This year the new vice-chancellor has commissioned a new strategy to be developed, and within that consultation process widening participation and diversifying the student body has been prominent, and clearly important to a lot of members of the University.
We believe that claiming widening participation is a key priority, yet still increasing rents and pricing out poorer students is unacceptable and we, the officers of the Students' Union, deem this unacceptable.
So what have we done?
- Used every committee meeting and forum we had access to to raise our concerns.- Written a blog illustrating our concerns.- Met with key members of the University, who hold the budgets, and set the budgets.- Written to the Vice-chancellor.
What can you do?
We are asking you to stand with us in demanding answers and show your support by signing and sharing this petition. We are asking you to share our email to the Vice-chancellor. We are asking you to care and to be angry with us.
Laura Ho, Thomas Phipps, Jamie Cross, Stephanie Harris, Max Austin, Sarah RedrupBristol SU Officers, 2015-2016