Last Updated: Thursday 18th February

 

What is policy and why should I care?

Policy is at the heart of everything we do at SUBU, as it is a document that outlines our view on something and what actions we will take to resolve it. Everyone has the chance to shape policy.

It is a way of making sure that you are an important part of our decision-making processes and how we operate.

Policy can include anything from where students can and can’t smoke on campus, to ensuring that you receive your course materials in good time. We also work with the university to make sure that their policies accurately reflect your views.

 

How is policy created at SUBU?

 

Policies tend to start out as a motion, which is a statement made by an individual or group that calls for a change to be made by the Students’ Union, university or even the wider community. A motion is essentially a policy that is yet to be voted on and passed.

Once motions have passed and become SUBU policy, they have a two-year window to be completed. Officers have a duty to provide updates on policies to provide accountability. These can be found in the tracker below. However, some policies may be on going depending on the actions involved and therefore can continue to be worked on after the two-year mark.

 

How do I submit a motion?

 

It’s simple; firstly, click the button on top of the page to submit an idea to the ideas platform. If your idea is selected, it could be developed into a motion and eventually turned into policy at SUBU Summit or the Student Members' Meeting. You will find a template that will guide you every step of the way.

Once submitted, you will be offered to have a sit-down meeting with one of our helpful team at SUBU who will have a short discussion with you about how your idea could be developed into a motion and what, if any, adjustments need to be made. Whilst we will review all sumbitted motions, it is also important to consider the practicality of your motion. For example, a motion that poses legal, financial or reputational risk to SUBU is unlikely to go forward for debate.

 

How do I find SUBU’s policies?

 

A policy tracker can be found below. This contains links to policies, when they were passed, how many votes they gained and when the policy will lapse. Any updates on progress can also be found here.


 

Problem:

  • Due to COVID-19, a significant portion of teaching has been moved online for students across the UK.
  • Some students do not feel that the online learning is equal to face-to-face learning.
  • Some students are missing out on essential resources, such as practicals, and access to materials and software
  • Neither the UK government, nor universities, currently support blanket refunds.
  • Students are presently eligible for partial refunds through contacting the OIA (Office of the Independent Adjudicator).
  • The OfS (Office for Students) has stated that refunds will not be granted on the grounds of online learning only.
  • Refunds presently come out of pocket from universities who still have significant overheads, even whilst students are not on campus.
  • It is the government and not individual universities who should be responsible for national student refunds, as this is a national issue.
  • Currently, the UK government argues that fee refunds will only immediately benefit the small proportion of students who pay their fees up front.
  • The UK government has recently announced an additional £50 million in hardship fund to be distributed across England, however this is not nearly enough.

Solution:

  • For all students not to be liable to pay full tuitions fees due to not having access to in person teaching or access to resources. Students on courses with a large proportion of practical teaching, or those with cancelled components, should be prioritised.
  • To lobby the government to secure tuition fee rebates.
  • BU to continue to focus on improving academic provisions, for example through an extension of booking times for on campus facilities.

Ideas for implementation:

  • For SUBU to publicly state that students deserve partial refunds/a loan amnesty/a freeze on interest rates.
  • For SUBU to write to local MPs and lobby the UK government on this matter.
  • For SUBU to work with other students' unions and the NUS to demand an increased national bailout of £700m, as recommended by the APPG for students (All Party Parliamentary Group) and NUS.
  • For SUBU to lobby the university to call for national student refunds to be paid for by the UK government.
To be implemented by SU President Proposed by: Dylan Lintern-Mole

Problem:

  • Whilst past papers are presently on Brightspace, it is currently difficult to access them as they are located under the faculty tab.
  • Many students do not know that past papers are available on Brightspace.
  • There are no solutions to the questions on the past exam papers.

Solution:

  • To move past papers from the faculty tab, or ensure they are clearly signposted from within the relevant unit.
  • Ensure that at least 3 years of of past assessments are included.
  • Provide exemplar answers to the past papers.

