St George’s has recently introduced a new digital student voice platform called Unitu. This is a transparent online space where students, year reps and staff can ask questions, give praise, post ideas, or raise, discuss and resolve both course-related and more general university issues.
Students will be able to post on a private board made up of members of their course and, should a post receive significant engagement, a year rep will then pass the message on to a public board for staff to respond to. Unitu will create a transparent platform for student-staff engagement and timely responses, complementing the existing annual Student Experience Survey and modular Student Online Teaching Survey.
Unitu, which has proved transformative for other universities, has been trialled by Paramedic Science, Global Health and Healthcare Science staff and students before Christmas to test its functionality and to help tailor the platform to St George’s. There was a ‘beta launch’ across all programmes on Friday 14th February which enabled staff and students to see Unitu in action and collaborate to develop the platform for its full launch at the start of the next academic year.
Student Engagement Officer, Jeff Saddington-Wiltshire, commented “We are passionate about delivering the best possible experience to students, and Unitu will help with this. I’ve seen Unitu work incredibly well at other universities and I can’t wait for students at St George’s to see it too!”
You can find a short video explaining the Unitu platform and if you have any queries, please email Jeff Saddington-Wiltshire, Student Engagement Officer.