YOUR STUDENT VOICE HAS LED TO ...

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You would like us to provide free licenses for programmes needed during the pandemic, so you can practice and access the programmes from home.

And we: managed to get trials and extend licenses for all programmes used in Music Technology modules.

You would like to see a timetable, resources and materials for all your modules on the KLE.

And we: asked all module convenors to update the KLE for their modules regularly. Providing a clear schedule for online/in-situ teaching during the pandemic.

You would like extra support during lockdown and online teaching

And we: asked all personal tutors to be available to speak to their students throughout the summer and expand their office hours in order to talk to more students.

You would like class participation and exams to be removed from modules as a form of assessment

And we: removed them as a form of assessment from all our modules.

You have been able to access course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when I needed to.

And we: are thrilled that all of you agreed with this statement. We have invested money and time in improving our facilities and we are very happy you saw the benefit.

You need a quiet space to work on written assignments.

And we: created a new area on the second floor (The Vista). The room is equipped with three MAC computers for quiet working.

You need a space to practice instruments from other cultures, traditions, music structures and systems.       

And we: have purchased instruments from different areas of the world: India, Peru, Bolivia, Australia, Mongolia, among others. These instruments are used in World Musics lectures. They are stored in a glass cabinet at (the Corner) studio and you can book the practice space and instruments with Ian Bayliss.

You think year 1 students should have better access to recording studios.

And we: made Tim Souster Recording Studio and the Snowdon Studio (in the Clockhouse) available to year1 students, providing suitable help from our technician Ian Bayliss. Both studios have undergone significant upgrades over the past 2 years, providing you with industry standard equipment and facilities that meet the demands of your modules.

You would like access to a printer in the Clockhouse to print special booklet scores.           

And we: discussed this issue and decided that offering students access to a printer raises a number of issues and goes against the university policy of centralizing all printing services.  But we are going to make sure that you are never required to print anything for your assessed work that cannot be produced with the printers in the Library or the SU.

You would like us to make available electric guitars and electric bass guitars and relevant amps for the purpose of practice and recording.    

And we: purchased a new Fender Jazz bass, and a range of new amplifiers and cabinets from Fender, Marshall, Orange and Ampeg.  These are available permanently in our studios and practice rooms.

We want good advice to be available when we need to make study choices on our course

We say: We used to run information sessions on choice of electives at strategic times during the year but they were consistently poorly attended, especially by the students who needed them the most! Therefore we have switched to a one-to-one advice scheme, which clearly requires students to respond to our emails and take the initiative. If we hear nothing from a student we have no choice but to assume that he/she is dealing well with module choices.

You could: get in touch with your personal tutor immediately when you feel you need advice on choices of electives. You could go to the module catalogue website (www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az/) where you find a lots of information about every single module. You can also find the name of each module leader and get in touch with them individually with questions about the modules they teach. They love what they do (!!) so they will be very keen to talk to you about it.

We want the same type of high-end project studio used by our Postgraduate students.

We did: first, we opened up the use of the Postgraduate studio to a selected number of undergraduate students involved in particularly demanding projects. Now we are building a new facility in Studio 4, formerly a computer pool-room. The new Studio 4 will be equipped with state of the art hardware and software for sound design, composition, sound and music for the screen, mixing and mastering, multi-channel mixing and interactivity. It will be suitable for small recording project, Foley recordings and will feature a small green area at the back to welcome musicians, producers and engineers.

We want a broader selection of musical instruments aside the collection of orchestral instruments.

We did: we acquired two drum-kits, one Fender steel-string electro-acoustic guitar, one Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, one Roland GR-55 Guitar Synth with exaphonic pickup, various hand percussions

We want you to improve the recording studios and provide us with more recording and mixing options.

We did: we improved the acoustic response of our studio with installation of acoustic treatments and bass traps. We continued our programme of microphone purchases. Our already rich collection of microphones has been expanded to include two AKG C414 large diaphragm microphones, two Shure SM7B dynamic microphones, two Delta Sontronic Ribbon Microphones, one Shure Beta 91A kick drum microphone, four licenses of Toontrack Superior Drummer, one Akai MPD 226 (MIDI controller). We also expanded our provision of digital camcorders, purchased a GoPro Hero4 Black camcorder, two photographic LED panels and three additional Zoom H2n surround sound portable audio recorders.