Why are we making changes?
The new structure will allow more opportunities for collaboration across our subject areas making things consistent regardless of where you study.
The new structures will simplify the way we work, integrating educational and research activities across related academic disciplines, opening up more opportunities for collaboration. We will be enabling students and staff to work together in new ways across our Faculties.
Covid-19, Brexit and many other factors have an impact on the University, and we want to ensure we are setup in a way that is resilient to these, allowing us to continuously invest in your student experience. In addition to changing our structures we will be changing the working practices that go with them. We want to ensure our digital and physical estate to support the delivery of our new strategic plan.
What does this mean for me?
The new Faculties will be live for the next academic year, however many of the changes we are making will be behind the scenes. For most students you won’t notice a change at the beginning of the academic year, although you may hear people refer to the new Faculties rather than your previous College.
To minimise disruption to students there should be no major changes to your teaching, learning and assessment and the changes you do notice to your student experience will include improved services for students.
How will this affect my research?
Your research will not be affected because the introduction of faculties does not affect the PhD/programme a student is studying. Your supervisor will also not change.
Will the new faculty structure affect my learning?
Your academic subject will retain its identity and you will study the same programme with the same students. Our priority is to ensure the continuity of your learning experience, so we will not be making large changes.
Will IT systems/access be changing as a result and does this change how I get on-line?
There are no changes as to how you will access central University IT services as a result of the new Faculties.
Does this change what we will see in Canvas?
There will be no visible impact on Canvas and the way you access the system. There may be slight disruption for newly enrolled courses between the period of 16th- 27th August whilst data changes take effect.
Will this mean larger mentoring groups/classes?
Group, class or seminar sizes will not be affected by the introduction of faculties however, the sizes of classes this year will be dictated by Welsh Assembly Guidance and Public Health guidance around the ongoing pandemic.
What will this mean for College/Subject Reps?
The new Faculty structure means that Student Representatives (Reps) will be recruited at a School and Subject Level.
The role of a School Rep will replace the existing College Rep role. These Reps will continue to gather feedback from students, attend Education Committee and represent their Schools at relevant meetings.
The Subject Rep role will not change.
You can nominate yourself to become a Rep between 20th September and 8th October.