We’ve had a great time in our three years at King’s. However there have also been parts of Uni that are intensely frustrating - inconsistent mental health support, late/poor feedback on assessments and getting lost in the mess of King's admin, to name a few. King's ranks as one of the best Universities in the country, but student satisfaction is depressingly low. King's is broken – its’ not delivering for its students.
So, we (Anna, Amy, Joe & Hannah) have decided to join forces and run for Student Council under our collective campaign – Let’s Fix King's.
I’m Amy and I’m running for VP Education (Arts and Sciences). As a student with learning difficulties, I understand how difficult things like completing essays or navigating through King's bureaucracy can be, and I want to make it easier for us. My priorities are sorting out the admin & timetabling mess, reforming essay and exam regulations and lobbying KCL to diversify the curriculum. Learning at King’s should be accessible and inclusive for everyone.
- Reform the regulations for essay deadlines and replace the 40% capping system with a staggered decrease in marks (following the model of other universities).
- Improve the 4 week policy for essay results and ensure feedback is provided 7 days before the next deadline/exam for the same module.
- Pressure the college into issuing blanket extensions to reflect all IT issues: i.e. if Keats crashes.
- Encourage a more diverse curriculum.
- Improve the learning experience of students with a King's Inclusion Plan by creating more consistent and communicative support from staff to students.
- Restructure mental health services so that students can receive more than 6 hours of counseling per referral, and remove the need for lengthy repeat referral applications.
- Oppose the ‘fit-to-sit’ policy so that essays can be submitted/exams sat whilst the student is waiting for the verdict of their mitigating circumstances.
- Make testing for learning disabilities, such as dyslexia more accessible and widely available.
Fees & Funding:
- Pressure King's to implement a cap on tuition fees. Currently King's can increase fees year-on-year as they wish – this is scheduled to start in September 2017.
- Increase awareness and accessibility of Disabled Student Allowance funding.
- Pressure Kings to introduce a BME paid sabbatical position.
- Show solidarity for the whole of the King's community by getting behind campaigns such as Justice for Cleaners. King's should be an accountable and ethical employer.
- Oppose Prevent and hold the university to account for its invasion of student/staff privacy, and institutionalised racism and the targeting of faith groups .
- Continue the Boycott of the National Student Survey.
- Continuing work already done in consent workshops by pressuring the college into making these compulsory for freshers.
- Continue to pressure King's to divest from arms and fossil fuels, particularly in light of the demilitarize King's campaign.