Has the thought of re-reimbursement come about in senior managements minds? Do they really think that as a college they have provided the students with 'good-value for money'? Would they pay £3000 for the service they have provided? Do they feel like they have given the "highest quality vocational training and education" like they say they provide on the website? I hate to compare to other Universities, but most I know of have seen no drop in contact hours, whereas Bruford's seem to of melted away. Why hasn't the college been flexible enough to address these issues, and alter their ways of creating and delivering content? Speaking on Lighting Design, when the tutor has been unable to deliver the lectures due to personal reasons, why hasn't there been provision for someone to step in been made? This surely wouldn't be the same if we were at Bruford. If it had provisions had been made, this could've increased our contact hours. Again, the changes to the timetable have been pretty dreadful. Lectures have been cancelled a day in advance, and in one case, we were told 5 minutes before the lecture was meant to start that it had been postponed. I can't help feeling mildly annoyed again, that I have payed £3000 for roughly 20 hours of teaching. My main question is: do the college feel they have provided a service that they can pride themselves upon, and feel confident that they have provided an acceptable service that has been worth our money?
The lack of resources available. Not every library book is online, we don’t have any of the equipment that we have access to at college.
I think as well, as i can only talk on behalf of those from DMTA, our whole learning experience has completely done down the drain. We are, in some cases, having to now take away from our third year to complete shows that should have gone on during the summer term. Some have been assessed on events that had to be cancelled or were started but had to be stopped (obviously this one effects the SOP too). I just don’t think the college has fully realised how much this has impacted all of us. Did they really think teaching art degrees remotely would be so simple? We are not like other universities, we therefore can not just assume that this pandemic will effect us in the same way. I feel slightly let down by a university I fought so hard to able to study at.
Would love to know where my £3k for the summer term has gone? Has anyone seen it? I'm really excited for someone to try and justify why that's an acceptable amount of money to take part in a bi-weekly video call. And before someone attempts to argue that its necessary for the survival of the college, I might point out that the inefficiencies and lacking adaptability within your business are not my problem and that a lack of financial resilience within the organisation should not and must not become the problem of the students. Particularly when the college reports it has cash reserves into the millions. It is outrageous to even begin to suggest that the students should be forced to fund the college to enable its survival. We are paying for a service, and that service has not been delivered to an acceptable level for an extended period of time. The organisation must answer for this,.
Also would be great if someone could let me know why it only came to light through a group facebook message that the senior member of staff responsible for my program (CLC) and quite probably other programs is now somebody called Christine, who has been in her post for some time now. I accept that change is part and parcel of the organisation, however the fact this was not communicated in any way is frankly shambolic and utterly unacceptable. It raises serious questions and concerns as to competence of those responsible for this.
I look forward to being ignored, not as if we're paying for this sinking ship...
The need to work from home, I find it really hard to focus and work From home.
can you elaborate in abit more detail about what makes it hard to work at home? Is it the environment? the lack of equipment? etc
@Rose SU A bit of both, the environment is hard to work in, normally i like to write essays in places like the bruford cafes or in professional venue cafes where it’s a much more creative environment and more thought provoking? Also access to books etc is hard, although Frank is doing an excellent job of supplying books to people it doesn’t beat flicking Through multiple books looking for what you need?
Just Being told to find information on how to use mahara and teams on the VLE and mahara, which I didn’t have access to in the first place due to no internet...
also the lack of support for e.g. dyslexic studentS now that we’re doing more reading and writing than normal for our studies
Staff being overworked meaning our contact hours and support are essentially non existant. The ability to talk to an irp supervisor once or twice a week is not enough
These comments were left during the pervious SU's tenure, but we will be considering them when talking to senior management about the current situation. Please do continue to let us know how you feel and how we can improve Rose Bruford!
- Natasha, Gender Equality Officer