The ICR encourages student representation in decision-making and the student committee includes the representatives on the key academic committees.
The student committee represents research degree students collectively in discussion with the ICR. It is the main channel for student representatives to seek students’ views on issues of concern and for identifying issues to raise with Faculty and Registry staff.
The student committee organises an annual student conference, focussed on careers advice and personal development, which is followed by a social event. A dinner is held each autumn in Freshers’ week to help the new students settle in.
Members of the student committee organise cross–site social activities for research degree students throughout the year. In addition, they organise an annual cross-site away weekend which provides further opportunity for students to get to know each other.
Student liaison committees meet regularly to discuss research degree and taught course business. The research degrees student liaison committee is chaired by the student president, the faculty and administrative members along with all members of the student committee.
It discusses issues raised by students on behalf of research degree students as a whole and issues on which the ICR is keen to hear students’ views at an early stage. Taught course student liaison committees meet three times a term for much the same purpose. The taught course student representatives are encouraged to attend and the meetings are open to all taught course students.