Ideas for implementation:

  • For the VP Education to take this feedback to the University.
  • For lecturers and seminar leaders to promote the past papers resource, or provide reasonable explanation as to why it may not be accessible.
  • For academic societies to promote the past papers resource.
  • For all programmes to engage with this via Reps and Programme Leaders.
To be implemented by SU VP Education Proposed by: Dylan Lintern-Mole

Problem:

  • Students are currently liable to pay for accommodation that they are unable to live in due to COVID.
  • The Minister of State of Universities (Michelle Donelan) has called for all large-scale private companies to offer refunds or other financial compensation.
  • Around 80% of Bournemouth University students living in halls are living in privately owned halls.
  • Several privately owned halls providers have provided some form of financial compensation. These include Student Roost and Unite.
  • Students living in Bournemouth University owned halls are entitled to 50% financial compensation for the period of time that they are unable to live in their halls, due to the 2021 national lockdown.
  • Presently, the following private halls in Bournemouth are not providing any form of financial compensation: The Student Housing Company, Fresh Student Living and Campus Living Villages.
  • Students whose provider did not provide a rent rebate/credit are entitled to access Bournemouth University’s Accommodation Support Fund with a one off payment of £300, but this does not go far enough. Furthermore, there is limited funding available and BU are unable to guarantee and award, even where a student meets the criteria.
  • Where students have been present in halls, they have experienced reduced services despite paying full rent.
  • Where students have made complaints regarding financial support to their accommodation providers, there have been several instances of providers not responding in an appropriate manner.

Solution:

  • For halls providers to provide financial compensation, of at least 50%, between January and March that was unused by tenants following government guidance to remain at their non term-time address.
  • For halls providers to provide financial support to students who have experienced reduced services due to the closure of facilities
  • For hall providers to allow students to leave their contracts early without financial penalty

Ideas for implementation:

  • For SUBU to lobby remaining private halls providers to provide financial compensation for accommodation that was unused by students due to COVID.
  • For SUBU to lobby BU to end formal partnerships with halls providers that do not offer any financial compensation for unused accommodation due to COVID.
  • For SUBU to lobby BU to end formal partnerships with halls providers that do not offer any financial compensation for students whose accommodation has otherwise been affected by the implications of COVID.
  • For SUBU to provide transparent information about rent strikes.
  • For SUBU to support students’ right to take action.
  • For Student Reps to be provided with information about financial support packages to inform their cohorts.
  • For SUBU to further promote financial support packages and encourage BU to do the same.
  • For SUBU to lobby halls providers to provide discounted rent where services have been limited.
To be implemented by SU VP Welfare and Community Proposed by: Raf Stainsbury

Problem:

  • SUBU recognises that waste plastics pose a global threat to the marine environment
  • A clear policy is needed in order to raise awareness of the issue to students, staff, visitors and suppliers

Solution:

  • Measure our use of single-use plastics and set targets for reduction as the ‘worst offenders’
  • Develop an assessment of the environmental impact of plastics we buy and use to inform the purchase of goods and services
  • Where the use of plastics is unavoidable, aim to buy only those plastic products that can be easily reused or recycled
  • Seek and encourage innovative recycling opportunities for the plastic waste we and our supply chain partners produce in our buildings, cafés and daily operations
  • Promote behaviours that reduce reliance on plastics, particularly encouraging the use of tap water over bottled water and the reduction of plastic packaging waste
  • Support and encourage student and community initiatives to remove plastic waste and litter from the environment
  • SUBU will have processes that ensure visiting organisations see this policy and submit their own plan prior to visits outlining how they intend to comply with the policy. Particular attention will be given to preventing ‘give aways’ that are not intended for any reasonable future use (i.e. they are just disposable)
  • SUBU will encourage BU to consider research into the sustainability of plastics, use of alternatives and protection of the marine environment from plastic waste. SUBU should also expect BU to encourage the sustainability use of plastic and protection of the oceans to be included in academic programmes
  • Nothing in this policy should negatively impact any student, staff member or visitor. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring people with disabilities are not disadvantaged

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Community to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM
  • Work in partnership with NUS, BU, suppliers, and other stakeholders to meet these policy objectives
  • Work with our supply chain to develop capability and capacity for recycled plastic products (not just recyclable products)
  • Work with students, staff and suppliers to encourage them to take practical steps to reduce the use of plastic and the production of plastic waste
  • SUBU should apply this policy across all aspects of its activities including commercial services, activities, visitors, freshers fair, campaigns, media
Passed by BSM Proposed by: SUBU Exec

Problem:

