Student Influence – University of Copenhagen

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Influence on the study environment and learning resources

At the Faculty of Social Sciences, students have considerable influence over their study environment and learning resources. Students are involved on an ongoing basis in the work on ensuring a good study environment and good learning resources. At the Faculty of Social Sciences, students are generally very committed and active in relation to their education.

If you are a student and want to learn more about your opportunities in relation to influence on your study environment and learning resources, you can read more at KUnet under ‘Student Life’ (requires login).

Students are involved in the work on ensuring a good study environment and good learning resources by:

  • course evaluations
  • educational environment assessments

Students are also involved systematically in the work in their capacity of representatives on the following committees and councils:

  • The Students Dialogue Forum
  • The Academic Council
  • Boards of studies
  • Department councils

In addition, students have:

  • The Social Sciences Council

A representative from the Faculty Council participates in the Students Dialogue Forum. The organisational diagram of student organisations at the Faculty is available here (in Danish).

Below is a description of the most central formalized processes and committees through which students are included.

Course evaluations

The primary purpose of course evaluations is to ensure that lecturers, boards of studies and management possess knowledge about the outcomes of the respective elements of the study programmes, which may be used to continuously improve the teaching and guarantee students the best possible conditions for learning and completing their studies. Read more here.

Contact person: Tea Malthesen.

Educational environment assessment

Student well-being and the physical study environment are also covered in the University’s educational environment assessment, which is carried out under the auspices of the University every three years. On the basis of a survey, a report and an action plan are drawn up for each faculty. The action plan describes the initiatives that the Faculty will take to improve its teaching environment.

On the basis of the assessment, reports are prepared at University and Faculty level, respectively. The assessment is also used in the continued work in relation to the study environment at the University of Copenhagen, and the reports are also included in the compulsory educational environment assessment mentioned above.

Additional information about the University of Copenhagen's educational environment evaluations and determining well-being and contentment is available here (In Danish).

The latest educational environment assessment is available via a righthand box on this page.

Contact person: Tea Malthesen.

Boards of Studies

The board of studies consists of an equal number of lecturers and students. The boards of studies are responsible for the organisation, implementation and development of study programmes and teaching. Read more here.

The Faculty Council

The faculty council is a unifying body for the departments' academic councils. The organisational diagram of student organisations at the Faculty is available here (In Danish).

The Students Dialogue Forum

The purpose of the dialogue forum is to generate dialogue between the Dean and the students at the Faculty of Social Sciences on issues related to educational policy and the study environment. Read more here.

The Academic Council

The Academic Council advises the Dean on the internal distribution of grants, and on research, education and plans for knowledge exchange. It also makes recommendations to assessment committees and confers PhD degrees, doctorate degrees and prizes. Read more here.

Department councils

The councils must ensure academic staff’s - incl. including PhD students, technical and administrative staff and students - participation in the decision-making and their involvement in the department’s research and education. Read more about the councils here.

Responsibility

The Dean is responsible for safeguarding the framework and the possibilities of student involvement at the Faculty. At the respective departments, the head of department is responsible for safeguarding the framework and the possibilities of student involvement in their local study environment