Find out all about Student Staff Liaison Committees (SSLCS), who they are and what they do.

Student Staff Liaison Committees (SSLC)

Student Staff Liaison Committees (SSLCS) serve as a formal channel for effective communication between students and staff (both academic and professional services) in each School or Institute, that give students the opportunity to reflect and give feedback on their programme of study and wider aspects of their experience. SSLCs are a vital instrument of Queen Mary University of London’s procedures for assuring academic standards, enhancing the student experience and embedding the student voice.

All students studying at Queen Mary, part-time and full-time, undergraduate and postgraduate, taught and research including those on distance learning or collaborative programmes, can be involved in SSLCs.


What is the membership of SSLCs?

Student Staff Liaison Committees are made up of both student representatives, known as course representatives, and university staff members. For more information relating to course reps, please refer to ‘What is a Course Rep?’.

Also, depending on your level of study and your School or Institute, the membership of the Student Staff Liaison Committee may differ. Below, you can find more information relating to the structure of your SSLC.

  • Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science & Engineering.
  • Postgraduate taught students in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science & Engineering.
  • Postgraduate research students in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science & Engineering.
  • Students in the School of Medicine and Dentistry (those on the MBBS, BDS and PA programmes only).
  • Students in the School of Medicine and Dentistry (those studying non-clinical SMD programmes, including PGT and PGR students).

If you are a staff member wishing to find out more SSLCs or Course Reps, please refer to ‘Information for staff’.

Undergraduate Student Staff Liaison Committees

Note: information on this section is related only to SSLCs for Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science & Engineering, inclusive of Joint Honours students.

Undergraduate SSLCs serve as a formal channel for effective communication between undergraduate students and staff (both academic and professional services) in each School that give students the opportunity to reflect and give feedback on their programme of study and wider aspects of their experience.


How are UG SSLCs structured?

Undergraduate SSLCs follow a general structure, as set out by the Education Manual: the governing document of SSLCs.

There should be at minimum 1 course representative per course; with at least 2 course representatives if the course has more than 20 students. The School Representative of the corresponding School should be invited to the SSLC in a non-compulsory fashion. The student co-chair should be agreed from amongst the elected student representatives, either through an election or direct appointment to the SSLC, either before the first SSLC of the academic year or at the first meeting of the committee.

Joint Honours students are expected to attend the SSLC of both their ‘home’ School and ‘joint’ School but should prioritise their ‘home’ School in the first instance.

The staff membership of the SSLC should include the Head of School (or, in most instances, a nominee), the Senior Tutor, or equivalent, and other academic staff as agreed. Professional Services staff such as Library or IT staff should also be invited as agreed and when necessary. The secretary, or note taker, should be a member of staff from the School.

Please note that individual Schools may operate SSLCs in different ways that stated above. In the first instance, please contact the School’s Student Support Officer to find out the exact nature of your School’s SSLC.

Postgraduate Taught Student Staff Liaison Committees

Note: information on this section is related only to SSLCs for Postgraduate Taught students in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

Postgraduate Taught SSLCs serve as a formal channel for effective communication between postgraduate taught students and staff (both academic and professional services) in each School that give students the opportunity to reflect and give feedback on their programme of study and wider aspects of their experience.


How are PGT SSLCs structured?

Undergraduate SSLCs follow a general structure, as set out by the Education Manual: the governing document of SSLCs.

There should be 1 course representative per programme. The School Representative of the corresponding School and Postgraduate Taught Representative of the Faculty should be invited to the SSLC in a non-compulsory fashion. The student co-chair should be agreed from amongst the elected student representatives, either through an election or direct appointment to the SSLC, either before the first SSLC of the academic year or at the first meeting of the committee.

The staff membership of the SSLC should include the Head of School (or, in most instances, a nominee), the Senior Tutor, or equivalent, and other academic staff as agreed. Professional Services staff such as Library or IT staff should also be invited as agreed and when necessary. The secretary, or note taker, should be a member of staff from the School.

Please note that individual Schools may operate SSLCs in different ways that stated above, where some Schools do combine the Undergraduate and Postgraduate SSLCs. In the first instance, please contact the School’s Student Support Officer to find out the exact nature of your School’s SSLC.

Postgraduate Research Student Staff Liaison Committees

Note: information on this section is related only to SSLCs for Postgraduate Research students in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

Postgraduate Research SSLCs serve as a formal channel for effective communication between postgraduate research students and staff (both academic and professional services) in each School that give students the opportunity to reflect and give feedback on their programme of study and wider aspects of their experience.


How are PGR SSLCs structured?