  • SUBU has a 5-year vision, a strategic plan and operational plans but does not have s process for sabbatical year and campaign planning
  • SUBUs work is sometime disjointed and should be more joined up and strategic
  • There is no process for linking up the manifestos of those elected and ensuring an agreed political or strategic vision for sabbaticals work over the term of office of one year

Solution:

  • Departments need to work together more coherently around sabbatical manifestos and instead of working to one, each department should be trying to consider all the manifestos of those elected
  • To ensure all departments have all the sabbatical officers’ manifestos incorporated into their departmental plans
  • All sabbaticals must work together after their election on a joint priority campaign document to guide all departments, setting out a coherent plan for policy, ironing out any inconsistencies across manifestos and setting out a clear work agenda for staff and students

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: SUBU Exec
  • All FTOs to take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM

Problem:

  • As it stands, social activity is low during the current climate of COVID.
  • There are lots of events that SUBU hold to boost social interaction online using Zoom. This is great, but the use of Zoom feels clinical and formal. Students can't truly socialise this way.

Solution:

  • For SUBU to establish an official SUBU Discord Hub.
  • For SUBU to create an online version of the SUBU building on Discord with different threads allowing students to find information.
  • For SUBU to use Discord to provide an informal and friendly social space which doesn’t have set start and end times meaning students can chat whenever they want.

Ideas for implementation:

  • To get a vanity URL for SUBU on discord e.g. discord.gg/SUBU. – The recognition of SUBU would allow this to happen. Currently students cannot search solely for Bournemouth University or SUBU
  • To create an official SUBU Discord Hub, or recognise the existing unofficial SUBU Discord Hub which has already brought together over 200 students or start from scratch and build the Discord from the ground up with SUBU.
  • Enable students to be able to communicate with others within their faculty or those attending events by establishing relevant ‘tags’ which would be displayed on students' profiles.
  • Promote Clubs and Societies by creating a thread, enabling them to link to their own discord servers which in turn would increase social interaction.
  • To promote the SUBU Discord Server via other SUBU social media channels.
  • To establish relevant student ‘helpers’ and ‘moderators’to ensure that spam is limited.
  • SUBU can use the server to run their own events and discussions
  • Individual servers for smaller groups of people e.g. per course
  • Set of rules issued by SUBU so students know the code of conduct on using the server. However, these may not fit with Discord’s community standards or for a club or society. For example, anyone can join the server for a particular course even if they aren’t on that course.
To be implemented by SU President and SU VP Student Opportunities Proposed by: Christian Kuziara

Problem:

  • Increased numbers of students declaring mental health issues growing from 270 in 2015/16 to 524 in 2018/191 Report Here
  • Up to 6 weeks waiting lists to be seen by Student Wellbeing
  • Increased isolation due to COVID.
  • Students feel a desire to speak to someone.
  • 34% of students report having psychological difficulties for which they needed professional help. Report Here

Solution:

  • To make students feel less isolated by providing an additional wellbeing support through a ‘befriending’ service.
  • To provide further opportunities for students to support their mental health.
  • To lobby for wellbeing information to be readily available for students from the beginning of their university journey.

Ideas for implementation:

  • Work with external organisations to provide befriending support to students, potentially through Dorset Mind, who already run a befriending scheme.
  • The befriending scheme should match Bournemouth University students with other students who have received appropriate training to undertake the role, including safeguarding. They would only be befrienders for other students, not for people outside of the university.
  • Befriending would take place in prearranged meetings, either on the phone, via video call or in person where safe to do so.
  • Have a specified staff member who would oversee the befriending process.
  • The befriending volunteers would not replace frontline mental health services or provide crisis support.
  • To provide workshops on topical mental health issues facing students
  • To provide further opportunities for peer support in relation to mental health. For example, volunteering with Dorset Mind or other external wellbeing organisations.
  • Lobby for a specific member of staff to reach out to Bournemouth University students about wellbeing topics.
  • Supply wellbeing signposting as part of introductory lectures.
To be implemented by SU VP Welfare & Community Proposed by: Angela Barton

Problem:

  • Students on unpaid healthcare placements are currently not covered by life assurance. In the event of death in service, their families will not be eligible for financial support.
  • Healthcare students on placements place themselves at risk on a daily basis. Unlike their NHS colleagues, who are working in the same environment, they are not covered by life assurance in the event of their death
  • As unpaid students, FHSS students do not feel like their lives and skills matter as much as their paid colleagues
  • There is no information on BU’s website to state that students are expected to pay for their own life assurance as an additional course cost

