Speak Week


Speak Week(s) is a month-long campaign, organised by the Vice-President Education and the Students' Union. We want to get feedback about all aspects of your university experience - lectures, timetables, assessments, food, accommodation, learning spaces, library resources, placement support... if you've got an opinion on it, we want to hear it. The more feedback we gather, the more accurately we can represent students and make sure your Aston experience is as good as it can be.

Click here to read the full Speak Week report written and submitted to the University by Jawad Ahmed, previous Vice President Education.

Students Said They Wanted More On - Campus Learning To Be Made Available: The term touchpoint has now been changed and will appear as 'Tutorial (on-campus)' or  'Tutorial (Online.)' Colleges will be working to make more available but this will require students to book onto them.Students Raised Concerns About Lectures and Material Being Uploaded Late: Schools and colleges are going to make sure material is uploaded a week in advance before any lectures and seminars take place.

Students Wanted to Know Where Our Tuition Fees Are Going And How They Are Being Used: The university is doing work to create information around this. They will be more transparent with students as it will include where the university get their money from and what this is spent on.Students said lecturers did not know how to use BB colaborate - this was impacting the student experience: Staff development on the use of BB collaborate has been set up and sessions have been made available for staff to recieve training - so they are able to deliver highly engaging lectures from home.

Workload relating to asynchronous content: Colleges will be working to ensure there is clear signposting about the purpose of the 'asnychronous' content and what is required from students. Also, making students aware about what is essential before a 'synchronous session'Engagement with Asynchronous Content: Colleges will be working hard with students to increase their understanding of how asynchronous content aligns to and integrates with synchronous content. Additionally, they will provide guidance as to when asynchronous work should be undertaken and which elements are compulsory. The non-compulsory elements provide stretch and participiation in these are strongly encouraged as it will enable students to have better understanding of the module(s)

Low engagement relating to on-campus sessions: The current government guidelines means there will be no face to face sessions until 8th March 2021. There are exceptions to HLS, where activities cannot be done off campus. As a result, WASS appointments and 1:1 support has been made available to students. it is important that students should only come onto campus if they have to and follow the safety measures that have been put in place.