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To create positive change in matters relating to the education of UEA students by effectively representing their collective views.

To provide a range of high-quality, member-led services which embrace the needs of all UEA students. Student Officer Action Plan

DATE CREATED: November 2011

STRATEGIC PRIORITY

OBJECTIVES Specific Measurable Achievable, Resource-oriented Timescale We will research and collect information on the feedback our students receive and need We will write a report detailing improvements and standardisation on assessments and present this to the university We will continue to lobby the university to roll out feedback on exams, seeking to persuade the university to provide feedback which allows students to effectively improve on their performance We will research what costs students incur We will consult with students in order to compile list of what

We will lobby the university to improve feedback for students

RESOURCES REQUIRED INC TRAINING Time

WHO IS INVOLVED?

DEADLINE

MEASURABLE EVIDENCE/ KPI

Progress

SOC

Jan

Time,

SOC

Jan

Time

SOC

All year

We will campaign for the university to reduce and be

Time Time

SOC SOC

Jan Jan

more transparent in the costs students are expected to pay

constitutes an acceptable course cost and what doesnt We will lobby the university to publicise all costs a student is expected to pay in their prospectus. We will bid for increased representation, publishing a new vision for representation to persuade the university to increase student participation on university committees We will produce a document and publish it on our website which shows clearly the channels of representation and how students are represented by us on them We will lobby the university to be transparent to students in terms of where their money goes. We will lobby the university to change their access agreement to include more emphasis on bursaries than fee waivers We will hold the university to account on issues of WP, acting as a watchdog on the actions of the university We will investigate and search out problems disabled students face on campus, aiming to produce a report which documents areas of improvement for the university. We will write a PG Action plan and pilot a Postgraduate Forum

Time

AO, CSRO, CO

All year

We will increase representation and transparency in university decision making

Time

SOC

Feb

Time

AO, CSRO

Dec

` Time

CO, CSRO

All year

We will lobby the university in the area of Widening Participation

Time

FTOs

In time for new access agreement All Year

University now offering bursaries as well as fee waivers.

Time

We will research how our campus can be more accessible for disabled students We will increase our voice for

Time

DO, CSRO

Feb

Time

AO

Feb

marginalised students, specifically Postgraduate

Our elections will be exciting and increase participation from last year

We will investigate more ways for students to engage with what we do

We will look for ways that we could better support part-time students, producing a document which highlights key issues in their student experience We will seek to improve channels of communication between part time students and ourselves We will run video hustings for elections in order to increase participation We will strive to increase the number of candidates in each election We will run union on tour stalls, taking the elections to students who may not reach the centre of campus. We will make it clear to councillors how they can impact the union We will pilot committees to support the work of full time officers Video Rabbit. We will undertake a review of full time officer roles

Time

CSRO,

March

Time

CSRO

March

Equipment,

CO,

March

Time

SOC

All year

Time

SOC

March

Time

CO, SOC

All year

Time

SOC

All Year

We will review how the unions elected officers function as a team We will empower our representatives on committees to be as effective as they can be

Equipment, Time Time

CO SOC, CSRO, DS

All year

We will co-

We will provide a handbook and training for all of our reps. We will hold events for our reps to meet each other and share experiences We will hold pre-meeting briefings with all our reps to help them be as effective as possible We will put together a co-

Money, time Time

AO AO

All year All year

Time

AO

All Year

Time

SOC Led by

Oct

ordinate our activist development programme

We will increase the work we do within the community off campus

We will run a creative and diverse anti fees and cuts campaign Transparency in decision making

ordinated training programme that meets all of our activists needs We will accredit student volunteers, rewarding them for the work they do and ensuring they are aware of how it benefits them We will pilot the student skills award, a different way for students to recognise and express the skills they have learnt in their time at University We will pilot community based volunteering and work with the university to make sure all volunteers are accredited We will pilot community work in widening participation, which aims to show a role for the union in being an ambassador for education We will run a series of events in the spring term around educating students about the issues in education and broader themes We will review the ways in which students can be involved in our decision making and try to increase it We will conduct a democracy review in order to measure how well we involve students in decision making We will review how union council operates. We will pilot committees to allow more involvement in certain parts of our

FO

Time, Logbooks

SOC Led by CSRO

March

Time

FO

All year

Time

CSRO

All year

Time

CSRO

March

Time

LM, CSRO

Spring semester

Time

SOC All year Subcommittee

Time

SOC All year Subcommittee

Time Time

More ways for students to shape the work of the

SOC Subcommittee SOC

organisation More accessible services

We will write a comprehensive ethical policy which guides the union. We will achieve green impact

organisations We will implement a Zero Tolerance policy in our venues We will aim to be a breast feeding friendly union. We will review how accessible our premises are for disabled students. We will write a single comprehensive policy which guides the union in areas of purchasing

Time, Staff Training Time Time

CSRO, WO CSRO, WO CSRO, ED, SWDO EIO, EO, FO, CSRO

Time

We will aim to make our union Time more environmentally sound and receive an improved Green Impact award.

FO, EO, EIO,