Student Officers' Coronavirus Updates

As your Student Officers, we have been doing our best to respond quickly and effectively to your concerns, and mediating a range of issues that have affected our student body due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This page is a space where we can keep you updated with the work we've done so far and what we are hoping to do in the next few months. This is also a space where you can get in touch with us and let us know of any issues you have or if you’d like to get involved in any of the work we’re doing.

Exams and Assessments

What we've done

  • We heard from you in our Town Hall sessions that there weren’t enough informal study spaces on campus, so we worked with KCLSU colleagues to ensure more spaces were provided, including converting our venues into informal study spaces.
  • We asked King’s to move all assessment deadlines from the travel window during the Winter break, and they actioned this where possible.
  • We issued a statement asking King’s to reconsider their assessment mitigations following a joint Russell group statement about a no detriment policy.
  • We wrote a paper alongside the Assessment team at King’s highlighting the issues which occurred over Assessment Period 1 2020/21, which will be presented to faculties and management to urge them to ensure systems are prepared for the upcoming exam and assessment series.
  • We continued to work on and successfully passed a motion to change the Late Submission Cap, to bring it more in line with other universities, and give students 24 hours after their assessment deadline where only a 10-mark deduction will apply as opposed to marks being capped at a pass.

What we're working on

Facilitating conversations with students on the now released Fair Assessment policy, to ensure students have their voices heard about the mitigations in place for students taking assessments in Academic Year 2020/21.


Want to know more or get involved in our work around Exams and Assessments? Get in touch with Ali.

Tuition Fees

What we've done

What we're working on

We continue supporting the above campaigns and students where possible.


Want to know more or get involved in our work around Tuition Fees? Get in touch with Vatsav.

Residences

What we've done

  • We have facilitated conversations between King's and the KCL Cut the Rent student group which have been successful. Through these conversations King's has agreed to all of the student group's demands, including allocating £50,000 for KAAS students.
  • We worked with King’s to ensure students were given appropriate options for contract cancellation and rent rebates due to the national lockdown.
  • We held a Q&A with King’s Residences to support you in asking any questions you might have about university and private accommodation.
  • We challenged Residences to create a self-isolation package that was appropriate to the scale of disruption caused and included menstrual products for those who needed them.
  • A letter, produced by the Officer Team and co-signed by the current Principal, Senior Vice President (Operations) and Vice President (Education) has been released in order to help privately renting students or students in non-KCL student accommodation to achieve relaxations of contract terms and financial flexibility/rebates due to the ongoing pandemic.

What we're working on

  • We are working with the KCL Cut the Rent student group to ensure their concerns and demands are listened to by the university.

Want to know more or get involved in our work around Residences? Get in touch with Tasnia or Niall.

Wellbeing

What we've done

  • We successfully reinstated Wednesday afternoons as protected time for students through our Protect Wednesday Afternoons campaign to be able to partake in group activities, self-study, part-time work or continue using the time for any other responsibilities and external activities they need it for.
  • We challenged Residences to create a self-isolation package that was appropriate to the scale of disruption caused and included menstrual products for those who needed them.

What we're working on

Listening to students' concerns in regards to wellbeing and working with KCLSU and King's Wellbeing and Advice teams to improve students' wellbeing and overall experience at King's


Want to know more or get involved in our work around Wellbeing? Get in touch with our Student Officers.

Student Voice

What we've done

  • We collated some of the student comments we received to our callout for comments on ‘Academic experience during online learning into a report which was presented at College Education Committee.
  • We know how important it is that student voice and perspective is heard and valued, so we worked with the KCLSU Community Rep team on a proposal for a Shared Approach to Student Voice between King’s and KCLSU. This was approved by King’s at their College Education Committee.
  • Developed the Town Halls format to allow students to share their insights into the student experience, more recently in the presence of KCL staff and lay Council members to create meaningful discussion and subsequently change, fronted by the voices of students.

What we're working on

We held consultations which created the student submission for monitoring KCL’s Access and Participation Plan for 2019-20, which included considering how universities had included under-represented groups in their response to COVID.


Want to know more or get involved in our work around Student Voice? Get in touch with Ali.

International Students

What we've done

  • We asked King’s to provide appropriate resources for students who were travelling home for the Winter break and got them to agree to subsidise up to £100 for students requiring ‘Fit to Fly’ tests.

What we're working on

We are working with our International Students Network Officer to understand how we can best support our International Students, including participating in the International Student Fee Compensation campaign.


Want to know more or get involved in our work around International Students? Get in touch with our Student Officers.


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