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KSU Post-Graduate Opportunities Survey & Report

Post-Grads

An issue of ever-increasing importance, students opting for postgraduate studies are becoming more and more frequent. In this respect, the KSU Education Office will be embarking on a project to:

  • Investigate the current picture of students taking up postgraduate studies;
  • Compile a report, including recommendations, with regards to funding for such courses
  • Inform students of what opportunities are available and how they may take advantage of them.

This is intended to provide a unique, yet much-needed, study on the current status of postgraduate opportunities. It might also offer the possibility of liaising with higher bodies, possibly providing further options for students to further their education and making the University a more central hub for innovative academic research.

The topics of discussion in the report will focus on several aspects of the post-graduate opportunities scene and will explore some questions which are often brought up. They will try to be backed up by evidence sourced from a survey targeted at current and prospective post-graduate students. Students can fill in the survey below:

FAQ: Examination Publication Deadlines

KSU has been informed of several exam results which have not yet been published. While lecturers have until the end of July to submit results, which are then published up to one or two weeks later, many have justifiably pointed out the downsides of these deadlines.

KSU is committed to improve the efficiency of the exam result publication process and for this reason is asking for any feedback you may have regarding any results which have not been published. Students are encouraged to email the Study-Unit Module Code, Course and Year of the unpublished results to education@ksu.org.mt.

Below is also an excellent article on the issue, written by Jonathan Falzon who was the KSU Education Commissioner for the 2011/2012 term.

                                                            

Reasonably, students expect to have their examination results as soon as possible. It has become common practice at the KSU office that students approach us to complain about the fact that their results have not yet been issued. Unfortunately, most students do not know when to expect such results, and what deadlines are given to the academic staff for corrections, and this creates more uncertainties which do not help the worried student.

Some students claim that they spend hours refreshing their eSIMS page waiting for their results to be available. The University’s academic staff are guided by the Collective Agreement which regulates the lecturer’s employment conditions, including deadlines for the submission of results. The respective deadlines are as follows:

  • For the January examination session – by the end of March
  • For the May/June session – by the end of July
  • For the September session – by the end of September

Apart from such deadlines, students must wait for another week or two for the publication of these results on eSIMS as the administrative faculty staff need time to process such data before publication. Many representatives have recently voiced their concerns, holding that these deadlines might be too broad and therefore the KSU Education Commission has recently set up a committee to give feedback during the negotiations for the new collective agreement, which should start by 2013.

Education Commissioner 2011/2012 Jonathan Falzon has approached various students from different courses and asked them: Why should examination results be published earlier?

Julia Farrugia
B.A. (English and Communication Studies) – 1st year

“Exam results should be published earlier due to the fact that they act as motivation. Although all students should study hard throughout the year this is hardly ever the case. Therefore exam results act as a boost, those who have done well in their exams are encouraged to continue working hard and those who did not do as well as they wished realise their mistake and start studying properly. Feedback is a necessary element in all aspects of life and the earlier it is given the more effective it is.”

Bianca Casha
B.Com (Marketing and Management) – 2nd year

“I think exam results should be published earlier because it isn’t fair to keep us students in anguish for that long. Also, because it is difficult to concentrate in lectures and new assignments given, while you’re desperately waiting for results. As for the June ones, waiting longer means less time to study for resits.”

Malcolm Zammit
B.Mech.Eng(Hons.) – 3rd Year

“Students dedicate so much time studying for examinations; therefore informing us in adequate time is only fair. No student should be left in a compromising position with regards to deciding for their future because of late issuing of exam results. A more efficient system of publishing results would help students in not forcibly procrastinating from taking important decisions or start preparation in case of re-sit exams. This would be of benefit to academic staff as well in portraying higher efficiency and concern for students.”

James Debono
L.L.B – 3rd year

“After a nerve-racking exam period, students expect results to come out in a reasonable time and not undergo long anxious waits. Earlier publications are far more essential for those who fail major subjects which they have to re-sit for, especially those which determine whether one graduates or not.”

Mauro Miceli
M.A. (European Studies) – 1st year

“Results should be available as soon as possible as waiting for their publication increases stress on students. After the January session, students do not concentrate fully on lectures till results are published and in the June session students need time to study for resits. It is important that results are published in the quickest time possible. If students don’t stick to deadlines they are usually failed, certain penalties should be issued to lecturers who do not stick to timeframes as agreed with the University.”

Jonathan Falzon
KSU Education Commissioner 2011/2012

Voluntary Tutoring Service – KSU & CRC Collaboration

Voluntary Tutoring Service Poster

Have some spare time on your hands? Feel as though teaching’s your thing? Would you like to be there for someone who could really do with a helping hand? Well then here’s your opportunity to give back something to the community!

KSU, in collaboration with the newly set-up Cottonera Resource Centre (CRC), is embarking on a pilot project to help youths from the Cottonera area who are sitting for their O’Levels. We are inviting University students to take part in this project to provide a Voluntary Tutoring Service to these youths through simple exercises such as the formulation of study plans, group study sessions and help on how to manage their studies and time.

This would only require a relatively manageable commitment of around 2 to 4 hours a week, depending on the availability of volunteers. If you’re interested, please fill out the following form: http://ksu.org.mt/voluntary-tutoring-service and we will get back to you with more information!

This service is highly recommended for students from the Faculties of Education and Social Wellbeing, as well as other students who are currently involved in some form of Youth Work and wish to broaden their experiences.