THE SU BIG PLAN 2023-24

 

Using student feedback gathered, your Sabbatical Officers have created The Big Plan, which directs the SU's focus over the year.

The Big Plan is at the heart of everything the SU does. The Big Plan has been formed to work on what matters to you right now.

This page outlines our priorities and progress, as well as other aims which you will help us decide upon during the year. If you have any queries about The Big Plan, please do not hesitate to email Adrian at vpinternational@essex.ac.uk.  

Create peer support groups

 

 

We match students to a group comprising of a mix of other students. Experienced students help to support a group. Groups will share memories, life skills, tips, tricks, experiences, well-being support and friendship. The aim is to deal with loneliness, knowledge gaps and sense of belonging.

SUCCESS CRITERIA:

  • There is a substantial increase in first time engagement in the SU
  • 25 students registered to be group leaders for next year

PROGRESS TO DATE:

  • Following the success from the October pilot we are working on the next set of applicants from January starters 
  • We have delivered training to volunteers who are going to facilitate the groups.
  • We have reviewed the program to adapt to the aspects that we saw could be improved (i.e., messaging prompts).

 

These are the people working to deliver these changes :

 

VP student experience

joar blume robertsson 

VP welfare

nifemi wilson-adu

 

 

vp education

joe holmes

MAKE EDUCATION ENGAGING

 

aims:

  • Departmental Belonging: establish Department Networks, improve department common rooms and study spaces, facilitate departmental activities.
  • Resources and Skills: Improve how academic skills training is delivered, boost the visibility of skills, careers and support services and review interfaces & accessibility of online materials and polices like ECs.
  • Increase awareness of ways to be more actively involved in your learning, help students feel more engaged in campus life and work to reduce anxiety and mitigate other factors so attendance and engagement returns to a good level.

Success Criteria:

  • Establish relations for Department Networks (3 by end of Term 1),  
  • EC terminology has been updated for simplicity to students.
  • Students have more opportunities to be active participants in education.
  • We have made substantial process in reviewing all online resources.

Progress TO DATE: 

  • Working with 4 Departments (including 1 in Southend) testing the Department Network model while finalising plans to provide the same benefits for all departments next term – including mixers for each department. 
  • Raising the profile of student voice and shouting about our impact. More Student Reps attending SVGs so far this year than ever before and over 370 trained Student Reps already. 
  • Shaping the academic policies and procedures through the AI Advisory Group to make sure processes are fair, well communicated and provide the best student outcomes. 
  • Improving skills training through collaboration, with our Skills Café will be launched next term. We will also host collaborative sessions with the University's Student Development Team.
  • Building a new Academic Framework for the University that incorporates some of our priorities to combine a lot of projects into one overall framework, including processes like ECs and active participation.
  • Fed into the Activate campaign and will bolster the SU's opportunities campaign next time.

 

These are the people working to deliver these changes :

 

VP education

joe holmes 

VP community & engagement

quratulain MUZAMMIL

 

 

vp southend

marium marsoor

provide the right to feel safe

 

 

We want students to have lit paths after 1am, a form of transport instead of taxis once buses stop running, as well as supporting students in realising their value in supporting fellow students to feel safe. 

aims: 

  • Have the Enough campaign implemented at all campuses.
  • The City Council have passed a policy on improving lighting in the area.
  • Have a fully funded implementation plan in place for late night transport.

Progress: 

  • Lighting: We now have two local councilors and the Local MP now back the lighting campaign and are pressurizing Essex County Council to make a change. Nifemi and Kieran will be meeting with the councilors to discuss strategy in the coming weeks.
  • Enough Campaign and Be there certificate: We are working on launching a ' Be There. Be Aware. Show you care’ campaign with the objectives to:
    • Promote the Be There certificate
    • Encouraging being an active bystander
    • Get people to understand the importance of using report & support
  • With so many different topics & aspects to be covered, we’ve broken the safety campaign into different sections and looked at how each should be utilized online and on campus. Ensuring that the main call to action is clear. That we want students to be there for themselves and others, be aware and an active bystander in our university community. Show you care by using the report and support platform.
  • We have finalized with the university getting the Be There certificate on Chart my Path! 
  • Late Night Transport:  We have a proposal for a late-night transport system similar to Keele University where we would need 3 more minibuses making 4 that could run on busier nights and around exam season. We have looked at two scenario situations with charging £1 and one for charging £2 for the bus. In both scenarios we would still be making a loss of either £40,000 a year or £18,000 a year as an SU which would not be financially sustainable. So, because of this we are looking to see if the University can agree to support our desire to provide a safe late night transport option for our students once buses run out after a late-night study session in our 24/7 library and cover this £40,000 loss before we are able to implement any proposal.

 

These are the people  working to deliver these changes:

VP welfare

NIFEMI WILSON-ADU

su president

KIERAN PHILLIPS

VP international

ADRIAN WONG

 

ensure finance is fair

 

 

We want students to feel that they are getting value for money from their accommodation and have the option of flexible payment plans for fees and accommodation.

AIMS: 

  • To ensure our students feel they are getting value for money from accommodation.
  • To have the option of flexible payment plans for fees and accommodation

 

PROGRESS:

  1. Started a monthly payment option pilot scheme
  2. Have agreed a price-based accommodation quality charter
  3. Non-course specific bursaries for E15 students
  4. More transparent on international student fees
  5. Negotiating with the University, to see what are the possible option 
  6. Still drafting the document, aiming by the end of this term
  7. Still waiting the University to have a meeting to discuss possible option
  8. Got a confirmation from the University. It will happen in 24-25. But still waiting a document.

 

These are the people working to deliver these changes:

 

VP international

adrian wong 

VP student experience

joar blume-robertsson

VP southend

MARIUM MARSOOR

 

bring back an annual student celebration

 

 

Students work so hard not just on studying but to contribute both to the University community and the wider Essex community. We want this to be recognised in a large-scale celebration once a year to allow our students to let their hair down and celebrate their impact.

AIMS: 

  • A celebration with at least 3000 students across all campuses.
  • A blueprint to be used yearly to continue the celebration. 

Progress: 

  • The board of trustees have decided they are unable to take a high financial risk and therefore this will be a much smaller event.
  • Work is currently taking place to figure the most financially viable option and any decision will need to be made by the end of January
  • We are now exploring cheaper alternatives that still deliver a fun event at a reasonable price IE an event across 6 venues for £15. Once the basic details are confirmed we will look for rep involvement in the planning.

 

These are the people working to deliver these changes:

 

su president

kieran phillips

VP community & engagement

QURATULAIN MUZAMMIL

 

 

treat loughton as equals

 

 

The Loughton campus requires a unique plan to ensure it has the same, brilliant experience as the rest of the university, and remains an attractive place for students to study with its world class reputation.

AIMS: 

  • The café remains student friendly and works with timetables
  • Support scheme to alleviate guarantor issues
  • Students have contact with professionals for career development
  • Each building has a gender-neutral toilet

PROGRESS:

  • Surveys has been released to all student and we are planning a meeting with Essex food to debrief and improve the Café
  • Discussion with the Gender-neutral team but they should now be introduced ready for January
  • Work in the other areas continue to frustrate

 

These are the people working to deliver these changes:

 

east 15 president

nina bricard