The Student Executive team have been hard at work over the last while to bring you this update on a huge variety of topics!
We are working with the Uni to look at potential fee reductions for students due to the changes brought on by covid.
After seeing so much hate in our city over the past few months, we are working on an anti hate campaign to tackle hate crime and its associated predjudices both in our own Uni and Union, but also much further afield. More information to come.
We welcome the decision taken by the Scottish Government, for the SQA to reissue the grades of Scottish students and bring them in line with the estimates provided by their teachers. The decision to grade young people based on their postcodes - opposed to their potential - was always the wrong one.
Chelbi Hillan, VP Education, and Benn Rapson, VP Welfare, had raised this issue with the University before todays announcement and will continue to ensure that Strathclyde remains a university accessible to learners from all backgrounds.
We look forward to welcoming students to Strathclyde in the next academic year.
We have started planning for the decolonise campaign over the next year, which will look at the curriculum, campus and culture of the university, and will aim to make our university a much more accessible & welcoming space for our BME students.
Places to Study
We have since been in meetings planning for start of the semester and have raised to senior management who are identifying spaces on campus which can be used for independent study on top of the library.
The library will be opening at the start of the semester but will be running at reduced capacity. The current plan is to have the library operating on a first come first served basis, masks will be compulsory inside. There is also a click and collect service for books and a free post return for them.
An Optional Online Semester
We have emphasised the need for an entirely online option for students who perhaps can’t return to campus or will struggle with this since planning meetings started in July. This would mean that all students would be able to study from home if they felt it necessary for themselves although the option would also be there for you to attend in person when possible if you felt able to do so. Currently, if you feel you are unable to attend classes on campus for a variety of reasons then please complete a personal circumstances form e.g. If you feel anxious, have trouble with travelling to campus, have caring responsibilities for vulnerable people or are vulnerable to it yourself.
We recognise the need for student representation more than ever as we navigate new start the semester in a different way than usual. The StrathReps project is currently under work and will be ready for the start of term; this will allow students to vote for their class representatives online and easily. All reps will be receiving advice and support for handling issues online. Your faculty reps were elected last semester and are already in post their contact details can be found below.
Business – Victoria Welsh - email@example.com
Science – Andrew Merchant - firstname.lastname@example.org
HASS – Emily McIlhatton - email@example.com
Engineering – Marc Schachtsiek - firstname.lastname@example.org
Strathclyde Sport is preparing for opening the facility in line with government guidelines for the September 14th, with the building opening in a phased return. To access the gym, students and staff will be required to book in advance
We recognise the uncertainty many students feel with the return to sport. Last month we carried out Stage 1 of our member consultation with a survey to Strathclyde Sport and Sports Union members. The Sports Union is hosting a consultation for Sports Club Committee members on the 11th August as part of Stage 2 of this consultation process aiming to inform clubs of the plans to safely return to sport in the 2020-21 academic year
Plans for returning to club sport are being looked at on a sport specific basis, in line with National Governing Bodies for sport, and student safety is at the heart of the decisions being made.
Our normal freshers week will become a month of online events and activities to connect students with the Union, with clubs and societies, and with each other. Our Freshers Fair will happen online, giving clubs and societies space to advertise their clubs to everyone, with whatever media they want. Please check this link for more information!
Our physical spaces at the Union will not be available for clubs and societies to make use of for the start of the semester, and we are ascertaining the same thing about University facilities, but we will try to get those open as soon as it is safe, and in the meantime give as much support for online club events as we can.
Students living in halls will be given a starter pack with some food and treats, as well as a bunch of information about everything they need to know for starting at Strath.
We have been pushing the Uni to make a call on Erasmus exchanges for the past few weeks as obviously students needed time to prepare for such a major change. Unfortunately we know the decision was announced to cancel these last night however we have been working with the Uni to ensure that students will not miss out due to this and that where possible students will be compensated for any expenses that they have already paid out for due to the lateness of their decision. Where possible people will be offered future experiences to make up for this. Some traineeships etc are going ahead however NO exchanges are going ahead, if you aren’t sure if yours is an exchange check with: email@example.com
That's all for now!