The University of Gloucestershire has recently announced that it is undertaking a financial sustainability exercise in reaction to the downturn in the number of student applications to UK Higher Education Institutions over the next 3 years. The University of Gloucestershire Students’ Union (SU) understands this means that the University needs to make budget savings for September 2019 across its operations.
The SU fully understands the challenging environment all Universities are working under. The UK Higher education sector is challenging, market forces and rising costs are resulting in difficult times ahead for all Universities, and in particular for post-92 institutions like ours.
Since 2012 and the increase in University tuition fees, the SU has witnessed challenging circumstances for our students. Some of these challenges have been: rising tuition fees and living costs; a pressure to perform academically whilst enjoying a full university experience; a competitive graduate jobs sector; and an increase in students experiencing difficulty with their wellbeing and mental health.
Students choose to study at the University of Gloucestershire to enhance their life chances and to have a great experience whilst they are here paying for the privilege. Therefore, as the University looks to make savings over the next few years it is critical that students, their learning, their development, their wellbeing and their experience is put first. Whilst we are sympathetic to the University’s position and appreciate that savings need to be made, this should not be at the expense of the holistic student experience. Savings which impact on the student experience will exacerbate the challenges our students already face.
The SU is working hard to ensure that current students are put first, that student experience is not just viewed within the confines of teaching and learning, and that the University commits to being as transparent as possible with the rationale behind any reduction/withdrawal in services.
The SU will be meeting each month with the Vice-Chancellor and the University Executive, as well as attending University Council and academic board meetings. We will be ensuring students' voices are heard by key University decision makers in order to seek to influence decisions that ensure current and future University of Gloucestershire students are put first.
If you would like more information or you would like to raise any issue please contact your full-time officer team, using ‘My UoG Experience’ as your email header and emailing firstname.lastname@example.org