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Student influence

Published: 12 November 2012

General Information on Student Influence at Luleå University of Technology

Students are co-participants in the creation of knowledge. An active participation in the university's development work by both individual students and student unions shall be sought. Faculties, departments and bodies within the university shall take into account the above-mentioned policy documents.

Student Representation

Students have the right to be represented when decisions are made and in connection with preparation on issues that are important for education or the student's situation. Students should therefore be given the opportunity to be represented at all permanent or temporary composite groups or committees that prepare educational issues and questions about the student's work environment.

There are rules of procedure for the executive level, faculty board, department and for professional support that states that student influence should occur in connection with case preparation. The rules of procedure state, among other things, how information should be provided to the students, how consultation with the students should take place and how the students in general should participate in preparation work.

Student representatives should be given the opportunity to supplement with compulsory work in compulsory parts of courses that coincide with meetings in the university's preparatory and decision-making bodies. The student representative shall, if necessary and in consultation with the teacher, always receive supplementary teaching for the parts that the student has missed, where necessary. It is the student's duty to inform the teacher that she is a student representative.

Course Evaluations

The university shall give the students who participate in or have completed a course the opportunity to present their experiences and views on the course through a course evaluation organized by the university. The university must also compile course evaluations and inform about the results and any decisions on measures. The results should be available to the students.

At Luleå University of Technology, course evaluations mainly fill two functions:

  • That the students are given the opportunity to evaluate and reflect on their education in a structured way and to contribute to quality development of the course.
  • That the compilation of the results gives the teacher and management a basis for quality development of the course and the program.

It is a right for the students to answer the course evaluation questionnaire, but not an obligation. The result of the course evaluations provides a valuable basis for improving the university's educational programmes. It is therefore important that the students participate in the course evaluations, both for their own learning but also for subsequent students. Course evaluations are also important for teachers in order to ensure feedback. Teachers and students, thus, have a shared responsibility for ensuring that course evaluations are completed and that the answers to be characterized by constructive criticism as well as contain concrete ideas for improvement.

Course-giving departments are responsible for the implementation and follow-up of course evaluations according to a fixed model and to implement improvement measures of courses, if necessary. The teacher responsible for the course is responsible for ensuring that the course evaluation questionnaire will reach the students, either electronically or as a paper survey. The compilation of the course evaluation results is published on Luleå University of Technology's Student Website after the end of the course. In the compilation, the teacher must also consider the views of students and employees who have emerged in the continuous course dialogue throughout the course. The teacher informs of the planned and implemented improvement measures to the students via the Student Website. The teacher responsible for the course is responsible for ensuring that feedback to previous course evaluation results and course development is done when the course is next given.