Top Ten Background

Your feedback, through the Student Opinion Survey (SOS), Academic Council and Ideas to Action helps us identify ten key issues affecting students at the University.

The “Top Ten” issues will be the focus of our work and campaigning. This year we will work with the University on the following issues:

  • Campaign for sustainable student recruitment policies in relation to housing availability
    • Improve communications between the University and the SU on student recruitment and communication
    • Create a clear plan for what emergency provision will be put into place if students are unable to find somewhere to live
    • Implement a policy that landlords/letting agents are only able to advertise properties for the next academic year after a certain date
  • Make it easier for students to locate available study space
    • Improve the interface of the room booking system to make it more effective and user friendly
    • Increase the publicity of available study space across campus
    • Ensure available computers are easy to locate
  • Improve University and Students’ Union provision for students outside of term time
    • Secure extended opening hours of on campus eateries and shops
    • Develop a comprehensive programme of events that will take place during the non-teaching weeks
    • Ensure vital on campus services such as counselling are readily accessible during the non-teaching weeks
  • Secure a physical expansion of the gym
    • Secure a physical expansion of the gym
    • Ensure that student feedback is gathered in the design of the new facility
    • Ensure student memberships will be prioritised over those of the public to maintain satisfaction
  • Ensure that students receive constructive assessment feedback that helps them learn
    • Work with the new Centre for Learning & Teaching to conduct a student led review of current feedback methods
    • Make recommendations as to how current practice can be improved
    • Establish minimum standards of detail to be provided to students on their written assessments
  • Campaign for the curricula to reflect the diversity of the student body
    • Work with the Centre for Learning & Teaching to examine course content
    • Work with the Diversity & Support groups at the Students’ Union to determine best practice in this area
    • Incorporate work into the University bidding for the Race Equality Charter Mark
  • Reduce waste across campus
    • Reduce the amount of food waste that occurs and encourage better redistribution of leftover food
    • Improve publicity of reduced price food in campus outlets and shops
    • Increase the usage of sustainable food containers and increase the education surrounding the recycling opportunities on campus
  • Ensure the personal tutoring system is effective for students and staff
    • Conduct a review of the current personal tutoring system, highlighting areas of best practice and pinpointing areas for development and improvement
    • Create a useful agenda of topics to be covered in personal tutor meetings
    • Ensure the necessary signposting information and FAQs are in place for tutors
  • Tackle postgraduate isolation
    • Create more opportunities for postgraduate students to engage with their peers
    • Review the expectations of postgraduates in terms of joining student groups
    • Improve the signposting of support services for postgraduates
  • Secure an extension of the Library
    • Campaign for the necessity of a physical expansion of the library
    • Create more space within the existing building through improved storage efficiency of books and investment in e-journals