Student representation at UCM
The Academic Council’s Internal Executive, Treasurer, External Executive and Events Coordinator represent you in the Board of Studies while the Social Board’s President, Acquisition Executive and the Academic Council’s Chair represent you in the Management Team.”
New members of the Social Board are proposed by the former members based on skill and motivation and need to be approved by the General Assembly. The Social Board’s President is elected directly by the student population by simple majority vote.The Academic Council is proposed by the former members based on skill and motivation and needs to be approved by the General Assembly. The Academic Council’s Chair is elected directly by the student population by simple majority vote.
Our role in the Management Team
The MT is a body consisting of staff members and three student representatives – two from the Universalis Social Board and one representative from the Academic Council – supporting the Dean in the management of UCM. The bi-weekly meetings crucial in order to keep each other updated on current and prospective issues of student body, academic and organisational affairs. The MT meeting should also be used to request information from the staff or to communicate the views of the student body to the staff. The AC focuses on acting as a bridge between the student body’s opinions and the UCM administration through requests or views brought forward in person/via email or Facebook or during UCM Forums. Students’ concerns or ideas are taken very seriously by the management so don’t hesitate to contact us to give input!
Our role in the Education Program Committee
The Education Program Committee safeguards the quality of education and acts as an advisory body to the UCM management on content and quality of the UCM curriculum. It consists of four staff members from different faculties and four student representatives, whose main task is to keep track of the course evaluations, identify recurring and pressing issues and approach students directly in order to get information about the quality of the courses and the problems at hand. Apart from evaluating the quality of the courses, the Education Program Committee engages in several other tasks, such as revising the UCM Teachers Handbook and Course Catalogue, approving or remarking about changes within the Rules and Regulations of UCM and constantly reflecting about the quality of UCM as a learning institution in order to consider ways in which it can be improved.
How YOU can have a say at UCM
- Take part in the General Assemblies, and let your vote count. – Every proposed motion is voted upon by all students that show up at the General Assembly! Additionally, you can vote upon proposed members of the Academic Council and Social Board during election time and approve or reject the Board’s financial reports.
- Hand in motions to the General Assembly. – Is there something you would add, change or adjust in the policy manual? Every student at UCM is a member of Universalis, and therefore eligible to hand in motions to the General Assembly to get them voted upon by the present students.
– How to hand in motions to the General Assembly:
– Fill out the ‘Motion Form’ under UCMSA Documents. The form essentially requires you to explain what you want to see changed, why, and what you want to implement instead of it.
– Hand in the Motion form to the Social Board’s Secretary at least one week in advance of the GA.
– Get the motion voted upon by the GA. Descisions are made based on simple majority vote.
- Join the UCM Forum and let your voice be heard. Every period, the Academic Council shares its most recent work and invites all students to take part in the discussion. Prior to each UCM Forum, all UCM students can propose topics and vote on those. The most popular topics will be discussed during the UCM Forum. This is the perfect place for everyone who cares about the education at UCM.
- Give your opinion during Comments and Cookies in the Common Room. The Academic Council represents your academic interests and needs to know what you think. If things are unclear, the Academic Council gathers student input for particular topics: Share your thoughts, perspectives, criticism, and ideas while having a cookie in the Common Room.
- Approach your representatives in the Academic Council and Social Board directly with your questions, issues and concerns or write them an email – every representative is responsible to listen to student’s input and take it seriously. Often problems can be resolved directly this way. If your problems concern a specific course, or the general organization and finances of UCM, the representatives have the power to put student’s proposals onto the Board of Studies’ and Management Team’s agenda to get them discussed.