School of Mathematics and Computer Science Updates

Fri 28 May 2021

Flaming June almost here!

Well after a very soggy and cool May, "May"be June will be better :-)

Remember that your School Reps are still here to support you, so if you have concerns or worries you can still contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

In the meantime I hope you ALL get the results you all worked so hard for 

Fri 12 Mar 2021

Things are looking up

Well the first part of the lockdown is over and the schools are back (for those with young children I can hear the sigh of relief!)

We as your School Reps are now heavily involved with the University to ensure that we continue to get the very best student experience and I hope (without jinxing it) that we may be able to meet in person soon!

Please do keep up to date with the lastest road to reopening news (, this may impact you at some point.

Please keep monitoring your MyWlv app, this will show any scheduling changes 

I want to say that the students during these very turbulent times have been exceptional, and I salute your determination to carry on through all the tribulations of this awful pandemic, I know that with the amount of effort we have put in, our marks should show this, remember the more you put in the more you get out!

Also a massive thanks to the university for stepping up to the challenges, not everything has been perfected but everyone has tried so hard.

So on a final note, if you do have any worries or concerns I am always here for you, please don't hesitate to contact me

Stay safe and take care


School Rep Maths & Computer Science


Fri 26 Feb 2021

Road to Normality

Good News
After the Government announcement, it looks like we may be coming to the end of a truly disruptive year. So far the time being, we all need to check our canvas schedules to see if we will be back on site for practicals,

I suspect that this will not be the case for most of us, but better to be safe than sorry. The new review will be during the Easter Holidays. If everything goes well, we may be allowed to come back to the site. Again please check your canvas schedule.

I am hoping after Easter, life will return to a more standard version, but I suspect that we will still have restrictions of one shape or form for a while. Please do adhere to these so we can return to normal as quickly as possible.

I look forward to seeing everyone again, sitting down over a coffee and talking directly to each other apart, concerns and comments.

Next week I have a university meeting where I hope to get some updates around issues raised earlier in the year.

I am all about supporting YOU, the student, so please do feed through ALL issues, concerns or praise, every single comment is read, and points are raised. As soon as I have answers, this will be fed back to you as quickly as possible.

So until next time, take care and be safe.

Fri 19 Feb 2021

Here to Help

Greetings to my fellow Maths and Computer Science Students

Today I want to go through What is in place from the University to help you study; some of this information can be found here :

In the latest survey from us, the students at the University are pleased that many students report that they enjoy online learning flexibility. However, there is still a large proportion that prefers face to face teaching. I know that the University is planning hard for whenever the Government tells the University that they can reopen. However, I do believe that this will be a cautious approach from them, and I doubt that come the 8th of march, we will all be back on site.

All I can say to those of you struggling at home, there is a lot of help and support from the University. 

In response to the pandemic and the current national lockdown, the University supports students through its trust-based approach to deadline extensions and extenuating circumstances. The extension can only be applied to the initial submission, you can apply for an extension of up to one week in e:Vision

If one additional week is not sufficient, please contact your module leader.

The Government has announced this week a further £50 million that will be distributed to students suffering hardship due to the pandemic. This is being distributed directly by universities, and £716,000 has been allocated to students at the University of Wolverhampton. 

The funding is available to all students experiencing financial hardship and can be used, for example, to help you to pay rent or bills, to buy food or to get IT equipment or wifi access that you need for your studies. 

If you are struggling, please do apply for this. It helps in many ways

  • Log into e:Vison and go to your Student Home Page 
  • Select My Finance and then Scholarships and Bursaries 
  • Select Dennis Turner Hardship Fund 

If you need support with the application process, you can email the Funding team at (include your student number in the email subject). Please also check the Hardship Fund webpages.

We can also access online mental health and wellbeing support 24/7 through Togetherall – an online community monitored by trained clinicians. 

In addition to this, the University has it's own dedicated Mental Health and Wellbeing Service that offers one-to-one support and can signpost you to additional support services. 

