- ‘Campaign for a safety net 2020/2021’
- ‘A Near Miss Policy Is Not Enough’
- ‘Safety net/Near miss policy’
We know how much this mattered to those of you who voted, so we welcomed the University’s introduction of a new?Safety Net Policy?to support students during 2020/21, with important information available in this?University blog post?and?FAQs page.
We are pleased that our own Near Miss Policy proposals contributed largely to the implementation of these measures and that some of these measures will be permanent changes that will benefit students in future years, too.
We are working alongside all students to provide more nuanced forms of support for those who feel they are not covered by the Safety Net Policy. We hope that by listening to those marginalised communities who may need more individualised assistance, we can provide further reassurances in the future, that alongside these Safety Net measures we can make University systems such as PEC forms and Wellbeing more effective.
- ‘Better support for staff and students alike’
- ‘Better Training in Canvas for Staff and Students’
We hope that the aforementioned Safety Measures will better support students.
We have successfully lobbied the University to allow for PEC forms to be approved without any evidence. This means that if you submit a PEC form and can explain how your learning has been impacted, you will not have to submit supporting evidence.
Finally, we have also been raising concerns around Canvas at senior University meetings. If you have specific concerns Canvas training on your programme, we recommend that you contact your Course Rep.
Your Education Officer and Postgraduate Officer work regularly alongside members of academic staff, including Deans and Heads of School to ensure that they can provide you with the best quality online learning experience. We understand that this has been inconsistent this year in some cases. However, we want to reassure you that we have been listening to both students and staff during the pandemic in order to support them with online teaching and learning.
- ‘More Info About Exams’
The new Safety Net Policy for 2020/21 should provide students with reassurance about how their assessments will be marked fairly in recognition of the impacts of COVID-19 on students.
The full Safety Net policy will be implemented in time for the second semester assessment period. Assessments have been chosen by schools to ensure that you will not be at a disadvantage compared to previous cohorts. NUSU has been encouraging academic staff to consider the context of the Covid-19 pandemic when marking assessments with a view to keeping assessments fair and in line with what resources students have been able to access.