Solution:

  • BU should state all additional course costs on their website, including books, field trips, travel and life assurance
  • BU should provide clear information on how students can obtain funding for these additional costs
  • BU should provide clear guidance on the additional work students are able to take on to financially support their studies
  • BU should amend their policy for courses that require undertaking unpaid NHS contracts, covering life assurance for all students
  • For the University and NHS trust to split the cost to cover the life assurance for students if neither side will cover it in it’s entirety

Ideas for implementation:

  • Lobby BU to include all contractual information for courses that involve placements, bringing BU in line with similar courses from different providers, allowing students to make a fair decision when applying
  • Lobby BU to protect the status and welfare of all students on placement, including those employed in potentially dangerous environments such as hospitals
  • Lobby BU to engage with PSRBs and the government to secure life assurance cover for unpaid students on NHS placements
  • SUBU to raise the issue with NUS, in order to raise the issue around the treatment of healthcare students to a national level and lobby for change in the government’s legislation
To be implemented by SU VP Education Proposed by: Chiko Bwalya

Problem:

  • Currently, students do not get their reading lists until the start of the semester in which the unit is taught.
  • This is a problem because students are unable to budget effectively, as the cost of their materials are unknown.
  • This also creates increased pressures on PAL leaders who are asked to provide this information to aid students, despite not knowing themselves.
  • When reading lists are given at the start of the unit, this creates a problem if the resource is needed quickly. Students do not have enough time to get the resources and complete the required reading.
  • This can also result in students having to purchase a more expensive item to ensure that they have it in time.
  • Reading lists often do not include chapter details which impedes students' ability to effectively complete pre-reads.

Solution:

  • For students to have access to their reading lists following assessment board decisions for level 5,level 6 and level 7.
  • For level 4 students to have access to their reading list prior to the start of the academic year.
  • For readings lists to be appropriately detailed.
  • To ensure that all students are aware that reading lists are on the relevant reading list area of Brightspace.
  • All students to have access to reading materials at application stage (with the understanding that they will not be fully detailed)

Ideas for implementation:

  • For reading lists to be emailed to students and uploaded to Brightspace during the summer.
  • For reading lists to be effectively communicated with PAL leaders at the start of the academic year, to enable them to provide appropriate information.
  • To include chapter references in reading lists.
To be implemented by SU VP Education Proposed by: Dylan Lintern-Mole

Problem:

  • Lack of awareness regarding FGM amongst students & staff in HE.
  • There is a huge stigma around FGM and a lack of knowledge surrounding the subject in the education sector.
  • Survivors of FGM (whether it is known to them or not) do not have the proper support and resources available to them.

Solution:

  • To create a policy that centres its actions on supporting students who have gone through FGM.
  • This includes educating staff and peers on what FGM is, lasting effects and how to aid an FGM survivor. This policy will also work on de-stigmatising FGM.

Ideas for implementation:

  • To lobby BU to raise more awareness for staff on FGM.
  • To lobby BU to provide additional training for staff members on how to interact and support FGM survivors.
  • To create a safe space for survivors to feel comfortable and supported throughout their time at BU and within SUBU.
  • To lobby BU to ensure that there is a designated staff member for survivors of FGM to talk to.
  • To ensure that mandatory reporting is not in place within BU or SUBU where students are over 18, and that all disclosures are kept confidential, enabling students to disclose FGM without repercussions or fear of stigmatisation.
  • To create a campaign to inform and educate students on what FGM is, how they can support survivors, and reduce misconceptions around the topic and make it a less taboo subject.
To be implemented by SU VP Welfare & Community and Women’s Campaign Officer Proposed by: Shannon McDavitt

Problem:

  • You cannot add sml and your own entries to organise your time.
  • Students are currently provided with two versions of their timetable, one that exists within the centralised timetable and one which exists on Zoom. This has created issues with accessing relevant lectures and seminars.
  • Previously some students had been able to view additional lectures taking place within their department on their timetable, but this is no longer possible.

