Study monitoring is a process in which the student union actively monitors and evaluates the quality, content and organization of education. This means reviewing what education leads to job opportunities, what is learned in the course of education and how students perceive their education.
A central part of student policing is to ensure that the voices and opinions of students are heard and taken seriously by the university administration. This means continuous advocacy work in which the student union strives to improve the study environment and educational conditions for students in the field of technology and science, often referred to as Teknat.
In order to conduct study monitoring, the corps relies on its opinion program. This contains the student union's stances on various higher education policy issues, such as tuition fees, student housing, English-language instruction, and access to library resources. A well-developed and up-to-date opinion program is critical to the Corps' capacity to influence and drive through change.
The opinion program is determined annually in September by the corps council after careful preparation by the corps study watchers. Through this, and with the help of student representatives in various university bodies, the Corps works to improve the education and study experience of students. Read more about the corps opinion program here.
As elected representatives, student representatives work to advocate for the interests of students, from improving the quality of education to improving the study environment. Through training and guidelines, they are equipped to effectively communicate and influence at local, faculty-central and university-central levels. Their role is essential to ensure that students' perspectives and needs are taken into account in all areas of the University's activities. Read more about the union's student representatives here.
The case activities provide students with an opportunity to address specific challenges and issues they face in their academic career using the expertise of the study watcher. This individual support is a key factor in maintaining a high level of student satisfaction and educational quality.
Om du som student finner att något inte gått rätt till när det gäller din utbildning eller studiemiljön finns det flera olika sätt att hantera frågan. Ofta fungerar det att själv ta kontakt med exempelvis kursansvarig om det är problem med en kurs. Ibland kan det dock vara svårt att veta vem som borde kontaktas eller var information hittas. I dessa fall går det bra att kontakta antingen sektionens studiebevakare eller kårens beroende på vad som känns bäst. Dessa kan både bidra med att hänvisa till rätt person, information eller bistå när universitetet inte upplevs lyssna.
Study monitoring at different levels
Student monitoring at Uppsala University is organised on three levels in order to effectively address and influence issues relevant to students at the different levels within the university. Local level refers to the councils, boards and working groups that operate at departmental level or specifically for certain programmes. This may include departmental boards and program councils. Decisions relating to individual courses and institutions are often made at this level, and student representatives play an important role in highlighting study coverage issues.
Local level is considered to have great potential for influence and is thus important for concrete changes in the content and implementation of education.
Faculty Central Level includes the councils, boards and working groups that deal with overarching issues for the entire faculty or for multiple degree programs within the faculty. Here, it often involves broader educational issues, student services, educational development, and local issues for the faculty campus. Student representatives at this level have an important function in influencing policies and decisions that have long-term impact on faculty.
University Central Level covers the study-monitoring work that applies to the entire university. This includes issues relating to equal conditions for all students, internationalisation, overall management issues and disciplinary matters. This level involves cooperation between different student unions to strengthen the position of students university-wide.
Corps' Study Watchers
Union study watchers are dedicated individuals employed by the student union to fully devote themselves to student guarding work. These individuals work together to ensure that the needs and opinions of students are taken into account in the University's decisions relating to education and study environment. Uppsala University's Technical and Natural Sciences Students' Union (TEKNat) has four full-time paid study supervisors, each with primary responsibility for different areas.
The President of the Union also participates in the study monitoring work, mainly at the university centre level. The Student Guardians are responsible for organizing and conducting trainings for student representatives at least once per semester to prepare them for their assignments.
Study watcher with responsibility for education
Study watchers with responsibility for education are focused on ensuring that education is of high quality from an educational perspective. They handle issues related to teaching, such as examination and exam rectification time frames, and conduct case activities to support students in specific education-related problems.
- Educational responsibility for engineering: Includes technical education programs such as Master of Science and Engineering Master's programs.
- Educational responsibility for natural sciences: Includes bachelor's and master's programs in natural science fields as well as independent courses.
- Utbildningsansvar för forskarutbildning och samverkan (Utb-f): Ansvarar för frågor som rör doktorandstudenter samt även samverkansfrågor med exempelvis andra kårer i landet.
The study watchers with responsibility for education also lead the Education Committee, which meets three times a semester to discuss and decide on education-related topics. The student supervisor in charge of technical education also coordinates the work of the student representatives.
Student guardian with student social responsibility
Study watchers with study social responsibility take care of the well-being of students outside the strictly academic realm. They work on issues related to study spaces, equal treatment and psychosocial aspects of student life. In addition, this study watcher is responsible for maintaining and revising the corps policy documents and supports students in individual matters affecting their study experience.
- Study Social Issues: Focuses on the well-being of students and fair treatment during the period of study.
If you have questions, suggestions or want to get involved in student monitoring work, you are welcome to contact the Student Union's Student Union's study watcher. They can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.