26 Nov update: Thank you to your incredible Reps for attending and voicing your feedback and concerns at the recent Campus Assemblies (with ILTS, E&CO, Reps). You can read minutes of recent Assemblies: SoC, SoD, SoAH, SoA. The next Campus Assemblies will be the following term. School Assemblies, where School Reps meet with the Dean of the School, will commence (some have already) and Campus issues will be further discussed here. Minutes will be circulated from these by your Reps.
The Student Union are presently not part of CARGO (Covid Academic Response Group) where burst week decisions are made. We have asked to be involved in these meetings, and are currently negotiating for our involvement. as we believe it is crucial for student voice to be heard in this crucial decision making group.
20 Nov update: Access to workshops is dependent on any given technician that operates any given workshop. This means some technicians who have had to shield are unable to come in and open the workshops. Technicians are still running online workshops from their homes. This is something we continue to ask for updates on and encourage students to book slots for workshop access on Moodle.
12 Nov update: We’re working on an end of term student survey to gain your feedback on how you’ve found the first term, online teaching and returning to campus. We’ll keep you updated.
16 Nov update: As you may have heard RCA has hired a consultancy firm called Nous. This consultancy is working with RCA to help it achieve it's objective of becoming an anti-racist institution. We have teamed up with UCU Union and Unite Union to write a joint letter expressing our concern with the "listening sessions" being conducted as part of the consultation process. Read more about it and the open letter.
** Students’ Union participated in a joint union discussion with UCU, Unite, RCA and Nous (the consultancy). Concerns that were raised in the open letter were once again highlighted and discussed directly with all parties. For now, all listening sessions which were due to take place have been paused. This is so that time can be given to reviewing and refining the process. We are meeting again this week to hear Nous & HR response to our feedback and how the listening sessions can be adapted to be safe for all participants. We will continue to update you on any progress. **
Damaged & Lost Belongings
26 Nov update: The SU continues to negotiate with E&CO around damaged and lost belongings from March 2020. A decision is yet to be made by the College (and CARGO) across how and when reimbursements might be made for these items. The SU will continue to meet with E&CO and discuss how this will be done and will update you here.
26 Nov update: Having had no response to this from the College, we will be asking for your opinion about the new Email Address format in our upcoming End of Term Survey so that we can feed this up to management. We then hope to take further escalated action on the issue next Term.
12 Nov update: You should’ve received an email with the name of your Programme & School Rep, please start providing them with feedback so we can get changes made. Congratulations to all those elected! Read more about rep roles.
Please contact us if you have any questions.