A lot has happened since the summer so I thought I would give you some updates about what I've been up to this semester!
Last week, the University confirmed that the Keele App will be back from the start of next semester! This should mean that you can access your timetable from your phone in the new year. Although it should never have got to this stage, it is a massive win for students and demonstrates the power of the student voice to make change.
Student Voice Reps
Alongside the Student Voice team we rebranded ‘StARs’ and renamed them ‘Student Voice Representatives’. We had a record level of engagement and introduced ‘Lead School Voice Reps’ and ‘Sustainability Voice Reps’ for this academic year.
Electronic Attendance Monitoring and Free Printing Policies
At KeeleSU’s Union General Meeting in November, motions were passed about Electronic Attendance Monitoring and free printing. I’ll be spending some of the holidays drafting these policies before sharing them with you!
Get it in Writing
A couple of weeks ago I launched my ‘Get it in Writing’ campaign. Whenever you meet with your tutor or an academic and you’re unsure of what was discussed and you need further clarification you should send them an email to make sure you’re doing the right thing. You can view the video here:
Communication with Students
As the Vice-Chancellor mentioned in his ‘Season's Greetings’ email, communication is sometimes difficult. As an elected officer team we have been working with Marketing and Student Services to ensure that communication with students about key issues such as parking, laundrettes and accommodation is better in the future.
Lack of study space has been a massive issue in the last few years, especially due to the recent growth in student numbers. I’ve been working with the library to make sure that the space in there is utilised properly, especially for visually impaired students. I’ve encouraged the University to show students how to book rooms outside of the library and pushed for IT suites to be open later and over the weekends. We’re still encouraging the University to invest in K2 as it has the potential to be a flexible study space during the day and a night club in the evening.
This is just a snippet of what I’ve been up to, but I thought it was time for an update! If you feel like there is something else I should be working on, please let me know. I hope you have a lovely break over Christmas and you get the chance to have some time to relax! If you need anything over the Christmas period feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Facebook or Twitter.