Postgraduate Research SSLCs follow a general structure, as set out by the Education Manual: the governing document of SSLCs.

There should be 1 course representative, as a minimum, per year of the programme. Postgraduate Research Representative of the Faculty should also be invited to the SSLC, but it is optional for them to attend. The student co-chair should be agreed from amongst the elected student representatives. The co-chair should be appointment through an election or direct appointment to the SSLC, either before the first SSLC of the academic year or at the first meeting of the committee.

The staff membership of the SSLC should include the Head of School (or, in most instances, a nominee), the Senior Tutor, or equivalent, and other academic staff as agreed. Professional Services staff such as Library or IT staff should also be invited as agreed and when necessary. The secretary, or note taker, should be a member of staff from the School.

Please note that individual Schools may operate SSLCs in different ways that stated above. In the first instance, please contact the School’s Student Support Officer or Director of Graduate Studies to find out the exact nature of your School’s SSLC.

School of Medicine and Dentistry (MBBS, BDS & PA only) Student Staff Liaison Committees

Note: information on this section is related only to SSLCs for students studying MBBS, BDS and PA programmes in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. For information relating to SSLCs of other SMD programmes (often referred to as ‘Allied Courses’) please refer here.

MBBS and BDS SSLCs serve as a formal channel for effective communication between undergraduate medical and dental students and staff (both academic and professional services) in each School that give students the opportunity to reflect and give feedback on their programme of study and wider aspects of their experience.


How are MBBS SSLCs structured?

MBBS SSLCs follow a general structure, as set out by the Education Manual: the governing document of SSLCs.

There should be 5 elected course representative positions for all MBBS years (for Graduate Entry Programme Year 1, there is usually 2 representatives due to a smaller cohort). There should also be one elected course representative position for intercalating students in Medicine. The BLSA President should be invited to the SSLC in a non-compulsory fashion. The Junior MBBS SSLC (years 1 and 2) should be co-chaired by the Pre-clinical Representative. The Senior MBBS SSLC (years 3, 4 and 5) should be co-chaired by the Clinical Representative.

The staff membership of the SSLC should include the Institute Director (or, in most instances, a nominee), the Senior Tutor, or equivalent, and other academic staff as agreed. Professional Services staff such as Library or IT staff should also be invited as agreed and when necessary.

The secretary, or note taker, of the Junior and Senior MBBS SSLC should be a staff member appointed by the SSLC.


How is BDS SSLCs structured?

BDS SSLCs follow a general structure, as set out by the Education Manual: the governing document of SSLCs.

Course Representatives for Dentistry are elected from within the Dental Society (DentSoc) There should be 6 course representatives for BDS – BDS1, BDS2, BDS3, BDS4 and two for BDS5. There is also a representative for each year of the BSc Oral Health programme. The BLSA President should be invited to the SSLC in a non-compulsory fashion. The BDS SSLC should be co-chaired by the Dental President.

The staff membership of the SSLC should include the Head of Institute (or, in most instances, a nominee), the Senior Tutor, or equivalent, and other academic staff as agreed. Professional Services staff such as Library or IT staff should also be invited as agreed and when necessary.

The secretary, or note taker, of the BDS SSLC should be the Dental Society’s secretary, elected by students.


How are Physician Associates (PA) SSLCs structured?

PA SSLCs follow a general structure, as set out by the Education Manual: the governing document of SSLCs.

There should be 2 elected course representative positions for all PA years. The BLSA President should be invited to the SSLC in a non-compulsory fashion. The student co-chair should be agreed from amongst the elected student representatives, either through an election or direct appointment to the SSLC, either before the first SSLC of the academic year or at the first meeting of the committee.

The staff membership of the SSLC should include the Institute Director (or, in most instances, a nominee), the Senior Tutor, or equivalent, and other academic staff as agreed. Professional Services staff such as Library or IT staff should also be invited as agreed and when necessary.

The secretary, or note taker, of the PA SSLC should be a staff member appointed by the SSLC.

School of Medicine and Dentistry (non-clinical programmes) Student Staff Liaison Committees

Note: information on this section is related only to SSLCs for students studying courses other than MBBS, BDS and PA programmes in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, including PGT and PRG students. For information relating to SSLCs of MBBS, BDS and PA programmes of the School, please see above.

SSLCs serve as a formal channel for effective communication between non-clinical students and staff (both academic and professional services) in each Institute that give students the opportunity to reflect and give feedback on their programme of study and wider aspects of their experience.


How are the SSLCs structured?

Currently under review. Please check back soon for an updated explanation.