How can I have a say in the running of Common Awards at a national level?
The Common Awards Management Board (CAMB) is a committee with responsibility for and oversight of the quality and standards of the overarching Common Awards partnerships and programmes. The membership of the Board includes students from TEIs who represent the whole of the Common Awards student body. Student representatives are able to contribute to Common Awards decision-making, policy development and the ongoing monitoring and development of Common Awards on a national level.
If you have any feedback you would like the Management Board to consider, you can submit this to one of the CAMB student representatives at any point. The Board takes the issue of anonymity very seriously; individual students will not be named in any student feedback considered by the Board, and any identifying information will be removed before feedback is considered.
The current CAMB student representatives and their contact details are as follows:
Student representatives are elected for one year. The role of the student representatives is:
The Common Awards team usually facilitates an election process for CAMB student representatives in February, and those elected will begin their role from the following September. Any Common Awards student can nominate themselves for election. The self-nomination form will be sent to your TEI to forward to all students.
Once candidates have come forward, each TEI individually holds an election process for students to vote on their chosen candidate. Following their election process, each TEI then provides the Common Awards Team with a list of all candidates who received votes in ranked order. Once ranked preferences have been received from each TEI, the Common Awards Team uses a Single Transferable Vote system to identify the three candidates with the highest number of votes across all TEIs.
We will reimburse travel and subsistence costs for student representatives and will provide advice and support to representatives throughout the year.
Each TEI also runs its own election process to elect student representatives at a TEI level, and you can ask your own TEI about how to get involved in this. CAMB student representatives are put in touch with TEI student representatives to share feedback and good practice.
It is sometimes difficult for students to know which aspects of their programme depend on Durham, and which depend on their local institution, and so difficult to know how to direct feedback. See our How Does the Common Awards Shape Your Programme page for more information on where responsibility falls.
Examples of the types of student feedback that would be appropriate to be raised at the level of the Management Board:
We wouldn’t expect to take student feedback to the overarching Management Board regarding TEI-specific issues, such as issues relating to the resources, staffing or programme delivery at any individual TEI. These types of issues should be considered at TEI Management Committees.