Recent campaign wins:
Mental health support
This year we lobbied the university to increase the budget for counselling by £250,000 to help with the increasing demand for support. With this they have doubled the amount of mental health advisors, hired an additional two full time counsellors and extended access to weekends and evenings.
We lobbied for changes to the extenuating circumstances policy to ensure the university’s process is as easy, robust and accessible to students as possible. This included changes such as mental health to be listed as a serious medical condition and no longer needing a police report for cases of sexual assault. To read about all the changes check out Scarlett’s blog.
Unconscious Bias Training
From 2017, unconscious bias training will be mandatory for all staff. We believe this training is a step towards creating an inclusive culture that identifies and helps eliminate hidden bias - whether this is race, gender, disability or sexuality - with the aim of reducing discrimination.
Gender Neutral Toilets
In November 2015 we launched our first transgender awareness week and a petition for gender neutral toilets. This campaign was successful and UAL now has gender neutral toilets across all 13 campuses.
24 Hour Library
Our petition for a 24 hour library gathered over 2000 signatures in 48 hours. We won, and we now have longer library opening hours at every college, and a 24 hour library at CSM KX during spring and summer term.
Fix the Fees
We stopped tuition fee increases for continuing home and EU students for 2017/18.
From 2015/16 UAL has agreed to introduce anonymous marking wherever possible to make sure everyone is marked fairly and without any bias.
In 2015, we made the University reduce the price of colour printing by 50%. Now we’re lobbying to make it free!
Mental health support
From 2016 the University is going to be introducing a new mental health adviser to support the growing number of students who experience mental health issues at university. On top of this, we’ve lobbied for mental health to be listed as a serious medical condition on the extenuating circumstances guidance for 2015/16.
Scrapping international student sign-ins
Until recently, international students had to come to LCF High Holborn every week to prove their attendance. We thought this was detrimental and unnecessary – and we got the University to scrap the sign-ins.
Working together with trades unions, we convinced UAL to pay all of its staff, including outsourced staff, no less than the London Living Wage.
Free Wednesday afternoons
UAL agreed Wednesday afternoons would be free for all undergraduate students so that they can take part in extra-curricular activities such as sports and societies. If you’re studying a BA course and have anything scheduled for Wednesday afternoons, please get in touch with your Activities Officer, Eleanor West, and we’ll sort it out: firstname.lastname@example.org