active and promote change and have your voice heard and rep your fellow students etc etc. We’re all about upholding democratic values here in the UK, innit.
The German Department SSLC is made up of a few people from each year group, representing different degree titles, for example, German Studies, German and French, German with Italian etc. There are a few different roles: the convenor, who is the member of staff who takes on board everything that is said and relays it back to the other staff in the department; the chair, who is a final year student who talks everyone through the agenda for each meeting, and the secretary, who is usually also a final year student and takes note of everything that is said.
It genuinely is a really good thing to be part of in your time at university. SSLC gives you a chance not only to raise issues but also to meet people in other year groups who do your degree; this is especially cool in German Studies since aside from taking part in Gsoc (German Society) there isn’t a lot of chance to do that. Modules are organised by year group, meaning you get to know your own year very well instead. For first and second years it’s fun meeting the wrinkly old fourth years, wizened from the year abroad and smiling fondly at the issues the other year groups raise.
Learning about the ways of the department is also interesting, since it provides a glimpse into how universities are run. Often, we’ll ask a question about something, such as why there isn’t as broad a range of modules in German as in French, and we’ll receive a perfectly justified answer which might not have been clear to us before but makes sense after hearing it. In this case, it’s because the German department has fewer staff, and the modules are based off the current staff’s interests.
And of course, many of the changes suggested do take place, whether that be shifting clashing essay deadlines or altering the structure of a workshop or module. Currently, we are campaigning for a microwave to be installed in our common room. I am very excited about this.
My biggest pet hate at uni is when people complain about something course-related but don’t try to do anything about it. Join the SSLC, daftie.