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Representing Your Interests

We want to assure you that the Student Officer Team has been working hard to represent your concerns to the University and lobby the Government on priority issues for students at this time.

Over and above continually representing students' interests to the Senior Management Team of the University, here's some of the things that the Team have been working on for you over the past number of weeks:

Academic

  • Representing students' views and concerns over academic issues such as: alternative methods of assessments and access to materials
  • Represented final year students' concerns about their Graduation and sought and secured clarity from the University that virtual ceremonies would be taking place in addition to and not as a replacement of their physical ceremonies, and that these would take place when safe to do so
  • Are working with the University senior management to identify ways in which students can be meaningfully involved in the online learning process
  • Have gathered feedback from Postgraduate Students on their specific needs and have made recommendations to and are working with the University to implement these
  • Are representing the particular issues some further groups of students face, such as international students and those on placement
  • Are promoting the various options available to you regarding alternative assessments and assigned marks so you are fully informed of your options

Money

  • Successfully lobbied the Government to extend Discretionary Support funding to full-time students suffering financial hardship
  • Have been working with NUS to support its Student Safety New Campaign, calling on government to give all students: access to a national hardship fund; and the option to repeat, be reimbursed or have their debt written off for the year
  • Confirmed an increase from the University to the Student Hardship Fund
  • Developed a referral process for students to local foodbanks
  • Secured confirmation that private sector student workers can be registered as furloughed to receive 80% of their wages and are working to see this implemented on campus too
  • Are lobbying politicians to allow student renters to leave their tenancy early with no financial penalty and ban evictions
  • Are lobbying politicians on more student financial support

Welfare

  • Secured confirmation from the University that the mental health resources for students remain in place remotely and are made available more widely if necessary
  • Worked with Queen’s to help international students get home safely and in their VISA related issues

Community

Strengthening the Voice of our Student Reps

  • Launched a Student Rep Forum so that our 750+ Student Reps can make them more easily aware of student issues
  • Are holding weekly Course Rep Forums to hear students' views, answer questions, and escalate issues to senior staff of the University

We'll keep updating you on our efforts to represent you and your interests during this difficult time.

 

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