Extended Library Hours 2015 (5th – 30th January 2015)

It’s the season of new relationships with hard-bound books, soon-to-be-forgotten bonds with notes and the flourishing student-stationery ties. Yes, exams are (unfortunately) just round the corner.
Knowing just this, KSU is once again collaborating with the University of Malta Library to bring you another session of Extended Library Monday from 5th January 2015 till Friday 30th January 2015!

As with the previous years, both the Main Campus and the Health Sciences Library will be open till late during this period.

Extended Library Hours 2015

The opening hours for both libraries will be as follows:

Main Campus* and Health Sciences Libraries
Monday to Friday: 8:30 – 23:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 16:45

*Please note that at the Main Campus Library:
– Study Halls on Level 2 & 3 will be open during Extended Hours.
– The Reference Department will be open from 8:30 – 20:00 during weekdays.
– The Circulation Desk, Melitensia, Periodicals, Reference and Short Loans Departments will be closed during the extended hours (i.e. outside of normal hours).

KSU thanks the UoM Library administration for their consistent cooperation and urges students using the Library to behave appropriately and respect the staff and students making use of this facility.

KSU’s highly successful Night-Time Study Area will also be launched soon! Stay Tuned!


Plagiarism & Library Awareness Session

Have you ever asked why referencing is so important for your academic work? Or what plagiarism actually entails?

KSU’s Education Office, in collaboration with the University of Malta Library, is once again organising an informative seminar on the 10th of December 2014 which will allow students to understand how crucial proper referencing in academic work is. The session presented by Prof. Patrick J. Schembri will be beneficial for future coursework.

During the Seminar, tips will be given on how one can avoid Plagiarism. Assistant Registrars Elisa Vella and Carmen Mangion will be presenting guidelines on what defines plagiarism, its avoidance and related consequences.

The second part of the seminar is about how with just one single search, you can discover books and dissertations held in the Library, as well as full online texts, journal articles and other information resources.. The session will help you make the best use of the new and improved search interface on the Library website http://www.um.edu.mt/library

The venue will be ICT Lab, Room 1,Level -1, Block B, Faculty of ICT . Kindly note that available places are limited so book you place by sending an email to education@ksu.org.mt

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508196226108528/?fref=ts

Plagiarism and Library Awareness Session 2014

Plagiarism and Library Awareness Session 2014

Student Representatives’ Election: November 2014

Kunsill Studenti Universitarji (KSU) has been working with the Office of the Registrar at the University of Malta, on a revamp of Student Representative Elections, which are going to be held on the 13th November 2014.

The Registrar Office will be organising this year’s election online through a new programme that the University has acquired.

The Student Representative has a key role to comment on the student’s learning experience and how the quality of the learning and teaching can be enhanced. The involvement of students in Senate, Council and Faculty Board lead to positive changes, such as the improvement of academic standards and a better student learning environment at the University. This will also give the students’ input in the decision-making framework of the University of Malta. The Student Representative will also have a say on the handling of Academic Complaints. Moreover, they also have the possibility to bring up issues relating to policy changes in course structure and regulations within the Education Commission meetings for discussion.

KSU also urges the student body to take advantage of this reform and make sure that their voice is heard on who they would like to represent them on Faculty/Institute/Centre/School’s Board and in KSU’s Education Commission!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/397020283785220/?pnref=story

It's YOUR time - Vote Online! #studentrep14

It’s YOUR time – Vote Online! #studentrep14

Graduation Speeches 2014

The University has granted KSU permission to select a speech for  thirteen (13) ceremonies (10-23) taking place next December, an updated list of which has been published on the University Website.

The speeches willgraduation-caps-in-air be selected by a board of 5 individuals appointed by the KSU Education Commission, which is made up of student representatives from eachfaculty, institute or centre. KSU reserves the right to publish the chosen speeches on the KSU official website after they have been delivered. The deadline for submission is Friday 3rd October 2014.

Guidelines on how to write and submit graduation speeches are available on the KSU website through this link.

Should any student have any queries or need any advice do not hesitate to contact KSU on education@ksu.org.mt.


During the past week Kunsill Studenti Universitarji (KSU) has received a number of calls and more than 500 complaints regarding the current situation where results are not being published due to the Collective Agreement Industrial Dispute. KSU has tried to contact all stakeholders who are involved in the collective Agreement’s negotiations. However the concerned entities have not come back with any information regarding the stage of the negotiations. The Student body is alarmed, and KSU is concerned.

The situation got out of hand !

The situation got out of hand !

On the 18th of July 2014, KSU held a press conference at University of Malta Gateway. During this press conference Gayle Lynn Callus, president of KSU stated that students, although not involved in the discussions are the only victims in the current dispute between the Government of Malta, MUT, UMASA and the University of Malta. Besides all this, he stated that the students are the only stakeholders which are not represented around the table of negotiations. Amongst the directives imposed by the mentioned unions there are: to withhold the publication of exam results except those of the final years and also not to attend any meetings.