Please be safe and take care of yourself; the University and Students Union are all here to support you

Fri 05 Feb 2021

End Of January

As we move out of January I wanted to talk about a key role within the student experience :

Today I want to focus a little bit on the vital importance a course rep has on the student. experience

A day in the life of a Course Rep... is just like any other undergraduate.
You go to class as much as you should, and you perform your usual studies in the same way, the additional requirement is to listen. Listen to the feedback from your class and to any other personal questions they may have. Please pay close attention to your course's misinformation and the organisation problems to later address them and find a solution.
For me, a Course Rep is a person who can help the class when everything is confusing.

There are only a few days you will not live the life of a typical undergraduate. This only happens once per semester and takes 1 to 2 hours. On these days, you have the FAEC  Meeting where you join the other Course Reps to discuss issues, concerns and beneficial feedback (this is as important, the academics need to hear the good that is being done!).

In this meeting, you find how the University is listening to your particular concern and the solution they can offer. You have insights on how academic staff prepare. The problems are often a variety of issues that older Course Reps raised. However, every year the University tries to improve its curriculum and solve the mentioned problems. Your positive feedback is the proof the University solved it.

Typically, there are times when the Course Rep meeting is not scheduled to happen for a few weeks, where the best solution is to schedule an appointment with your lecturer to resolve the situation, or you can escalate this to your School Rep. 

A Course Rep connects the class, connecting everyone in the same group chat or making everyone aware of the social nights. You can mention events and projects the University are doing that relate to your course for some courses.

In reality, there isn't any ordinary day, even for an undergraduate. At least being a Course Rep gives you the chance to fill in the gaps that the course or the lecturer are causing. The department needs your course feedback to understand how deep the hole is and how much help you need to solve it. The role gives you the chance to communicate with everyone from student to Head of Department and even learn from the course's upper-undergraduate experience. But do not be scared as a Course Rep you have the chance to resolve it.

Full training is given, and this role allows you to make a lasting impact on the university and increase your own skills

Remember all stay Covid safe, take care and see you soon for another exciting edition :-)

Wed 27 Jan 2021

End of Semester 1

Greetings fellow Maths and Computer Science Students.


I am still working hard on your behalf, and always available to respond to questions or concerns, Remember we can only improve things if you let us know your problems (positive feedback is also really appreciated)

  • All E-mails from students have been read and actioned where appropriate (please keep them coming)
  • All course reps have been contacted for feedback for the start of Semester 2
  • Meeting with Head of School arranged to forward on several concerns.
  • Kept up to date with all Cornavirus news so that I can give you the latest information if needed (please do keep up to date with this as it has some essential information
  • Meetings have been attended to pass on your comments/concerns and positive feedback; these are all very much welcomed by University staff. As soon as I have answers, I will pass this on.
  • Attended several WhatsApp meetings with students who needed to air concerns
  • I have spoken to the head of FSE regarding students contacting teaching staff due to it being a hectic period. We are looking into this.
  • Course Rep training coming up soon, it would be great to see you there!
  • And the big news of the term . . . we had SNOW!!


“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison.

If you are suffering from the isolation of studying at home, the university does have a wide range of support available, do not suffer alone, we are all here to help.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by e-mail at


Stay safe.


Jeff Thompson

Fri 31 Jul 2020

The end is nigh!!!


(Russian for hello!) Well as we have reached the end of the academic year I wanted to let you know what we have been up tp on your behalf, before I go into this I just want to add that the School Representatives are here for you. We raise your concerns and feedback info to you, we represent you to the best of our ability . . . . but we need to know what your frustrations or concerns are so that we can raise them.

We want to make YOUR  Student Experience the best possible experience but we do need you to come forward to do that..

Sitting Back and relaxing. The Second year went surprisingly quick, it seems like only yesterday I was first going to University and wondering if Python was really a big scary snake or some strange IT initiation ceremony. Suddenly, I am preparing for the final year of my undergraduate degree. I do not regret going to Wolverhampton University at all. Though time has flown, it has not gone without lessons learnt. I thought I would take this time to tell you about the 10 essential things I have learnt from my second year here at Wolverhampton University. Hopefully, you can take this knowledge with you as you all start your undergraduate odyssey in a few months.


