Disclaimer: this plan will be constantly updated and was created for a Sabb 2021/2022 meeting on the 23rd March 2021
Mental health is prioritised for all students.
- More awareness of local wellbeing centres and resources.
- Reduce the stigma of asking for help.
- Personal academic tutors provide frequent communication and point to support.
- Work with students to identify the support they need and implement it.
- Workshops to support handling finance, budgeting, time management and managing stress.
- Implement monthly virtual coffee meetings for all courses.
- Provide support for exam anxiety and stress.
- Resources for students feeling homesick.
- Creating a buddy scheme for all courses.
- More awareness for exam adjustments.
- More awareness of student crisis fund.
Student feedback & buddy schemes.
- Termly student feedback forms to be completed by students and collated by course representatives who identify the strengths and weaknesses and discuss with module leads and SUSU.
- Module leads will be expected to improve based on results of the survey.
- SUSU to provide support for course representatives and can represent a course if improvements have not been made.
- All first-year students to be allocated a buddy in another year group to provide support and guidance without interfering with academic integrity.
Standardisation for PATs.
- Personal academic tutors to ask students about how often students would like contact.
- Allow further training, if needed, for PATs to undertake to feel confident in supporting students.
- Provide PATs with information on local wellbeing and mental health support centres.
- Students to organise termly one to one call with their PAT to discuss progression, need for support, and future goals (if applicable).
Prioritising student voice and making voting accessible.
- Give course representatives more ownership over their role by analysing student feedback data.
- Allow course representatives to call in module leads at least once per term to discuss student feedback and how to improve the course.
- Involve SUSU in the university experience.
- Update the website to make voting easier/ able to handle more traffic.
- Ensure student communications are engaging and appealing to all students.
Students offered free life and digital skills workshops.
- Run online and physical workshops, accessible for teaching staff and students, for:
- Finance and budgeting.
- Writing a CV.
- Using digital tools.
- Using Microsoft products.
- Using Blackboard Collaborate.
- Writing an email.
- Ask students what they would like to learn to support them in their future.
- Create online, accessible guides on life and digital skills for current students and offer-holders.
Hate speech and attacks.
- ‘National Hate Crime Awareness’ week – share best practice from other universities (e.g., webinars, presentations and resources).
- Awareness of the reporting tool developed by SUSU which can be used to report sexual misconduct, harassment and hate crime.
- Work with VPW&C to act on NSS response ensuring students feel safe at the university and push decision-makers to a suitable resolution.
- Hold the university accountable by developing working groups to ensure that issues are addressed and tackling hate crime is permanent.
- Lobby the university to commit to long-term resources to fund student and staff safeguarding projects and roles.
- Work with the University and VPW&C to identify effective and inclusive support from victims/survivors in what they find helpful or less helpful regarding support.
- Push for reviews of disciplinary processes with student feedback to establish what is working and what is not working.
Consent Awareness and Sexual Harassment.
- Resources for students on this topic: internal and external methods of support, ramifications for false accusations, and a full definition of consent, sexual harassment, and assault.
- Invite specialists in to discuss the importance of consent awareness and sexual harassment/assault.
- A system that thoroughly investigates cases of sexual assault or harassment, as well as a zero-tolerance policy.
- Create further access to counselling and support with VPW&C.
- A dedicated spot on SUSU’s website for more information on support, guides and reporting sexual assault or harassment.
- Sexual health and consent promoted on SUSU to reduce stigma.
- Societies sign the pledge developed by Soton CASHES.
- Improve the University’s strategies and guidelines in relation to investigations.
- Work with VPA representation to encourage more students to join societies and have committees act as Resource for societies that need better recognition to be available for all students.
- Push the You Make Change system to encourage students to use their voice and make
- Make changes on Southampton systems to make it easier for students to amend names/gender changes.
- Ensuring disadvantaged students are fairly affected by University examinations (especially due to COVID/looking after family).
- Remove the limit on course representatives, especially where courses have over 100 students.
- Students do not feel completely supported at the university.
- Need more support for students with ADD and other difficulties that affect their coursework.
- Some PATs have not reached out to students since September.
If you have any feedback, or would like to raise a point for me to work on now, or during my term in office, please don’t hesitate to contact me on Discord (#lottie6669), email, Instagram or Twitter.