Biosciences Education Team Meeting
Issues and Actions
Present: Sara Burton,Meg Harris, Jamie Stevens, James WakefieldStudent/Applicant Queries / Action
Akash Choudhary and others
Andrew Ball / Taking an IE year after her degree
SA to IE
New title for dissertation
FCH student. Various issues concerning ILP and timetable.
Inappropriate telephone message / Faculty responded that it is possible for Marie to do this, however she would not have this in the title of her degree. Student coming in to see MH. c/f
SITS information still to be changed, awaiting SITS people to confirm procedures. c/f
SB to liaise c/f
SB will monitor. c/f
Alison Hill to meet with student, SA, Mike Dobson (FCH), DRC representative on 08.12.11. Will request that the meeting is a stage one Fitness to Study. AH to report back. c/f
The message had been left on Clive Butler’s telephone by another student using Andrew’s phone. CB, JW & SB met with Andrew who confirmed that the message was from his phone and signed a transcript of its contents. He has since written individual letters of apology and donated a gift to the Biosciences raffle. Information will be kept on the student’s file.
Previous Meeting items / Conclusion / By
03.10.1 / JW / MACE / BIO2081 MACE forms had been written and distributed. 50% response rate. JS to consider results. / JS
10.10.2 / SB / BIO2414 / GTA and Academic support for BIO2414. Marta Soffker will help with the practical. JW agreed to ask JC to be academic contact.
Dates required are 30th Jan, 13th Feb and 27th Feb 2-5. / SB
31.10.1 / MH / Questionnaire / MH to organise analysis of the data, possible bar charts. c/f / MH
31.10.4 / MH / SSLC / JW to meet with Robin Batten and Jon Barnes. Possibility of more computers be made available on the GP bridge. c/f
MH to monitor progress with Human Biosciences. c/f / JW
31.10.5 / JW / MSc Joint exam boards
MRes for Aquatic Bio / It was agreed that Applied Biochem & Biocatalysis, Biotech & Enterprise and the Bioinformatics group will share the same exam board in the summer. Aquatic Bio and Food Security would have separate boards. MH to liaise with College. c/f
JS will liaise with Rod Wilson concerning Aquatic Bio becoming aMRes programme for 2012 entry. / MH
07.11.2 / MH / KIS / Report on progress at the next meeting. c/f / MH
07.11.3 / JW / Natural Sciences / JW agreed to circulate the prog spec. Five elements had now been included and he was impressed by the content. It would be offered as a 3 and 4 year programme. Concluded at present. / JW
07.11.4 / SA / External examiners / Still need an ugExternal Examiner and External Assessor c/f / SA
17.11.1 / JS / MSc to PhD / JS to meet with AH. Concluded at present
17.11.2 / JW / Library / Information was being collated and this would be checked to see which books were available as ebooks. JW would ask David Studholme to help with a ‘Journal’ list. Concluded at present. / JW
17.11.3 / SB / Student Conference / Marta Soffker and Julio Illanes will help SB. Further information to follow. c/f
Raised by / Issue / Action / By
1 / JW / Project samples / The freezer being used for the joint ug project directed by Ken Haynes had been switched off. KH was talking to the students today and again on Friday to resolve any problems. c/f / KH
2 / SB
MH / Demonstrators &
BIO1322 / SB had agreed additional demonstrator help for Tetus Kudoh.
Steve Simpson had asked that the lack of demonstrators scheduled to help with BIO1322 in term two be addressed. SB to liaise.
JW asked SB to supply financial information in January 2012 on demonstrator costs. / SB
3 / MH / Strike Action / MH confirmed that all lectures that could be disrupted on Wednesday 30th November had been rearranged where necessary. Concluded.
4 / JS / MSc projects / Several academic staff had still not supplied MSc project titles. MH would send a reminder. JS would discuss projects with Steve Bates for the Biotech & Enterprise programme. Several of the students on the programme were not suitably equipped to cope with ‘wet’ projects. An intensive workshop on lab skills, including safety may be appropriate. JW had material that could be utilised. Concluded at present. / JS