Solution:

  • The solution would be that students were able to edit them so it was treated more like a calendar, this would mean that you could put in times to organise when to do SMLs and other work. This could help students plan out times for sml times for assignments, and revision as well as breaks to ensure a good school free time balance.
  • To improve timetable function.
  • To enable students to access other lectures.
  • Be able to add BU calendar to existing calendar. Calendar centre does this but doesn’t allow to re-upload it to BU timetable.

Ideas for implementation:

  • The student wouldn't be able to change what's already there, but be able to add extra boxes to be able to organise when they will do certain tasks and assignments.
  • To continue working with BU on resolving timetabling issues.
  • To enable students to access lectures within their department that they have an interest in attending, by including them on students timetables.
  • To lobby BU to provide webinars or short videos on how to access timetables.
  • For Seminar Leads to give an approximate time to how long the prework/sml would take.
  • Notification to students if there are changes to timetable.
  • Be able to add voluntary classes onto BU timetable.
  • Match BU Timetable to Zoom timetable for individual lectures for ease. Zoom ID instead of class location as a potential solution.
To be implemented by VP Education Proposed by: Alicia Kelly De La Orden

Problem:

  • It is likely that in the coming years EU students will have to pay the higher fees that currently apply to those outside of the EU.
  • If the UK withdraws from existing agreements on freedom of movement, future EU students may need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa or a short term study-visa in order to study in the UK.
  • It is likely that in the future, UK students will face higher fees in many European countries, as they will no longer be eligible for domestic rates.
  • British students will also presumably no longer be eligible for funding via the Erasmus exchange program - or not to the current extent; this calls for the university to strive for maintaining strong partnerships with other universities within and beyond Europe.
  • Important information to be considered: If you arrive in the UK before 1 January 2021, you will not need a visa. If you plan to stay in the UK longer than 1 January 2021 (for example, to complete your full course), you’ll need to apply online for the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme is free of charge. You should apply as soon as possible after you’ve arrived in the UK, and by 30 June 2021. If you plan to arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards, you will need to apply for a student visa if you are studying a course which is longer than six months in length. You will need to complete an application and have it accepted before you arrive in the UK.

Solution:

  • Offer extensive support with visa applications as well as any other advice which may be needed to help student’s applications.
  • Actively reach out to other Universities across Europe to discuss the partnership our University has with them and how we can support each other.

Ideas for implementation:

  • Lobby BU to implement financial support which can apply to EU students (perhaps based on merit) and even home students who may be looking to study abroad.
  • To provide information stating how Brexit will affect the Erasmus program and to what extent students can make use of the program.
  • To provide information stating how Brexit will affect placements and to what extent students can seek European placements.
  • SUBU to offer extensive information on how Brexit will affect our students (both EU and home) once the country has officially left in December 2020.
  • SUBU to lobby BU to continue support after graduation regarding VISA and employment in Europe.
To be implemented by VP Education and VP Opportunities Proposed by: Alexandra Cazacu

Problem:

  • Potential student sex workers at Bournemouth University who are opted-in at SUBU are not protected/supported.
  • Neither SUBU nor BU have a policy in place to support student sex workers.

Solution:

  • The Union should create policy to support student sex workers through destigmatising sex work and making students aware of the safety measures that are in place.
  • This should include no threat of disciplinary action due to the nature of their work, and for clear guidance of repercussions against others distributing a student’s content without consent.

Ideas for implementation:

  • To ensure sex workers do not get discriminated against for their line of work.
  • Ensure there are financial advice for those involving themselves in sex work (as some students get involved in this line of work due to financial struggles).
  • Safety advice. Including – safety measures to ensure student sex workers are safe and are comfortable. This would include students who were seeking guidance before participating in sex work.
  • Support students who are being outed/bullied/trolled, by both students and staff, for their line of work.
  • Regardless of why someone got into sex work, sex workers of all backgrounds should be and have the right to be protected.
  • Lobby BU in the instance that a student is threatened with an academic offence due to their nature of work.
  • Clear guidance on the repercussions of distributing another’s content without permission. This would include disciplinary actions such as suspension or criminal charges brought forward.
  • Develop a peer support network for student sex workers. This would be anonymised and would allow students to seek confidential advice.
  • Signpost students to organisations who can support them for topics such as sex worker advocacy and emotional support. This support would be online or in person, to support students who wish to anonymously access information.
  • A document showcasing the reasonings for people going into sex work (including disabilities) and why it should be equal to other job roles.
  • To develop an inclusive definition for a sex worker as someone who provides sexual services for money or goods, including those who engage in digital sex work and ‘sugaring’. This will reflect the increased popularity of platforms like Only Fans and the sale of non-nude material that is sex related.
To be implemented by VP Welfare and Community, Women's Officer and Students with Disabilities' Officer Proposed by: Toluwa Atilade