1. Everything counts 100% in the Second Year. Most undergraduate courses, the grades you get in the first year don't count for the final classification (but still pass them!!). But in the second year, everything you achieve starts to count towards your degree. This is a big shock, this is "Now Real!" the second year your grades DO count to that final shiny degree. The first year is welcome to University life, and the same attitude might not work for the second year as it did for the opening!


2. Library – take advantage of it: in the first year, I rarely did any essential reading. In the second year, it was hard to convince me to come out of the library. Make sure you benefit from the resources Wolverhampton Universities libraries have to offer. Even better there is a Starbucks across the courtyard . . . just in case of a rehydration emergency


3. Meet with your lecturers:  in the first year, I only met with my personal tutor once for advice with my work. I tried to figure everything out for myself. However, with the second year's grades counting towards my degree, I took my work more earnestly, I used the experience of the academics to evaluate my work. It's an excellent way for them to get to know you more, as well as ensuring that the work you're submitting is your best possible work


4. References: after you finish a module within your degree. If you feel you've done an especially great job, you can ask your lecturers for a reference it is probable they'll be happy to help and provide you one. References can help with work experience across the summer or internships and jobs when you leave University!


5. Who you live with can make a massive difference to your life: who you choose to live within the second year can hugely influence the experience at University. THe people that you live with should be at the least tolerable but shoudl be more exceptional. If you're always struggling with people, it'll make University seem intolerable – which is unquestionably the very last thing it should be! My advice is to live with people you understand well, you get along with and do their dishes in a reasonable amount of time and make the odd coffee run never hurt


6. Home: make sure you find the time to go back home this year. During the first year, everything is all geared around trying to get to know the people you live with and the people on your course that there is rarely any time to go home and visit your family and friends. In the second year, make sure to go and visit your parents, (of course, only if you want to!) as it's a great way to help reduce stress and come back to feeling at one with yourself.


7. Friends: sometimes amid all the anxiety and worries about assignments and exams, it's hard to appreciate the small things your friends do for you. Simple things such as asking if you're okay or bringing you a cup of ta or coffee are the best!. The second-year really opened my eyes to who my real friends are here at University. I made it my mission to know that I appreciate their support and to ensure I provided them with the support they also needed throughout their life at University. Like with any academic stage we all need our friends to help us to get along.


8. Relax and breathe: We all forget that we need to take time for ourselves to just relax and bring us individually back to ground. Sometimes it's difficult to forget that these grades are not who we are—just something we've accomplished.


9. To Party or Not to party that is the question: I felt I didn't have time with the amount of work I wanted to put into my degree. Some people analysed me for this and declared I wasn't embracing University student life. But, going out does not define your reality at University. Of course, it is a lot of pleasure to go and enjoy time with friends – but if you don't, that doesn't mean you cannot have a great time in other ways. Do not feel peer pressured to do things you don't want to do because that is what is expected of you as a University student.


10. Remember that it's nearly over: I was so busy trying to do my work this year that didn't see the fact that my undergraduate experience is almost over. This time next year, I will have finished my degree, and I will be moving on to the next thing. Being able to understand that my time here at University is limited makes me appreciate the experience more. Seize every moment as it occurs and enjoy yourself. These ARE THE BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE!!!


I wish you all the best for your summer break, Plase do feel free to engage with me, send me your concerns or worries, we are all at UNI together

And now by popular demand . . . a Dad joke


I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down!


See you next Year 


Jeff Thompson


Tue 16 Jun 2020

Thoughts for the Future

G'day All (in my best Australian accent). I have been feeling very thoughtful recently, please do read the below:

COVID 19, who would have thought the mutation of a single molecule round the other side of the world has changed learning at every level, virtually overnight. Universities and schools are necessarily redesigning their education and learning to provide for students of all ages to operate at home. While this proposes enormous practical issues, it also examines some of our cultural and academic opinions about what learning can and should resemble. There may be longer-term policy implications if we can reflect appropriately on the lessons to be discovered from the educational world’s reply to the pandemic.

