The Students' Association recognises that end of semesters can be very challenging, especially for student parents who have other responsibilities. Together with Rise & Shine Childcare, we provided a free mobile creche which allowed student parents to book childcare for their children so that they can have more time to revise for exams.
We received some positive feedback from student parents who appreciated the service. This is a service that we may look to run in the future but it does require high engagement to be viable. So if you are a student parent then please get in touch via email or social media, however you prefer, and let us know if this is something that interests you.
We at the Students' Association believe that no student should have their studies and time at university impacted by a lack of feminine hygiene products. A Free Period campaign was run over the course of a month, supplying free tampons in bathrooms throughout the university campus as well as distributing feedback forms to gather support for the campaign.
The campaign's three main aims were to;
We set up stations for people to sign postcards that stated their support for the abolishment of the tax on female hygiene products. After collecting all of the postcards we sent them to the Chancellor of the Exchequer: Philip Hammond to show the support that this message received.
The on-campus presence gained much attention and generated discussion that we hope the university found useful. We know that students engaged with the subject and found the campaign beneficial.
Here at Abertay Students' Association we aim to help do what we can for students in times of need. Exams and coursework can be stressful and can lead to a lack of sleep, not eating and generally not looking out for yourselves. The relax trolley’s goal was to tackle these issues by providing free snacks, fruit and drinks to those of you around campus during the busy revision/deadline week. We gave out over 1200 hot drinks to you all, that’s a lot of tea and coffee!
Why did we do this? Well, we decided to carry on the relax trolley from last year’s success and the overwhelming positive feedback we recieved. We improved the trolley with a better choice of food and drink and literally a better set of wheels (the library’s book cart wasn’t cutting it). Considering how popular the trolley has been over the past two years we’ll likely be carrying the trolley on for the foreseeable future.
The next step is to improve the trolley further by potentially getting students involved. We love seeing students helping students here at the Students' Associatio . We would also like to get a second set of wheels, keeping up with the demand is hard work and we really want to help as many of you as possible.
A preferendum is a referendum but with multiple voting options, or rather preferences! In this case our preferendum was regarding the student centre, we wanted students to vote on the option that they want the most when it comes to revamping the student centre; these voting options were based on student feedback that we gathered up!
The student centre was intended to be a multifunctional building that was to provide students with everything they needed out of a union-style building: social space, entertainment, food and drink, study areas and more. However, the building over the years slowly became less of this for various reasons. The preferendum was set to show the university that students (and others!) at Abertay wanted more from the building and that investment into it was needed.
Workshops were held so that students could come along and envision the future of the student centre. Students were asked to develop plans and features that the building could have.
Coin voting was in operation during the feedback gathering phase of the preferendum. It was a quick and visual way to gather students opinions in a engaging manner.
Finally we asked for students to vote on the various options that had been brought forward by the previous feedback collection methods. Voting was carried out online via the SA website. Once voting had finished a report was created and presented to the university.
The results of the voting can be viewed here.
If you have any feedback regarding these campaigns, or if you have an idea for a new campaign to make a positive change within the university, we'd love to from you.
You can email Tam at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call on 01382 308365.