Since the Coronavirus Outbreak the GSU Officer team have been representing your needs to the University through meetings and policy consultations. Many of the decisions below will have been made quickly to ensure your needs are prioritised while the University planned alternative arrangements. GSU Officers use student insight gained from surveys and conversations to guide their decisions, as well as the personal experiences of the GSU Officers themselves.
Decision made: 28th September 2020
GSU Officers have written a letter to Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Harrington with their recommendations and stance. You can read the letter here.
Decision made: 21st May 2020
Wednesday teaching policy to be paused for the academic year 2020/21. To be reviewed on 1 SEC for next year. To ease timetabling and ensure student safety of students and staff when accessing labs.
Those who lost their Internship were given a alternative option to successfully complete their studies
To support student welling and giving proper information to our PGR students related to their Phd. Ensure PGR students are supported, such as the ability to recover time lost at no extra financial cost.
Decision made: 19th May 2020
university gyms were closed due to covid 19 so a refund of membership was given
Decision made: 20th May 2020
A discount of £120 was agreed to stayed in halls over the period 1 April to 21 June. Money back for students to reflect change in service.
Decision made: 20th April 2020
Online Student Panels to remain an option for students. ACTION: There will need to be a conversation with the New head of registry. More accessable for students. Gives them options to choose from which enables them to be as comfortable as possible when in a panel.
Online access to student hardship. ACTION: Call for a review of students accessing the hardship, with demographic breakdown and success rates. Ease of access to hardhip funds. To achieve a better understanding of students facing hardship.
Keep online awards content. More accessable if content is online furing/post awards evenings. Awards become more accessable and viewable at any time to students without cost.
Teams/group should be celebrated throughout the year and online presence is worth keeping. Recognise students throughout the year. To improve our standing with groups. Student groups feel supported and appreciated.
Officer to keep an audit trail of decisions and policy work. Useful to keep track of all decisions and identify outstanding decisions.
Officers posting regular updates on social media - including policy digests + VC Online Interview. Engagement with VC is good. Easier for students to understand changes if broken down by officers. Clear communication of current circumstances and/or changes to students.
Allows as many students as possible to have access to technology that will compliment their studies.
University providing Computers and laptops for students to take home – Awareness of digital poverty. Allows as many students as possible to have access to technology that will compliment their studies.
Lobby for a phased return to normal for ECs and Investigate possible long-term relaxation of this practice. Lessens the pressure on students in the long-term.
GSU should provide online advice service including video meetings etc. Less reliance on having a physical presence on each campus. Keeping some kind of vetting or early-stage enquiry filter allows for faster responses. Easier access to advice for students. Quicker response rate to student enquiries.
To better understand the current needs of studnets and to furhter find out how they have been impacted by Covid. The results of this will be shared with the university to ensure they meet the needs of students.
Decision made: 2nd April 2020
Officers to support furloughed staff; To support GSU finances to be best prepared for future retention of staff amongst other things.
Officers support the Comms news article, and then updated message. Needed to go out soon, and although first version was not clear and had dead links, the second was better. Clear communication of the no detriment policy to students.
To benefit as many students as possible and then we need to work with the fall out of derogations. Clear communication of the no detriment policy to students.
Decision made: 30th March 2020
Officers ask for a shift to allow all 1st years to progress but should still offer them a chance to be assessed. 1st years may want to practice exams and assessments but should really be auto passed. All exams should be formative except for health courses. (Subject to PSRBs) Gives 1st years the opportunity to develop examination skills before progressing.
Officers ask for 3 week push back of dissertaion deadlines. This is to equate for the disruption of strikes and covid-19.
The officers support the safety net policy being introduced for all students. Reassures and offers students the ability to gain their grade and put in the hard work to improve it. Ensures students' grades do not fall in light of circumstances.
Decision made: 27th March 2020
Officers support the FAQs produced by Liz Warren and DLTs for online and take home exams. Clear guidance and FAQs produced for students.
Decision made: 26th March 2020
The current cap of 60GB means the Wi-Fi on busses isn't sufficient. We wanted improved bus service Wi-Fi for students during intercampus travel.
A great tool for students to use throughout their time at university. Group projects and group leader meetings just an example of it's uses.
We lobbied to allow business to turn off blind marking to check that students have submitted Extenuating Circumstances claim.
Decision made: 25th March 2020
We wanted flexibility for MBA International Business course which is beneficial to students, especially in regards to careers and placement cycles.
Decision made: 23rd March 2020
We agreed that the University needs to try and conduct exams. This allows students to still demonstrate their abilities and knowledge which is especially helpful when securing placements and job opportunities.
Decision made: 12th March 2020
We knew students would not have access to NHS services to get doctors' notes, as to provide evidence for Extenuating Circumstances. We wanted students to be able to claim Extenuating Circumstances easier and advised for a more relaxed approach to providing evidence.
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