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New Agreement between Union and University

Strath Union and University of Strathclyde agree three-year strategic alliance focused on student experience.

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In 2018 the Union and University worked together on The Student Partnership Agreement (SPA) which has guided all collaboration and engagement over the past 4 years.

The new agreement builds upon the SPA and represents the common goals shared by the Union and the University, as well as the needs of the Strathclyde students, to build and improve upon student experience.

It contains a series of key objectives which both the Union and University will use to focus their collaboration over the course of the academic year. 

These objectives have been decided on following discussions between the Student Exec and University Executive and will be reviewed at the start of each academic year. This annual review will follow the handover when a change in the Student Exec occurs and will be agreed upon at the first Executive to Executive meeting.

The current objectives include: 
  • Ensuring the student voice and representation is at the heart of all work
  • Empowering Student Advice and Support services
  • Development and continuous improvement of an outstanding student experience
  • Incorporating emerging technologies into teaching and wider student experience
  • Ensuring a safe and accessible campus
  • Maintaining the University’s sector-leading graduate outcomes
  • Taking a collaborative approach towards sharing of information
  • Reflecting on and taking pride in both Union and University practices and celebrating achievements
  • Putting sustainability at the heart of the Union and University offering
Alongside these objectives during 22/23 academic year the agreement will also focus on:
  • Increasing Hardship Funding to help tackle the cost-of-living crisis
  • Undertaking a housing needs and impact assessment, to ensure a housing and residences strategy that is future proof
  • Continuing to focus on green investment through the development of an Ethical Investment Policy

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With updates on the progress of all objectives occurring at least once per semester directly to both the Strath Union Student Executive and University Executive. This would include regular updates between the Student President and the Principal.

Adam Morrow, President of Strath Union, said:

“Through this collaboration we seek to deliver a world-class student experience, working together to deliver relevant University strategic objectives, and aspire to be recognised as the leading UK Students’ Union offering an experience only obtainable at Strathclyde.

“We want to empower the thriving and diverse community of Strathclyde students and to prepare and equip them for life at our university and beyond.”

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said:

“As the University crosses the mid-point of its current Strategic Plan Vision 2025, we have the opportunity, in developing our next five-year plan to 2030, to widen and deepen our partnership working with Strath Union.

“Our two partner organisations share similar values, and we are both committed to ensuring our students play a central role in shaping and enhancing their learning experience and the decision-making at Strathclyde.”


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