Our Voice, Our College
Our Voice, Our College has replaced the old out dated Student Voice systems that The College used. The new and improved Our Voice, Our College model is much more reactive to student feedback and allows staff to work with students much more effectively than ever before. BPCSU are also working with departments that previously were in the hard to reach areas and we have now set up bespoke provision. These were identified as Apprenticeships; ESOL; Foundation; Higher Education and Access. Each area will now receive tailored Our Voice, Our College provision which allows these students to have their voice at The College.
Why did we change from Student Voice to Our Voice, Our College?
The old model was outdated, and it didn’t work the way it was intended. The process for getting feedback did not fit the way The College operated, and it meant that a lot of the feedback given did not get to the correct person in order to be changed. We used to have around 300 Course Reps who went to meetings with their Learning Managers and Directors of Learning, however due to the nature of a busy college these meetings were often cancelled or changed which meant that no one knew when it would take place. In the Summer of 2019, there was a review of the system by the Student Engagement Coordinator and the Head of Student Support, who set out to change this and the result was Our Voice, Our College.
What is Our Voice, Our College?
Our Voice Our College covers everything that lets our students have a voice. This can include the Our Voice, Our College Weeks, Focus Groups or Annual Conference. It also covers anything that BPCSU sends out to get student's opinions, surveys, questionnaires or even polls. If it is asking you as a student for your view, it will be covered under Our Voice, Our College. When we changed from the old model, we decided that every student would have their voice and every student would be a Rep. With the introduction of the Personal Development Tutors we now hold Our Voice, Our College Weeks, four times a year, twice in the Autumn Term, once in the Spring Term and once in the Summer term. These weeks are dedicated to getting your voice and opinions on a range of subjects including teaching and learning, BPCSU as well as The College itself.
After the Our Voice, Our College week finishes, we gather the themes of the week and we hold focus groups for the top three themes. These focus groups are organised by BPCSU, students are then asked to join a senior staff member in order to discuss the theme in more detail allowing students and staff to work together to come up with an action plan to improve the service that is already in place. When this is done BPCSU will let students know what the outcome is and how we managed to improve The College for students usually in the form of a You Said We Did.
Why should I participate in Our Voice, Our College?
As a student at The College your voice is essential to the running of our service to students. We need to know how we are doing, what we need to change, and what we are doing well, so that we can change what we do to benefit our students. We want to hear what you have to say, so that you have a better experience and a better student journey as you go through your studies. BPCSU is the link between you the student and The College staff, we will help you to be heard. There are many other advantages of participating within Our Voice, Our College as you will gain valuable skills as you go through the process, however the main advantage to you as a student is making The College better for you and your fellow students.
How can I get involved with Our Voice, Our College?
There are many ways to participate and we have listed them below for you:
- Participate in the Our Voice, Our College Weeks
- Participate in Our Voice, Our College Focus Groups
- Attend the Our Voice, Our College Annual Conference (usually held in March)
- Use the new Big Ideas Page to submit your opinion or suggested improvements and get other students to help you achieve this
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