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Union Development & Democracy Officer Blog

Hello! I’m Jack and you elected me to be your Union Development and Democracy Officer. It’s my job to help develop KeeleSU to make sure it’s responding to the needs of students while acting as a voice for Keele students on issues and campaigns they care about in the University, local community and nationally.

I graduated in 2020 with a BA in Politics before being elected as your Union Development and Democracy Officer. As a student, I was a Student Ambassador and Chair of the Young Liberals. In my spare time I also enjoy gaming, watching foreign films and reading sci-fi. My favourite band is Röyksopp.

Talk to me about:

  • Making KeeleSU a more welcoming place for everyone
  • The facilities and services that students need
  • Empowering the student voice

 

Email me at su.uddofficer@keele.ac.uk or contact me on social media below: 

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Want to find out more about my plans this year?

Response to Vice Chancellor's Announcement

Today the Vice Chancellor announced that the University would be undertaking a three year financial plan in order to secure its long term financial sustainability. If the University takes no action they face a £4.6 million deficit in the next financial year. They have the reserves to do that for a few years but it is not a sustainable in the long term. Among other things their plan includes a large scale voluntary severance scheme and significant growth in the foundation year and international student recruitment. The intention is to use this plan to generate a surplus and then invest that money back into the University.

We regularly talk to staff who feel they are already overworked and underpaid. A scheme that sees yet more staff leave runs the risk of work being pushed onto an already overworked staffing base, contributing to higher levels of stress. We are concerned that this could lead to a reduction in the quality of teaching, support and student experience.

We, alongside the Keele Postgraduate Association, have begun conversations with representatives from trade unions and senior university staff around how to make sure these changes are done with the interests of students in mind and will continue to do so over the following days, weeks and months.

Myself and George Blake (KPA President) are members of University Council - Keele's board of directors - and have seen the numbers. While we can't talk about commercially confident figures, the trends that are driving this plan are real.

If anyone wishes to talk about this please get in touch at su.uddofficer@keele.ac.uk 

 

UPDATE: The Financial Plan which the Vice Chancellor announced has been made availible to staff and students. Click here to read it. 

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