The nature of that answer has varied across the educational sector. University campuses are empty as teaching and assessment have moved online.

The first notable change that we have seen then is that the place-based nature of learning has been tested. although too early to gauge the success of online, distance or remote education, necessity has undoubtedly been the mother of invention and produced a new range of online resources. 

The effort that academics have put into this work over the last few weeks should not be undervalued: typically rewriting education and learning materials is something that takes months and follows precise planning.

Has it been successful? Several providers are addressing this in different ways, with some developing online tests and assessments.

More basically than where people study and how they are judged, we might turn to the question of precisely what learning is. What is education for? What is essential in education? And how then should it be organised? There is data that as well as setting necessary subject-based work for learners at home, the best institutions are also examining broader aspects of education and thinking about how students build relationships.

This provides a fun challenge to the false dichotomy between a knowledge-based curriculum and what is frequently termed progressive education. 

The skill of the teacher is in determining how best to sequence studying to build knowledge and understanding, but at the same time creating this within an atmosphere that nourishes the acquisition of abilities and the growth of strong beliefs and relationships. This is why the best educators have forever drawn on a variety of tools, from experiments to repeated skills improvement, through discussion and debate, to didactic education from the front. This last method is the one that is easiest to replicate online, but it is clearly not enough for education in its widest sense, neither does it necessarily meet the needs of all learners. Moving learning out of the normal area is forcing us to think about what is essential in education.

Perhaps it will take a pandemic to improve our focus. Maybe imposed lockdown will help us to create a new standard in which students don’t have to fit into a classroom for hours a day. There’s also a chance that we’ll join in a new public discussion about the significance and meaning of education. At times like this, we have to be optimistic.

Hope that provokes a few thoughts, remember your school reps ARE STILL HERE for you, please do come forward with any concerns or even praise!

Check out our Facebook page:

As always please feel free to contact me at

And keep an eye on the universities COVID 19 page:

To end, a dad joke :-)

I used to work in a shoe recycling shop. It was sole destroying.

Take care and stay safe


Mon 01 Jun 2020

Flaming June is here!

Good Morning All,

As we take out first tentative steps back to the new normal, I want to assure you that ALL your school reps are still working hard on your behalf to push messages that concern you and to ensure that your issues are heard,

We have also launched a live Facebook event (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) where different school reps will be live so you can ask questions, air your concerns etc., please do use these events as we want your student experience to be the best possible, I know that things are rough at the moment, the university can offer all types of support:

And a motivational quote. 

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." — Malcolm X"

And a Dad joke:

"If a child refuses to sleep during nap time, are they guilty of resisting a rest?"

I hope you get your 2nd-semester results soon, and all your hard work pays off, remember you can drop me an email t at any time with any concerns and I will deal with them.

Take care all, and stay safe!

Wed 06 May 2020

Still working for you

First of all, a dad joke as is my tradition :-)

Don't use "beef stew" as a computer password. It's not stroganoff.

Supporting your friends and family

During this time, it is essential to look out for each other. Here are some things you can do to support your loved ones:

  • Reach out - stay connected with people even if you can't see each other in person - send a text, make a call or be inventive online with your university community.
  • Check-in - ask how this is affecting your friends and family, and if there is anything you can do to help each other. Check-in with those who might be at more of risk during this time to see if there is anything you can do to help.
  • Stay informed - make sure you are following and sharing reliable information from trusted sources. 

Staying at home and your mental health

Currently, everybody in the UK is being asked to remain at home. The likelihood of not being able to leave your house much, if at all, perhaps upsetting, and could affect your mental well-being. This is why you must take proactive steps to give yourself a feeling of normalcy, keep a routine, and do things you enjoy. Some samples of things you can do include:

  • Stay in touch - keep in touch with your family and friends, you can still connect from a distance - call your friend, have a video-call catch up with your family or check in with someone on social media.
  • Continue the things you enjoy - try reading that novel you've meant to start, watch that new series or try a new craft.
  • Get into a daily routine - you might find it valuable to plan out your time in advance and know what you are doing each day, so you have something to look ahead to. 
  • Look after your personal environment - create a space that you can use and feel comfortable in.
  • Take a break from social media if you need to - if the updates are getting too much, it is okay to take a step back. 
  • Check-in with your university and students' union - this will help you to understand any changes to your course and assessments, where you can go for assistance and institution-specific updates.

