Degree in Labour Relations
[NB: unless stated otherwise, the information here is for the 2013-14 academic year]
A Little Background
The labour relations programme began in the Balearic Islands under the title 'Labour Relations Specialist', which was overseen by the Ministry of Employment. The 'Labour Relations Specialist' diploma started teaching in 1990 at the UIB-affiliated School of Labour Relations based in the Palma Seminary. Two years later, the programme was renamed 'Diploma in Labour Relations'.
This programme started to be phased out in 2010 until the diploma and School were no longer in operation. Meanwhile, the UIB incorporated the Degree in Labour Relations programme into its teaching during the 2010-11 academic year. The first graduates from the programme were awarded their degrees in 2014.
Currently, there are 169 students on the Labour Relations programme. The following figures paint a broad picture of our students: 66% are women, 33% are over 30, 47% join the university from high school, 33% from vocational training and 14% join after the age of 25.
Entry onto Programmes, Attendance and Results
The UIB offers 45 new places. In turn, two places are offered to students from other programmes or universities. The admission mark from the 2013-14 academic year for students with high school and vocational diplomas was 5.56 for July entry (no students were admitted in September).
Full-time students are required to pass 24 credits in their first year and a total of 60 for the first two years to remain on their degree programme.
The average number of students passing subjects compared to total enrolled students is currently 79%.
A total of 78.7% of students believe they attain the degree skillset, 17.2% state they do so half-way and 1.7% believe they do not attain the skillset at all. Finally, students have stated they are fairly satisfied with their studies (2.98 on a scale of 1-4) and with what they are learning (3.12).
External Placements and Professional Career Pathways
Students are able to experience professional practice from the third year and those students who undertake 150 placement hours at an office, company or institution can benefit firstly from tutelage and then credit recognition by the faculty.
We have no graduate employment figures to date.
How Teaching is organised
Teaching on the Degree in Labour Relations is done in a single afternoon group, comprising between 40 and 50 students and totalling 10 hours per week. The timetable is from 5 to 8:45 pm, normally three days a week.
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There are around twenty lecturers involved in teaching on the degree. Around half are university lecturers (professors, senior lecturers, contracted lecturers and assistants), who split their time between teaching and research. The other half are professionals who collaborate with the university as associate lecturers and provide their practical skills.
Students can provide feedback in teaching quality assessment surveys. The average mark received by lecturers from students was 6.5/10 in the 2012-13 academic year.
All teaching takes place in the Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos building. The building also houses admin services, a library, a computer room, teamwork rooms and tables, a photocopy centre, a cafeteria, etc. Most of the lecturers' offices are also in the same building.
Students are represented on both the Faculty Board and on the Degree Quality Committee. At the start of the year, students elect delegates from each year, who meet with the faculty management team at certain intervals.
Students can also send their comments and suggestions to the management team in several ways or through the quality surveys run throughout the year.