Problem:

  • The UN Millennium Development Goals (where the focus had been on “the global south and developing countries”) were updated in 2015 to become global Sustainable Development Goals up to 2030
  • SUBU supports these goals in principle but needs to find ways of enacting them meaningfully

Solution:

  • SUBU to conduct a review and conversation around how it’s activities, structures, societies, and stakeholders, can help deliver SDGs meaningfully
  • SUBU should prioritise information and action around the UN Sustainable Development Goals up to 2030

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: Abidemi Abiodun (VP Community)
  • All FTOs to take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM

Problem:

  • UK/EU Undergraduate students pay £9250 annually in fees to attend university.
  • At Bournemouth University this fee does not cover additional course costs.
  • Bournemouth University estimates that it will cost between £210 and £630 per year for additional course costs, including printing.
  • It costs 3p to print a single page of black and white and 18p for a colour page.
  • Printing is a necessary part of some courses.
  • The University and Union does not provide free printing or any free printing credit.
  • This results in students having to pay out of pocket to complete necessary parts of their courses.
  • Universities such as Aston, Hull and Nottingham Trent provide either free printing, or provide a certain amount of free printing credits to students each year and therefore it could be possible for Bournemouth University to do so as well.

Solution:

  • The Union should research the costs of printing during a student’s time at Bournemouth University.
  • The Union should lobby the University to ensure that efforts are made to make sure that work can be completed digitally and without the need for printing. Thus, benefitting students and the environment.
  • The Union should lobby the university to ensure that where students are required to print material as compulsory part of their course, this cost should be subsidised by the university. This should be done through either eliminating printing charges, or by providing a printing stipend for every student. The Union should look into options for providing free printing to students as part of their facilities.

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Education to take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Christopher McGonigle

Problem:

  • More than a quarter of women have been forced to miss work or school because they cannot afford menstrual products
  • It is estimated that the average spend for people who menstruate is £4,800
  • In March 2019, the governments announced free sanitary product to be provided to secondary schools and colleges. This does not apply to students studying at University
  • 1 in 10 women aged between 14 and 21 are unable to afford menstrual products
  • Periods continue to be stigmatised
  • Period products are essential items and where people are unable to access them their lives are severely impacted.
  • The Union, from time to time, does provide free menstrual products to those in need, but they are not mandated to do so.
  • Menstrual products are available at the Union shop, although sustainable products are not

Solution:

  • The Union to have free supplies of sanitary products for those in need where they have:
  • (a) Forgotten products
  • (b) Cannot afford product
  • (c) Come on their period unexpectedly
  • The Union to campaign for period to be free from stigma
  • The Union to stock sustainable menstrual products in the shop
  • The Union to sell menstrual products at the cost of purchase within their outlets

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Welfare to take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Ade Balogun

Problem:

  • Smoking causes health issues for both the person smoking and for others around them through second hand smoke
  • Whilst smoking is not allowed within 5 metres of all our university buildings, it is allowed on other places of the campus
  • Signs are also not always adhered to by students and staff

Solution:

  • SUBU should lobby the university to ban smoking and vaping on campus other than in designated sheltered smoking areas

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Welfare to take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Christopher McGonigle

Problem:

  • Funding requests have been denied on the basis that training for 3rd year students does not benefit the university
  • This training could benefit students beyond university, improving employability

Solution:

  • SUBU should consult students when arranging the new funding structure

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Activities to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Abigail Hartland

Problem:

  • Currently some students have teaching days which can run from 9am-7pm
  • This is both challenging for students and the teaching staff
  • Further to this, some sessions can be 2-3 hours long without breaks which are difficult to concentrate in

Solution:

  • SUBU should lobby BU to ensure that the length of teaching days and sessions are time appropriate, with consultation from students
  • SUBU should lobby BU to provide 5 minute breaks

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Education to take ownership and provides an update at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Ann-Marie Kankam

Problem:

  • Not all academic staff are providing teaching materials in advance of teaching sessions
  • For some students, having access to teaching materials in advance is critical in providing them with equity of learning opportunity in relation to Additional Learning Requirements (ALN) and reasonable adjustments
  • Providing teaching materials in advance is also important for students who do not have ALN requirements; it supports pre-reading and allows for reflection and thinking ahead regarding questions to ask, potentially making the teaching session more useful overall.