As always the school representatives are HERE FOR YOU, you can still get in touch by email, if you want a call back I can also do that, my email address is

Don't be alone, we are all here to support you.

Tue 28 Apr 2020

Lockdown or Find yourself time

G' day all

Well with lockdown still with us I just wanted to say:

School Reps are still working away on your behalf. If you are having issues, please don't hesitate to contact me at I can raise your concerns (I can even do it anonymously) if you prefer that.

You are not alone; We still have regular calls with senior staff and everything raised with me or other school reps ARE passed onto the Academic team, I can promise you that I will feedback everything I get even if it is not known yet! (like how long the lockdown will be!)

Now my plea is done, moving on how about a "dad joke."

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down!

While I wait for you all to stop laughing hysterically . . . 

"It always seems impossible until it's done." ~Nelson Mandela

I have recently attended several calls with senior academics, and one thing I can pass onto you is that they ARE listening and they are taking your views on board, it is vital that you still engage with us, if we don't know the issues we can't raise them!

Please do check the coronavirus page with the latest update :

One thing that I urge all students to do is to carry on engaging with your studies, carry on doing the work, and above all. Succeed we all can rise over adversity!

I look forward to hearing from as many people as possible in the near future. I will leave you with one piece of advice.

If someone says injecting bleach is a good idea to kill Coronavirus . . . Don't follow that advice its not a good idea!!!!


Thu 02 Apr 2020

You are not ALONE!!

April is already . .

Good morning Fellow students, well we are into April already . . . and you know what that means Christmas is only 267 days away (as of 2nd April).

For those who are obeying the government instructions to stay indoors I can appreciate how difficult it is (I have two young girls!)

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” —Laozi

The link to the government’s coronavirus website is here:

Remember although it is difficult please do still engage with your studies this is still essential, if you do have any issues or problem then please feel free to contact me at

The university is still offering lots of support. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Please see below for a helpful link:

There is a GREAT article for students which is the Assessment, Progression & Award sent on 1st April 2020, please read here:

There is also a very good page where you can leave messages, share tips etc, this is located here:

Remember you are not alone, if you are coping well, then share those thoughts, phone a friend, have a chat, ask them how they are. Together we are stronger and together we will prosper and come out stronger, wiser and more confident than before

Wed 25 Mar 2020

Supporting YOU!!

Good Afternoon my fellow students,

Well, we are indeed living in exciting times, I have never known a situation as it stands today, but in adversity, we find out "who" we are, I have seen many acts of kindness. These make the entire situation worthwhile, where we all come together as one nation and one community for the betterment of all (. . . wipes a tear away! )

Just to re-iterate NHS advice as of today:

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Even when doing the above try and stay AT LEAST 2 meters apart.

Although we can't visit people, a call a day keeps the doctor away. People in isolation need that contact . . . so pick up that phone and call a friend, have a chat, ask them how they are just having that moral support is incredible.

That brings me to University life, again we are experiencing a unique, fast-changing fluid situation where things are changing on a daily basis. I would encourage you all to carry on studying, engage with the academic staff, and still do your best.

Did you know you can still book SAMS appointments if you are struggling to understand something?

Also, the final hands in's have been given a 2-week extension.

