Manifesto

Candidate for the position of President (full-time, paid)

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ANNA SMITH

Let's Fix King's

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 Kings 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 – it’s not delivering for its students.

So, we (Anna, Amy, Joe & Hannah) have decided to join forces and run for Student Office under our collective campaign – Let’s Fix Kings.

I’m Anna and I’m running for President. My priorities are making King’s a more inclusive space and showing solidarity with campaigns across the whole King’s community. As President, I want to ensure communication and unity between all the sabbatical officers to make the SU a more effective and student-serving entity.

King’s Administration:  

  • Improve the 4-week policy for essay results and ensure feedback is provided 7 days before the next deadline/exam for the same module.
  • Work towards diversifying the curriculum.
  • Reform the regulations for essay deadlines and replace the 40% capping system with a staggered decrease in marks (following the model of other universities)

Mental Wellbeing:

  • Restructure mental health services so that students can receive more than 6 hours of counselling per referral, and remove the need for lengthy repeat referral applications.
  • If a student has already been through the referral process once, they should not be required to go through the process again if they wish to re-access counselling services.
  • 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.

Fees & Funding:

  • Pressure Kings to implement a cap on tuition fees. Currently, Kings can increase fees year-on-year as they wish – this is scheduled to start in September 2017.
  • Pressure Kings to introduce a BME paid sabbatical position.

Campaigns:

  • Show solidarity for the whole of the Kings community by getting behind campaigns such as Justice for Cleaners. Kings 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 kings to divest from arms and fossil fuels, particularly in light of the Demilitarise King’s campaign.