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Got an idea of how RSU could work better for students?

You're the students, and the RSU is run by you, so tell the RSU what you want us to do and campaign on. 

All you have to do is submit your idea below, once submitted you have 2 weeks to first of all get 1% of the student population to vote on it (currently 80 students). Then secondly, 50% +1 of those who voted to vote in favour of your idea. Once you reach the required number of votes, SUC will review the idea and vote for it to become Policy of the RSU. It's that simple!!!

Once Policy, the RSU will campaign, lobby and if we can, enact your idea, to try to improve student life here at Roehampton.

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  • 86 score
    86 Total Votes

    The Student Union should oppose the cuts to the Schools of Arts and Humanities

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      The University of Roehampton recently announced staff cuts of £3.2 million in the Schools of Arts and Humanities. These cuts follow the summer’s voluntary severance scheme that has resulted in the departure of many staff members in these Schools. Nearly a third of staff are, again, being asked to take voluntary severance. These cuts will irrevocably damage the affected departments and jeopardise students’ education and university experience. The impact on students will be severe and irreversible. Amongst many other difficulties, we will have to face lower staff ratios; reduced 1:1 time with lecturers; less departmental expertise; and a lower number of tutors. Students have the power to make their voices heard and to challenge the University’s decision to decimate the Arts and Humanities at Roehampton. If the university insists on treating them as ‘clients,’ students have the right to protest when their ‘customer experience’ is threatened. The Student Union is a critical and integral part of this. As a body that represents the interests of students, it has a platform to share their concerns and a duty to ensure that the university listens. Following its refusal to support overworked staff during the UCU strikes in February, the university’s senior management are under the impression that students are unsupportive of staff. Now is the time to make it clear to senior management that students support staff and resolutely oppose these cuts. We strongly believe these cuts will be detrimental to students’ education and university experience. We therefore ask the Student Union to bring this motion to the next council meeting, and we urge all officers to vote in favour of opposing the proposed cuts to the Schools of Arts and Humanities.
    Helena Cecília Sousa Donas Boto Reis
    11:47am on 4 Nov 20 +
    Rebecca Sim
    12:04pm on 4 Nov 20 I'm for this idea
    Orla Molly O'Flynn
    12:41pm on 4 Nov 20 The students Union is there to represent students and act within their best interests. If they can’t support this opposition then that would demonstrate that they in fact don’t have our best interests at heart and do not represent our educational needs as students.
    Paul Paschal Hughes
    1:47pm on 4 Nov 20 It is so important for the SU to oppose these cuts. As students, we must insist that the wellbeing of our academic staff is central to our experience of the university as a place of learning, research and teaching. Staff wellbeing is grounded in their rights as works to reasonable workloads and senior management respecting the agency and leadership of worker's unions. Our learning as students cannot be divorced from the dignity of our staff!
    Anouska Lester
    2:31pm on 4 Nov 20 I cannot complete my degree if my supervisors are made to leave. Staff are already pushed to their limits in terms of workload, which is why they took industrial action in the last academic year. That was before they were forced to take on more work due to the pandemic. Asking nearly a third of staff to leave, especially when many already took voluntary severance and pay cuts over the summer, is unethical.
    Mary Kate Connolly
    2:37pm on 4 Nov 20 I absolutely support this motion. It is vital for the RSU to oppose these cuts. It is an indefensible action on the part of management at such a precarious time and will greatly jeopardise our studies. Speaking personally, I will not be able to complete my degree if I lose my supervisors now. There will be a deficit of expertise across numerous departments and remaining staff will be pushed to breaking point.
    Feride Kumbasar
    2:41pm on 4 Nov 20 The Student Union should represent the interests of students and make sure that the university listens. Staff cuts will have serious impacts on the quality of the education and the academic outcome. SU must take proactive role to fight against cuts.
    Kene Daniel Ugbaja
    6:30pm on 4 Nov 20 Time and time again, when there's cuts it's always to the arts and humanities. It's depressing, and kind of shows how uncaring and business-like this uni is becoming.
    Giulia Casalini
    9:10am on 5 Nov 20 The senior management wants the Arts and humanities to operate like the Business School, without taking into account the MAJOR differences in teaching, the funding these departments attract every year, the PRESTIGE of these departments in research outputs and the HIGH student satisfaction and access to the workplace after completion of their studies. The senior management team in charge of these cuts DO NOT WANT TO COMPROMISE with making savings (the union and the staff proposed many ways for this) but they rather want to cut our precious teaching staff, after many already took voluntary severance schemes over the summer.  And on top of that, they are trying to divide us as students so that our voices become less strong. They say they care about the arts because they have built a new dedicated media building. But I'm sorry to say that what they care about is BUILDING INVESTMENT, which they have done at an unduly pace over the past few years, rather than supporting a sector (the Arts) that is already being so threatened from all sides, also on an ideological way.
    Krystsina Sachkouskaya
    1:45pm on 5 Nov 20 How can you find it fair that only the arts and humanities are going through severe cuts while other departments have an immunity? What kind of generation you are hoping for us to be, when you are claiming that the arts and humanities, being amongst those which are responsible for the cultural development, are first to go in crisis? Is business more important than culture? What does culture actually mean for the University of Roehampton?
    Elizabeth Boyd
    4:34pm on 5 Nov 20 100% support this idea, as a student of the dance department we are not being gihven enough information or clarification on how this will effect out studies and its causing stress among students
    Zoe Moores
    6:03pm on 5 Nov 20 I support this.
    Odhran O'Donoghue
    7:47pm on 5 Nov 20 These cuts will have a massive impact on students in the affected departments in terms of class size, contact with lecturers and supervisors, and the quality of teaching delivered. It is vital that the SU opposes them to ensure that students receive the education that they deserve. Furthermore, it is important for us as a student body to show our support for the affected staff, and, more broadly, to show that we as an institution value the arts & humanities.
    Mark Lee Carter
    8:50am on 6 Nov 20 It is vital that SU work to oppose these cuts which, if implemented, will have a devastating effect on the university, its students and its reputation.
    Kate Anne Dangerfield
    10:33pm on 6 Nov 20 I support this idea and I feel the SU should oppose these cuts with us.
    Jalpa Dilipkumar Vala
    1:37pm on 9 Nov 20 I love this idea. arts and humanities is just as important and more people need to help support these department to stand up and fight.
    D Mortimer
    1:14pm on 13 Nov 20 Echoing everyones messages STUDENT UNION MUST OPPOSE SAVAGE CUTS TO ARTS AND HUMANITIES. THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES ARE THE SOUL OF THE UNIVERSITY. STAFF WITH VALUABLE EXPERTISE AND IDEAS ARE IRREPLACEABLE. REDUNDANCIES WILL MEAN RESEARCH QUALITY PLUMMETS.
    Eleni Kadikioti
    7:05pm on 17 Nov 20 I am in favor of this idea. Cuts on this kind of departments means cuts on the humanistic character of our societies.


    After you've submitted your Idea, there will be a two-week period where students can vote on it.

    After this period, your Idea will be sorted into one of the below categories. You can click through to see other Ideas that have fallen into these categories.

    These are Ideas that have received enough votes to go to SUC. Since then, they have been passed and are now RSU policy. The RSU will campaign to implement these ideas on your behalf.

    These are Ideas that have been rejected by the Roehampton community. This is because they have either not receive enough votes in the two-week period, or more students voted against the idea than for it.

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    These are Ideas that have not recieved the 1% vote of the student population within two weeks of being submitted Ideas that did not get enough votes cannot be resubmitted until the new term.