All Ultraversity researchers are invited to contact ARU students union if they have any problems as the reps are not actually meant to represent anyone other than themselves. This blog is now authored by people who are not reps. Talk to us here, moan or throw brick bats - you won't offend and there's about zero chance of anyone paying attention to your views but hey, you might feel better.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
My name is Kate Baronius I live and work in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, I am in the third year at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School and Performing Arts College, a selective secodary school.
I am the systems manager and look after the curriculum and administration systems with the help of two other members of staff. I am currently finishing the commissioning of the new admin sever and workstations and in the midst of preparation for going live with Siims.net.
I have been married for 29 years and have two daughters, the youngest is at Exeter university studying Music.
I am happy to have been given a chance to study for a degree, and for me this is a particularly good way of achieving it (i hope).
Posted at 09:32 pm by Kate Baronius
i'm Peter Lilja, I'm in Chort 1 and belong to the Learning Community. I live in Essex in a place called Gidea Park. The school I work in is only 10 minutes away in Hornchurch it is a mixed secondary school with appr 960 pupils. The school was awarded sports college status at the end of last term, and there is a buzz about the place thanks to that.
My origin is Swedish, and I'm married to Sue, she was the reason I moved to the UK in the first place. My favourite past time is to go and watch Chelsea play football where I have a season ticket. Until I started this course i also used to be able to play golf, but no longer have time for that, I suppose it is a worthy sacrifice.
In the school I work as an ICT Technician, I teach 4 classes ICT at KS3 every week it is hard work but enjoyable at the same time. Another duty in my job is to organise cover supervision for the school, which makes me the least popular person around every morning when the list goes up. I have been at the school for nearly 3 years, before that I spent 20 years in flour milling. I enjoyed a good career in that industry, which took me to 3 different countries (Sweden, Germany, UK).
I'm looking forward to being a student rep and hope that anyone that need any help will get in touch.
Posted at 08:19 pm by plilja
I'm Maureen Slack and in Cohort 1 in the Management Community. I work as the School Admin Officer at Chellaston Junior School, 4 miles south of Derby. We have 470 children on roll, making us one of the largest junior schools in the city. I've been at the school for nearly 11 years. Before that I worked for a large export company,until 1984 when I had my first child. Chris is 20 and in his final year at Leicester University. Hannah's 15 and in her GCSE year. We also have a large black cat called Barney - who like any other cat, rules the roost.
I have responsibility for all things admin - including managing the school's MIS system, assessment & recording etc. This year I've joined a working party on remodelling (school change team) and become team leader to the school's ICT Technician, Pupil Welfare Assistant & Senior MSA. My role has changed quite a lot since starting the degree and some of that has been as a direct result of the course - in fact I'd say my job has changed more in the last 15 months than it has in the previous 10 years.
I love books, listening to music (live & recorded), going to the gym, holidays in the sun and spending time with friends and family.
I enjoyed being a student rep last year and I found our feedback meetings very helpful. Linda, Andy & I had a particularly interesting day at Ultralab in June.
I'm looking forward to talking to the other student reps and hope that anyone who needs our help in any way will get in touch, through this blog, in First Class or by email. Good luck to everyone with their studies this year.
Posted at 06:39 pm by Maureen Slack
Yes Linda, thank you for your invite, sorry I deleted your first message because I thought it was Spam!
Well as my first official task as a Student Rep I would like to introduce myself, I am Denise Binks, and I live in Fleet, Hampshire, where I work as an ICT Technician and Learning Support Assistant. I might tell you more about my role some other time, because it's becoming more complex every time I look. I have two children, David has Dyspraxia and is 11, and Susan, friend and memory, who is 9. I have been happily married to Alan for 24 years, though I think things might get a bit strained if I continue to spend all day talking about Double Loop Learning while he is trying to recover from the 'flu'!
Thats it for now, hope everyone is getting along well with their modules.
Posted at 05:46 pm by Denise Binks
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Thank you for the invitation to join this Blog.
A little bit about myself: My name is Angela and I am in Cohort 2, Education. I am presently living in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, and work at a split site (1km apart) British Curriculum Primary School there. I work in KS2 and am the only "ICT" member of staff at present, responsible for ICT in both sites. I am based in the ICT Lab where we have 24 networked computers in KS2, KS1 also have a smaller ICT lab which I visit once a week. I am also responsible for maintaining the school Website.
I hope my contributions will be more worthwhile in the future!
Posted at 06:03 pm by Angela_Dxb
Monday, November 01, 2004
The new reps have all been invited to be co-authors of this blog. I hope they'll feel free to post on any issues that interest them. It will be interesting to see how the blog develops with so many new voices and I look forward to some lively discussions here :-)
Posted at 07:09 pm by lmhartley
Friday, October 22, 2004
The following researchers have volunteered to be researcher representatives by the 15th October deadline. There are six cohort 1 representatives and three cohort 2 representatives all representing the education sector.
Lisa Munton Cohort 1 Education email@example.com
Denise Binks Cohort 1 Education firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Hartley Cohort 1 Education email@example.com
Maureen Slack Cohort 1 Education firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Roberts Cohort 1 Education email@example.com http://ultrastudent-reps.blogdrive.com/ Peter Lilja Cohort 1 Education firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Lee Cohort 2 Education
Angela Souter Cohort 2 Education email@example.com
Kate Baronius Cohort 2 Education firstname.lastname@example.org
We have had no volunteers from researchers representing the health sector. Any health sector researchers who would be willing to represent their fellow researchers please contact Ken Allen at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Your researcher representatives for this academic year are:
Posted at 10:49 am by Andy
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Up to 9 people have volunteered to be reps for this year, but there will not need to be an election, the number of places can simply be expanded to accommodate these. Details to follow later.
Posted at 03:58 pm by Andy
Sunday, October 03, 2004
There's a message on the Ultraversity website from Ken asking for
volunteers for this academic year.
Researcher Representative created on: 29/9/2004, 1:38 pm
Volunteers are requested for researcher representatives for the new
Researcher representatives are researchers who are take part in the
field pathway meetings at the end of a term. These meetings review the
previous terms work and make recommendations for improvements to the
researcher experience and courses. The meetings take the form of a
telephone conference usually at 7:00 pm on a mid week night and
generally last no more than an hour.
If you would like to be a researcher representative please email Ken
Allen on firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of the 15th October.
Posted at 04:44 pm by Andy
Monday, June 14, 2004
Term will re-start in September this year,
Changing to semesters will help with traditional holiday periods.
Summer holiday access to resources requested because researchers have time to work on materials.
Reading materials and module outlines available before the summer break if possible and as soon as possible after this if the summer break deadline is not possible.
Researchers will want to start module activities early in September and get ahead on their tasks.
either on 20th or 27th.
Posted at 06:42 pm by lmhartley