Your Big Ideas

Your Big Ideas

Do you have an Idea about how to make the Students’ Union, University or the wider community better for students?

Your Big Ideas are a great way to make meaningful change on campus. Submit your Idea online and share with your friends and course mates. If your Big Idea achieves 50 or more votes in favour after 28 days, it will be taken forward; either to an appropriate meeting such as Students’ Council or by meeting with the appropriate person(s) to help make your idea a reality. If a Big Idea gets approval at Students’ Council, it will become Students’ Union policy and we will work with you on making it happen!

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Previous Big Ideas-turned reality have included free period provisions on campus, an extension to the academic calendar and free disability screening.

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    Supporting Teaching Strikes


      "UCLan Students’ Union, like UCU, is a membership led, democratically driven organisation. The values we hold as important are the same values that underpin UCU: collectivism and campaigning. As such when UCU enact these values to strive for positive change for their members, we support that. We support it because these are the same principles and values that we seek to enact." - quoted from the SU website.

      UCU members are striking over pensions, pay, and working conditions. And I know as students, it’s frustrating that you’re losing out on lectures, workshops, and lab time because of these strikes, especially when you’ve paid your tuition fees. However, if you look at the UCLan student infographic, you can see it is a fraction of your tuition fee that is spent on teaching, which goes to the university, not lecturers directly. Value for Money Statement - UCLan

      As Vice President Education, I advocate for so many positive changes on behalf of students for academic staff to implement but I see lecturers not only teaching, but working on research, being part of working groups and committees, and sitting on panels. This is a lot of work for relatively low pay. I think it’s important to support teaching staff during strikes because the way they are treated directly impacts the teaching students receive.

      Obviously, I’m part of the Students’ Union and our membership is students. In the last set of strikes, we remained neutral but I had students asking me how they can support their lecturers, so this time I want to open the conversation up about if you want to support academic staff and how you want the union to do that.

      Please leave any feedback in the comments – very happy to hear both sides of the argument!

