How do I raise a concern about my HE course at East Surrey College?
Informal Stage One:
- Raise the issue informally with your course leader. This is best done in an email so there is a record. If you cannot talk to your course leader for whatever reason, you should raise it with your Head of Department.
Alternatively, or additionally:
- If the issue affects others too, raise it via your student representative at your Course Board. This is best done for issues that affect some or all of your group. This means the concern is minuted, and the Department must provide a more formal response. If the Course Board is not at a convenient time, the issue should be raised as per (1).
The vast majority of issues are resolved at Stage One.
Informal Stage Two:
- If the issue is not resolved within your Department, you should raise it with the Head of Higher Education who will informally discuss your concern with a senior manager – or potentially at the College HE Board if it is a serious and/or group issue. This is chaired by the Deputy Principal and is minuted.
Formal Stage One (Internal):
- The College has a Client Feedback Policy (link). Complete a Client Feedback Form from Client Services or via this link if the stages above have not produced a resolution. This means your formal concern will be logged as official and will come to the attention of a member of the College Executive Team. However, they will expect that the informal stages have been exhausted first. You will receive an official response in a timely manner. Once internal stages are exhausted, you should then be given a "Completion of Procedures" letter by the College.
Formal Stage Two (External):
- If you are a HE student studying for a degree (rather than a Higher National qualification), you can ask for your concern to be escalated to the partner university. This will then follow their own complaint procedure as detailed in their own guidance. They will expect that the previous stages have been exhausted first.
Formal Stage Three (External):
- In the unlikely event that your concern has still not been resolved, for certain types of issue, you are able to take it to an independent body – The Office of the Independent Adjudicator. Their website www.oiahe.org.uk gives full details of how to raise an issue with them and what issues they are able to deal with. They will expect that the previous stages have been exhausted first.