This year, the SU will be focusing on supporting students through their return to campus, physical school-led ‘degree shows’, securing the Black attainment gap scholarship (and further EDI work), events centering career development and academic diversity, and improving engagement with international students.

Following the completion of the Governance Review report, the SU will develop a plan of reforms, targeting issues raised in it, throughout the year.

The SU will be working more closely than ever with Student Support to help ensure that students get sufficient health and well-being support during the COVID-19.

We have started to improve the Student Representative system to help guarantee the learning experience of students. We are working towards remunerating Student Representatives for their time in the future. 

Based on pushing forward the Black Students Forum, the SU will be introducing the Solidarity Series talks and organizing multi-cultural events to ensure the interests of students from different backgrounds are equally treated. We will support the societies with a Multi-Cultural Festival in January and push forward an international students’ forum in this academic year.

Officers will support the organisation of physical shows in London, for which the College has allocated funding to the Schools. The timeline for this is by the end of Spring Term.

Officers recognise the need for clear and frequent communication with students in this desperate time and are therefore working more closely with RCA Comms department to oversee and feedback on their messages to students, to ensure they are clear, as well as devised more frequent and transparent communication on our own platforms and are in the process of rewriting our social media strategy.

Officers are proactively planning the urgently needed career-focused talks and workshops for students, including information on writing successful applications, facilitating network building, visa applications and increasing the information about creative career opportunities on the Students’ Union website.