We’re Gabi, Aleks, and Lucy – your Battersea, Kensington and White City co-presidents at RCA SU. We work for you, representing the student body in all college matters; committed to supporting parity of experience for all, we are your voice in meetings and communication with university management.
You’re an important member of the community here at the college. Your opinion matters to us. We want to make everyone’s time at the RCA safe and rewarding. That’s why we put together ‘Our Values’ community guidelines, so please take a look! This year we’ll be introducing Active Community Training, an anti-harrasment and anti-discrimination inititative which we’re distributing via program forums and our freshly minted Equality and Diversity Reps – a new addition to the Rep system. We are also excited to announce that we are working towards appointing a new role in the SU team of a Diversity and Equality Officer. The introduction of this role is an important development which will enable us to allocate the necessary resources for the RCA to adopt the Race and Equality Higher Education Charter (which we’d really like them to do). If all goes to plan, we’ll have this post filled by the start of Spring term – happy days!
This year, we’ll be working closely with Student Support. With their help we’ll ensure that EU students have access to all the up-to-date support and information they’ll need to navigate Brexit more successfully than our politicians. Together, we’ll be looking into improving language accessibility for International students and ways to improve their experience overall. We’ll be paying closer attention to the socio-economic status of our students by introducing relevant support groups and workshops, as well as co-organising a mental health week with Student Support, and being part of the college’s mental health working group.
As the SU, we support a range of student societies, and encourage them to organise events year-round. We also organise our own events such as the Decolonising the Institution talks, Christmas Fete, Green Week and of course, end of term parties. You will find a lot of useful resources on our website, including a growing Skillshare Platform and a Material Swap section on the Noticeboard, so keep an eye out for those.
As the college expands and changes, we’ll be working with the college to ensure that our students needs stay right at the top of the agenda, and we’ll continue supporting UCU and UNITE staff unions in order to make the RCA a better place for all. Our annual SU Survey allows us to gauge student experience and see what we’re doing right, and what we could be doing better – by filling it out, you help us work harder for you. We are committed to delivering at least one Behind the Scenes Report per term, detailing what we’ve been up to and how we’ve been representing your concerns in higher university structures. We promise to always be honest and transparent. Come and talk to us – our door is always open!