All your SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES are still here, actively engaging with staff and raising your concerns about online learning, HOWEVER, we can only do this if you TELL us what your concerns are so please, let me know of ANY difficulties you are having and we can see about resolving them

Some of the items I have already raised are:

  • Students with impairments not having the normal university support available at home
  • Information slow to emerge (on this I would say that these are exceptional times and as these are complicated issues it can take some time to disseminate this information)
  • Lack of access to IT Hardware (PC or Laptop to do online courses)
  • Clarity around exams

Finally, it brings me onto the point of the University advice, please see the following link as this changes as the hours pass by:

Be strong! reach out to those who may be feeling isolated (by phone or online only please!!) and TOGETHER we will make it through the other side

Wishing you all the best and remember I am still HERE for YOU!!

As always please reach out and contact me at


Fri 20 Mar 2020

Did someone say . . . VIRUS!

Well for my latest update I am going just to say one thing. It will be ok! As long as we all follow the guidelines set out by the NHS, the British bulldog spirit will see us through.

As Churchill so eloquently put it

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight the virus on the beaches; we shall fight the virus on the landing grounds, we shall fight the virus in the fields and the streets, we shall fight the virus in the hills; we shall never surrender to Covid-19!!

After that rousing speech, I want to assure all students that the university is doing its best to protect you.   School representatives and we are STILL HERE TO SUPPORT YOU!!

The university page for information around Coronavirus (Covid-19) is

Please don’t hesitate to contact the school reps if you have any issues with offline learning or any problems with any aspect of your education please do get in touch. We are here for you!

In other news . . .

  • I am still responding to all comments sent to me.
  • I am still raising and logging all incidents sent to me.
  • I am still reading your e-mails.
  • Please do check CANVAS and e-mails, as although the university is shut for face to face meetings, learning and lectures are still ongoing!

As a snapshot in the last week, I have raised four issues on behalf of the students within the School of Maths and Computer Science.

If you need to contact me for any reason use my “work” e-mail address

*** Breaking News ***

A plea from the Academic Staff, they are working hard behind the scenes to answer all your legitimate concerns. However, with the scale of the number of students and the complexity of redoing a lot of the planning, it is taking them longer to respond than usual, so a bit of patience would be great. You will get answers . . . . soon™

In the meantime, I hope you all take care of yourselves and I look forward to seeing everyone as soon as things get back to normal

Fri 13 Mar 2020

The life and Times . . .

Greetings fellow students.

I recently attended the FAEC meeting on your behalf, this is where I raise concerns that you as the students have raised with me for an official response, I can honestly say that the Academic and non-academic staff welcome and embrace your opinions and views and we need more of them.

A very famous quote by Benjamin Franklin states :

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin"

That is why we need you INVOLVED, this is YOUR student experience and the Course Reps, School Reps, Academic and non-academic staff NEED your input to help improve things. So if there is ANYTHING you are not happy with, or even if there is something you are delighted with . . . . PLEASE let us know, we need your input

"“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison"

Best Regards

Jeff Thompson





Wed 11 Mar 2020

Welcome! What is a School Rep and what do we do

One sunny dry warm winter day (OK it was pouring with rain, freezing cold and blowing a gale . . but i like to look on the bright side of life). I decided to myself that the School of Maths and Computer Science is a GREAT place to learn, fantastic, well run and thoroughly enlightening, but I couldn't help feel that something was missing (and no it wasn't a fresh cup of coffee) then it hit me, and because I had a lack of caffeine in my system it hit me again to wake me up!   We need a link between the Students and the Academic Staff.

This is where the School Representative comes in. We are ALWAYS listening for your input. we WANT your voice to be heard. At the end of the day we all pay a lot of money to attend, and for that we should ensure that if anything is not right with your course or your experience you have the right to say so, and I am ALWAYS open to hear these and to feedback your concenrs (or even your compliments, Academic Staff like these too :-)

At present I am engaged with the Head of school to present differnt issues and I can assure you that ALL items will be presented. in some cases what you want can't be done (Free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts everyday for life is unlikely to be approved!) But whatever the outcome I WILL close the feedback loop and let you know the outcome either way.

So one last PLEA!!! Please let me know your opions, after all my crystal ball does not work very well (or it might just need a clean) and I need you to tell me about ANY issues

Thanks for reading


Jeff Thompson

School Representative Maths & Computer Science