A Message from the Exec

Read the letter sent by Student Exec and Representatives to university management

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Last night elected officers sent a letter to The University of Strathclyde Management team regarding the planning of Learning and Teaching in Semester 2.

Read what they had to say below:

"Dear University of Strathclyde Management,

As the elected officers of Strathclyde Students’ Union we are writing to express our concerns with planning for Learning and Teaching in Semester 2 of the 2021/22 Academic Year.

While we appreciate that we are still facing a set of challenging circumstances due to the pandemic, we believe it is vital that the student experience is enhanced after the Winter break. The lack of an in-person experience and social interaction is damaging both the student experience and the mental health and wellbeing of students, we cannot continue like this indefinitely.

Students want to return to campus as evidenced by our ‘Return to Campus’ survey which showed 71% of students want more in-person teaching, and our subsequent referendum where 75% of students who voted wanted in-person learning to resume to pre-Covid levels. Most recently our Student Parliament voted unanimously to campaign for increases to in-person learning and teaching that would aim to bring us in line with the restrictions in wider society.

We propose that the University carry out the following actions:

  1. Increase in-person learning and teaching during the second semester, with the strategic aim of resuming pre-pandemic levels of in-person teaching by the start of the next academic year, by removing social distancing to increase campus capacity.
     
  2. Ensure that students who need a longer transition back to a campus environment are adequately supported by their faculty and department, while also ensuring that this is done in a fair and equitable manner.
     
  3. Maintain the advances that we have gained throughout the pandemic in terms of accessibility by continuing to provide online learning materials such as lecture recordings, pre-recorded videos, and lecture transcripts.
     
  4. Prevent student homelessness by securing additional suitable accommodation on a temporary basis and further expand plans for investment in student housing - including exploring the idea of securing permanent off-campus accommodation.
     
  5. Enhance the transition process for students between mental health support available via the Disability and Wellbeing service and their referral to NHS support services.
     
  6. Call for Universities UK to reach an agreeable settlement with the UCU in order to end the current dispute and the risk strike action poses to learning and teaching next semester.
     
  7. Extend the No Detriment Policy that was in place for the two previous academic sessions, and extend its scope to cover disruption caused by strike action, to ensure no student is academically disadvantaged this year.
     
  8. Communicate all decisions made surrounding plans for the next semester in a clear and timely manner to provide students time to plan."


Signed by:

Benn Rapson, President
Savvina Kritharidou, Vice President Education
Ruairidh Wallace, Vice President Community
Kirsty Bannatyne, Vice President Sport
Nesha Malone, Vice President Inclusion
Lewis McDermott, Vice President Welfare
Arran Lamont, Business Faculty Rep UG
Charlie Wilson, Engineering Faculty Rep UG
Liam Mosson, Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty Rep UG
Callum Barclay, Science Faculty Rep UG
Atif Sattar, Business Faculty Rep PGT
Dhulipalla Hemanth Babu, Engineering Faculty Rep PGR
Ziqing Yin, Engineering Faculty Rep PGR
Nathan Epemolu, BAME Rep
Aspen Lynch, Disabled Students’ Rep
Ailidh Hamilton, LGBT+ Rep
Eva Curran, Women’s Rep
Sean Jamieson, Part-Time Students’ Rep
Jiani Chen, International students’ Rep