As we approach the end of this academic year, we sadly have to say goodbye to the 19/20 student officer team. Our officers have worked hard to deliver projects they outlined in their manifestos, and though faced with some new and unprecedented challenges throughout the year, they have delivered a range of new initiatives and made some positive changes to our community.
- Relationship Agreement with KCL
In November, KCLSU President Shaswat and the officer team signed an agreement with Principal Ed Byrne that asked the university to support the union and students. The main agreement points were improving support and opportunities from the KCL Careers and Employment service, increase mental health support to students, campaign to de-colonise the curriculum, and liberate education at King’s and to support student representatives further.
- Physical changes on campus
Nakul (VP Activities and Development) worked with various student groups to deliver physical changes to campus based on your requests. This included delivering four new nap pods in our Bush House and Strand campuses, approval for a Hindu Prayer Room and an outdoor calisthenics gym in Guy’s Campus!
Nafiza (VP Postgraduates) delivered a variety of events catered for postgraduate students, including a games and pizza night, PG coffee mornings across different campuses, wellbeing events, and virtual sessions once we were all off-campus. She is also supporting PG students with a campaign to ensure they have a fair and supportive assessment safety net.
Gurbaaz (VP Arts & Sciences) worked on a range of campaigns to support your studies and make sure your time at King’s is as smooth as it can be. This included a campaign to ‘scrap the cap’ which is asking King’s to review the current late assessment policy which caps students at a 40 mark maximum grade. He also worked on improving mental health services and support for students.
The officer team also worked on a range of projects to help keep you safe in and outside of campus. This includes Nafiza’s KNOW campaign, which participated in the worldwide 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence, hosting a variety of events on campus to raise awareness and support for victims of domestic violence. Gurbaaz also worked on a variety of sustainability initiatives, including the first Sustainability Week to show students and King’s how to be more sustainable and look after our planet.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) was, as you know, an unprecedented situation and something our officer team did not plan on dealing with this year. However, they have faced this issue head-on and are currently working very hard to ensure no student is disadvantaged because of the pandemic. Projects include the PGT Safety Net campaign, offering exam tips and support remotely, and ensuring lectures and library services were readily available online to all students. You can see a full breakdown of what’s going on here.
These are just a few of the many things the 19/20 officer team worked on to make King’s and the SU a better place for you. Want to know more? The officers have written up a detailed report of all of the work they have done this year. You can read it below:
Read the full report here!