The President of KSU also stated that not issuing  the exam results is affecting many students especially those who cannot finish their application for ERASMUS+ programmes. He also mentioned the fact that the time between when the results are published and the date of the resit exam is decreased, there is not enough time for the students to study. Adding to this he also stated that the this dispute may lead to a situation where the Revision paper is issue after the resit examinations are held.

Ryan Falzon, KSU Education Commissioner, explained how during the past days KSU have received a number of phone calls and hundreds of complaints from both students and parents. They are all worried regarding the current situation. He also stated that although all students are being affected the Education Office has also received a number of complaints which are Faculty specific. Students of the Faculty of Health Sciences cannot continue working on their thesis, as their proposals were not approved by the Ethics Board, fourth year Medicine students cannot apply for the UK Foundation Programme as they are not able to finish their application, Gozitan students will have to rent flats with higher prices and international students who may have a resit will have to buy more expensive airline tickets to come back to Malta. 

He also explained, how during the past months KSU took an active role in the Collective Agreement negotiations, although not having a formal place in the discussions of the mentioned document. Amongst the proposals there were that academics salaries are maintained or increased, the deadline of publication of results is according to the amount of ECTS of the subject and the dates of the results, and the creation of a coursework feedback.

Rebecca Micallef, KSU Social Policy Commissioner explained the various press releases issued by the council. She stated that it is unacceptable that students are used as chess pawns. KSU have the support of almost all student organisations and urged all students to unite as one front and safeguard their rights.

Gayle Lynn Callus stated that later that day KSU is going to issue an online application where students can enter the Study Unit of which results were still not received and also add comments how this industrial dispute is affecting them. This online form can be accessed from the following link:


He also stated that KSU will be formally asking all parties involved to be represented in any future talks concerning the collective agreement. Therefore the council will lobby to have a representative around the table of negotiations, as the student is the main stakeholder.

While keeping KSU neutrality, the President urged all stake holders to come with as solution as immediately as possible and stop using the student as a bargaining tool. 

After this press conference KSU issued a video where students from the different faculties and student organisations were invited to say their concerns. 


Don’t Let Anyone Trample Over Your Rights!

This is KSU’s message to the University student. The purpose of this message is not to alarmingly suggest that the University of Malta is putting the student’s rights at stake in some way. The purpose of this message is targeted to raise awareness of the importance of self-respect and dignity for the University student.

React intelligently to situations were you feel you rights are undermined. Remember that KSU is there purposefully to be of support to you as a student! KSU is your council, and although it is typically committed in organising activities for self sustenance, it is largely focused in maintaining a supportive role for the student’s University experience.

KSU wanted to make this reminder more visual and even more present in the University students’ hangout – Student’s House!

Floor Sticker

And what are the means to communicate your concerns to KSU? Be comfortable and do any of the following:

  • Come at KSU office to speak directly to us!
  • Email us on education@ksu.org.mt
  • Acess our Online Complaint System and submit an academic complaint ticket.

To help you even more with the Online Complaint System, KSU has prepared the below info-graphic as a handy guidance. For a more detailed guidance, please view this Education Blog entry.

Don’t let anyone trample over your rights!


KE/KPS Seminar 2 – March 2014


KSU has invited board members of student organisations and student representatives of the University of Malta to the second KE/KPS Seminar of the 13’/14′ term.

This took place on Saturday 22nd March 2014 at Microsoft Innovation Centre at Skyparks, MIA, Luqa. The seminar programme consisted of the following agenda KE-KPS Seminar 2 – March 2014 – Agenda.

The Seminar kick started with two very interesting training sessions. The training sessions were thought provocative, interactive and most of all relevant to the skills needed for effective student representation. The First session was delivered by Mr Josef Said from KONNEKT and focused about the various skills which contribute the Leadership. The second session was delivered by Mr. Morgan Parnis from Business Leaders Malta and focused on how to effectively delegate commitments in an organisation.

After the coffee break, Mr Saviour Vassallo from the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations gave a presentation about the importance of a student organisation to become legally enrolled as a VO. he focused on the requirements for enrolment and also the commitments which keeps a VO legally abiding. The Office for the Commissioner of Voluntary Organisations is the regulator of VO’s whilst VO’s reap benefit of enrolment to support provided by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector.

Following lunch the members divided into two workshops. These workshops were organised as part of a working process currently carried out within the Social Policy and Education offices of KSU.

Inspector Timothy Zammit from the Malta Police Force – Cyber Crime Unit led a workshop on Cyber Harassment. The discussions were focused on what defines harassment and what makes cyber harassment different. Insp. Zammit spoke about how one can prevent cyber harassment and who one can contact if the need arises. Importance was also given to the fact that there is a lack of education and awareness on these matters both at University and at other institutions. Therefore, this factor is what the KPS Cyber Harassment working group shall be focusing on in the policy being drafted.

Dr. Charmaine Cristiano Grech from the Ministry of Education and Employment led a a workshop on the Education Act Reform. During this workshop KSU’s recommendations were discussed and students present from a wide spectrum of sectors at University of Malta were able to express their opinions and discuss point raised. The discussion shifted from an aspect of legal provisions to the more practical implementation of measures.

These seminars are a joint initiative between the Education Office and the Social Policy Office of KSU.