Solution:

  • SUBU should lobby BU to ensure that it becomes compulsory for academic staff to provide learning materials in at least 48 hours advance of teaching sessions

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Education to take ownership and deliver updates at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Jodi Nwasike

Problem:

  • Currently on Brightspace, you have to open a completely new page to access SUBU
  • A new page might increase awareness and lead to more student involvement within SUBU

Solution:

  • SUBU should press Bournemouth University to have a link from Brightspace to SUBU under the ‘Useful link’- ‘log-in services’

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Education should take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM
Passed by SUBU Exec Proposed by: Louise Facer

Problem:

  • Societies lack the funding necessary to operate fully
  • More money will provide societies with:
  • (a) More exposure for SUBU, more trips to new and exciting places
  • (b) More chances for clubs to get members involved
  • (c) Can also help with travel costs involved

Solution:

  • SUBU should change the process of how society funding is distributed
  • BU should pay for BU associated costs of sports

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Activities to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Sam Waters

Problem:

  • SUBU voted to affiliate to the People’s Vote campaign at the previous Big Student Meeting
  • Students’ participation and involvement in this critical debate should be encouraged and facilitated by SUBU wherever possible as per the Union’s position on People’s Vote. Students would find it costly and difficult to attend the event without this help from the Union

Solution:

  • Further to its affiliation to the People’s Vote campaign, SUBU should provide a coach to the People’s Vote March on March 23rd 2019 for students, free of charge
  • Students will be expected to pay a refundable £5 reservation fee
  • The presence of a coach load of students would provide a safer, less intimidating environment for those who have not been to such a march before

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by SUBU Exec
  • President to take ownership and update at the next BSM

Problem:

  • Brexit is a decision that will have huge implications for home, international and EU students
  • Many students at BU were unable to have their say in the referendum

Solution:

  • The Peoples’ Vote are calling for the right for the UK public to vote to either leave with the deal given to us by the EU or remain in the EU
  • The vote would allow BU students to have their say on what outcome and deal is best for them
  • SUBU should affiliate to the Peoples Vote campaign and work with other SUs across the UK to include students in a final say on the deal
  • SUBU should support The People’s Vote Campaign

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: Toby Johnson
  • President to take ownership and update students at the next BSM

Problem:

  • Thousands of students across the country consensually engage in some form of sex work: be it live cam shows, amateur pornography, or full-service sex work. Some of these thousands of students are likely students at Bournemouth University
  • Universities currently hold the power to expel students and eject them from university accommodation upon the discovery that they are sex workers
  • Bournemouth University has no official stance on student sex workers, nor does SUBU, however, we are unable to access any data or statistics to tell us whether Bournemouth University has or has not expelled student sex workers in the past

Solution:

  • SUBU should adopt a policy in support of student sex workers and lobby BU to also adopt a policy in support of student sex workers that explicitly rules out the punishment and ostracization of sex workers
  • Sex workers studying at Bournemouth University would not be at risk of being expelled for their line of work, would feel infinitely safer existing in Bournemouth University as a student, and would not need to hide their status as a student sex worker

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: Astrid Johnson
  • VP Welfare to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM

Problem:

  • SUBU Housing Fair features internal stakeholders and Bournemouth Council only
  • SUBU does not have a formal policy on Housing
  • Corfe House and Home Park are advertising to returning students and individual private BU Lets have started disappearing
  • Changes to the laws around HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation) may have a significant effect on the availability of choice in housing for BU students

Solution:

  • SUBU should invite independent letting agents (beyond BU Lets) to the up and coming Housing Fair as a way of improving the range of information and advice available
  • Students will have all the information they’ll need when making housing decisions

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: Abidemi Abiodun (VP Community)
  • VP Community to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM

Problem:

  • Currently not all lectures are recorded
  • Students who have missed lectures are unable to keep up with work independently
  • Students who are unable to attend lectures due to medical needs are more likely to full behind

Solution:

  • There will be less pressure for students on note taking during lectures as they can look back on recordings as part of independent studies
  • This system will prevent students from falling behind with work and limit the amount of anxiety and stress experienced by students
  • SUBU should lobby Bournemouth University to implement lecture recordings by making it necessary and potentially mandatory for lecturers to do so

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown
  • VP Education to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM

Problem:

  • There have recently been some incidents of assault around Glenmoor Road
  • The pedestrian routes along White Farm Close, Glenmoor Road and the pedestrian walk ways that run alongside Boundary Road are incredibly dark and conducive not only to assault but other incidents such as muggings and general accidents
  • Currently there is no street lighting in pedestrian routes around Talbot Campus and no street lighting in the Slades Park forest
  • For students with evening labs and lectures, they do not feel safe walking back to their houses at night

Solution:

  • Opening up the car park to more students will benefit their safety and those who drive will be able to drive friends so that they are safe too
  • This should decrease the number of incidents happening to our students near campus
  • SUBU should tell BU to lobby Bournemouth Council to put more street lights up in pedestrian routes around Talbot Campus and to put street lights in the Slades park farm forest and open up the car park to any students

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown
  • VP Welfare to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM

Problem:

  • All staff are not currently mandated to have Mental Health training. At present there are no mental health places in BU accommodation
  • This has an impact on all students, regardless of their mental health

Solution:

  • With this training in place, BU students would be able to expect a higher level of understanding from their lecturers and other staff
  • Staff will be able to use the right language to ensure students feel heard and that their mental health is being considered
  • It would also ensure that staff know how to respond to emergency/crisis situations, potentially saving lives
  • SUBU should lobby the University to include training on student mental health in the induction process for all forward-facing staff and Mental Health spaces in every BU accommodation

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown
  • VP Welfare to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM

Problem:

  • A university that strives to have good ethics should not be partnered with companies that do not care to pay taxes
  • As students that pays £9,000 in tuition fees per year – potentially more in the future – we would rather our University supports local, independent coffee organisations in future partnerships, rather than multi-million corporations that act with impunity

Solution:

  • SUBU should lobby BU to partner with local coffee shops instead of Starbucks when the current contract is up for renewal and SUBU should do the same when their contract with Starbucks expires

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: Gareth Thomas
  • VP Community to take ownership and report on updates at the next BSM

Problem:

  • The Union does sell environmentally friendly products

Solution:

  • The student shop should do more to promote an eco-friendly lifestyle. Products that are there, which are eco-friendly, should be promoted
  • Mooncup and Natracare, two eco- friendly menstruation companies have given permission for SUBU to stock their products and there has been interest across the student body
  • SUBU should lobby BU to increase the range of environmentally friendly products available across both campuses, and in student shops including those run by SUBU

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown
  • VP Welfare to take ownership, involving relevant leaders from Liberations group and societies interested in providing student voice
  • Work with relevant people to ensure that options are cost effective, affordable and environmentally friendly
  • Updates to be delivered at next BSM

Problem:

  • There has been a renewed call by students to make Full-time Officers more accountable for their actions and promises
  • Whilst there are systems in place that allow this, transparent updates are rarely delivered directly to students

Solution:

  • Accountability is important, it is an important aspect to show students what officers have been doing and making sure they are doing it correctly
  • Make sure there is space and understanding for officers to know students are paying attention to what officers do, making sure students know what they are doing
  • Full-time Officers should do regular transparent updates on their work and be held to account more regularly

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown
  • The format that these updates will take is as yet undecided, but this should be accessible to all students
  • President to take ownership and updates to be delivered at next BSM

Problem:

  • Students at Lansdowne have been asking for sporting facilities such as the gym to be available at Lansdowne as well
  • It is hard for students studying at Lansdowne to be always traveling to Talbot
  • There are no sporting facilities at Lansdowne

Solution:

  • SUBU to lobby BU for an active/social space for more of a student presence and for all students to feel together rather than segregation between Talbot and Lansdowne students
  • This would be two gyms and one membership, joining Talbot and Lansdowne gyms together, making it so there is a safe space for students to work out and feel comfortable across the entire community, making it fairer.

Ideas for implementation:

Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown
  • VP Activities to take ownership, with the support of any clubs and societies willing to offer support
  • Update to be given at next BSM

 

 

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