    Harley Keasey
    3:37pm on 26 Jan 23 I completely understand the need for the strikes and I am willing to support staff, however, being on a highly practical course (BA Theatre and Performance) we're unable to be taught at home for our workshops as we don't have the necessary space or support that we require to complete our modules. 18 days does constitute to a lot of time in the theatre. Whilst more academic courses may be able to self teach or continue working without lecturers, spaces and resources, as performance students, this becomes a lot more difficult for us.
    Sarah Lyon
    4:10pm on 26 Jan 23 I know the majority of my lecturer's go above and beyond for their students, myself included. They are providing support where inclusive support are falling short (which they do not have to do), they are carving out extra time to provide this support and, in some cases even fighting for an 'even playing field' where there are disparities for some students. It is for these reasons i would fully support the teaching strikes.
    Caitlin Watson
    9:32pm on 26 Jan 23 I strongly support the teaching strikes. The lecturers in my course have always went above and beyond for us and it would be unfair to feel frustrated at them for strike action when it is a failing elsewhere. I’ve never been more supported by a staff team and I think they’re undervalued for the work they do.
    Kevin Rigotti
    4:52pm on 27 Jan 23 The University has invested millions in buildings. It should be equally willing to invest in the people who work in them. Nobody wants to go on strike, but I trust them to know when it is necessary.
    Jessica Romero
    12:16pm on 1 Feb 23 I am a student who is having to pay part of their tuition fees out of their own pocket and while I understand and support the strike action, I think it is important to me to understand where my money is going (since lecturers do not get paid for strike action). I know some of it goes toward buildings being open but what I signed up for when I started at this university was the course. 10% of my tuition fee is being lost and again as I am on a performance course it’s not like we can “catch up” as we need the contact time. So all in all yes I support the strikes. I just think that the university should be held accountable for this action also.
    Robert Mosley
    6:54pm on 1 Feb 23 Where personally I reject the notion of strikes, upon discussion with colleagues, those who participated in my vote between us, the overwhelming response is that my course is in favour of the strikes
    Muhammad Waheed
    6:27pm on 7 Feb 23 I agree with this very much. It has helped me understand that for us as students to have a better experience and much more supportive lecturers, the happiness and pay of lecturers is very key. Well done to the person making this article, it has opened the eyes of many.
    Lauren Robertson
    11:04am on 8 Feb 23 As a research student, I wholly support the strikes. The working conditions aren't sustainable and are unfair for both early career and established academics in the field. For many of the academic staff striking, they have worked for years to get to where they want to be in their careers, and now are faced with a lack of stability and security and huge workloads. Most of the academic staff go above and beyond to support our academic and professional development and I think we should all be supporting them!
    Ryan Varghese Kuruvilla
    noon on 8 Feb 23 As an international student who is in a scientific course, we pay a substantial amount more than local students. Some part of the course is practical based, and we are losing a number of practicals, in addition to some theory lessons. Many students have difficulties in studying when left to their own devices. In light of the given context, our batch has voted (almost) unanimously in favor of reimbursement for classes lost during strikes. As far as support for the strikes is concerned, it appears to be quite patchy, with one half in favor and the other half against the premise of strikes. The entire course structure has had to be changed due to the time lost, and at least one of my batch mates now faces the risk of not getting to perform the practical that he wanted to hand in. Personally, while the rationale for these strikes may be somewhat understandable, someone has to be held accountable for this disruption caused to the students who are paying for this course.
    Amanda Mellish
    12:29pm on 8 Feb 23 I support the strikes thoroughly. I'm lucky in that my course is not practical, but I have been on a practical course previously that was disrupted heavily by external issues (covid). The university should reimburse students for lost time, especially international students, and they should shift their priorities so they can pay the staff/lecturers the money they are truly worth.
    Justine Titley
    5:30pm on 8 Feb 23 So what I did was writing a statement to the VC, joined the picket line, show support and listened to the lecturers concerns to see things from their personal point of view, getting hot drinks on the picket line and spreading the information. I think these were great ways of showing support but it didn't really make much of a difference with only a few of us. In my opinion, the SU should be spreading the information and making sure students know what they can do to help, making information accessible isn't choosing a side, it's the most able form of staying neutral.
    Jack Hutton
    6:46pm on 8 Feb 23 The purpose of a strike is to inconvenience people, if you're in opposition to the strikes because of this then you're missing the whole point of a strike. The livelihoods of others should not be brought down to an unsurvivable level due to our convince or wanting. I'm well within support of the strikes and the ability to do so, people should be allowed to have opposition in whatever non-violent way they see fit.
    Nicola Kemp
    6:53pm on 8 Feb 23 I support the strikes. I am also writing to the Prof Graham Baldwin, alongside his role of VC here at UCLan, he is also deputy chair of the UCEA board and is therefore very much in an influential position. Perhaps the SU could also write to him to ask what action he plans to take to support the staff and students at uclan and nationwide.
    Kathryn Sharrock
    8:19pm on 16 Feb 23 I fully support our lecturers in their strike actions and the reasons why. But I am paying tuition fees, and as a self-funder and strikes that run on the days I am supposed to be attending, I am losing out on the support I would be receiving face to face. Over the last 3 years I have had many challenges trying to complete a photography degree during a global pandemic which has caused many restrictions on meeting the tasks required by course content. I thought that with all this being over now, I could continue with my course without problems but am now having to contend with strikes. I am also a disabled student, so trying to arrange further trips to the university in order to get support again is not ideal. This is costing some of my fellow students' extra costs with covering childcare which in the current financial climate is stretching budgets and we don't have endless pockets.
    Izabella Grey
    4:26pm on 20 Feb 23 I, and my course mates, fully support our academic staff in their strikes and all of their aimed goals. The university must meet their reasonable demands! No academic staff should be on 0 hour contracts! They should be getting paid a more appropriate wage! I am frustrated by the stikes and losing teaching time, but this frustration rests with the University and government, not with those who are striking!
    Mariama Sekloawu
    5:23pm on 20 Feb 23 I fully support the strikes. Its very frustrating for missed classes, but this is not the fault of our lecturers. Instead, the University really needs to be held accountable. Where our tuition fee is spent needs to be made more transparent, as others have mentioned, and the fact that UCLan can spend millions on new buildings and not their staff, which are the backbone of the University, is quite infuriating. Please hold UCLan accountable!!
    Bethany O'Donnell
    6:49pm on 20 Feb 23 I support the strikes. It is inconvenient to miss classes, but this isn't the fault of lecturers. Also, scheduling strike action and then cancelling is an inconvenience to students and staff especially at late notice. Additionally, it does not portray the university in a reliable or professional light. Cancelling strikes at late notice gives teachers less time to prepare for useful and educational lectures. Please hold UCLan accountable rather than the lecturer's.

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