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The role of the Student Consultative Forums (SCF)

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries has a range of feedback mechanisms that student members have available to them to provide feedback on their educational experience with the IFoA. The main methods are through the various IFoA Student Consultative Forums.

Our student forums meet twice a year, around 6 weeks after each examination sitting. They receive student feedback on a wide range of topics; the exam centres, examination papers, the curriculum and work-experience requirements.

UK and Ireland Student Consultative Forum 

The UK & Ireland Student Consultative Forum is made up of representatives from various regional communities across the UK and Ireland.

You can find out who your local student representative is, details and minutes off past meetings and contact information on the UK and Ireland Student Consultative Forum page.

Global Student Consultative Forums

The IFoA supports 6 Global Student Consultative Forums ensure that we give our global student membership a voice to their educational experience with the IFoA.

  • Americas
  • Europe
  • Africa and the Middle East
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand

You can find out who your local student representative is, details and minutes off past meetings and contact information on the Global Student Consultatve Forums page

The role of a student consultative representative

A student consultative representative is expected to:

  • engage with the student community in their region, encouraging participation in shaping the quality of the student experience
  • collate and summarise feedback in preparation for the meeting
  • raise any concerns or questions presented to them, which they believe would affect the majority of students, with the IFoA executive staff outside of the two main meetings 
  • discuss feedback during the ‘representative-only’ section of the meeting and present the consolidated view of the group to the main meeting for discussion
  • remain impartial and speak on behalf of the majority of students.

Students engaging with the student consultative representatives are required to:

  • adhere to the Actuaries' Code at all times when working with student representatives and respect their role as part of their Student Consultative Forum
  • explain clearly and succinctly what their concerns are and why they would like them discussed at their SCF meeting.

Other Feedback Mechanisms

Annual Student Survey

The IFoA runs its annual student survey in November each year and asks a range of question about the student experience over the last 11 months. These results and comments are then analysed and sent to key IFoA committees for consideration.

Post-Exam Survey

After each exams sitting, students who take IFoA exams are invited to fill in a short survey about their experience leading up to, during and after the exams. These comments and results are given to your local SCF or GSCF member ahead of the various student consultative forums.

Exam Centre Comments Sheet

If students experience and problems or issues at their exam centre, they can complete the Exam Centre comments sheet. These are collected and analysed by the Examination team here at the IFoA which are to decide if that exam centre should be used again. It’s important to note, that if you experience any significant issue at your exam centre that you believe impacted your performance then you should consider completing a Mitigating Circumstance application within 7 days of sitting your exam.

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Contact Details

Education Services Team

education.services@actuaries.org.uk

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, 1st Floor, Park Central, 40/41 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1JD

+44 01865 268207

We aim to respond to all enquiries within two working days.

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