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Student Officer Wins

Student Officers lead the way in affecting significant change on campus and beyond, making your University experience just that little bit brighter.

Each candidate for Student Officer will run on a manifesto proposing exciting, impactful changes to make campus a better place for the people that matter, the students. Whether that be lobbying the University, boycotting government schemes or upgrading the building, if they are elected it will be their job to put their manifesto into action.

Whether you’re standing to become a Student Officer or vote in the election, you play a key role in creating change that will affect your everyday life.

Here are just a few changes Student Officers have made:

As the cost of rent in University halls rose to unjustifiably high levels, with some of the highest basic rents of any Russel Group University, Guild President 2018/19 ran a dedicated Cut the Rent Campaign. Following a year of grassroots student activism and a series of meetings with members of the University’s Executive Board, the president secured a 3.7 million rent cut, the single biggest rent cut for students in Halls of Residence in the history of the student movement and brought an end to academic sanctions from non-academic debt. An amazing achievement!

The Guild values inclusivity in words and in action and led by the 2018-19 Vice-President Esther Bukoye the Black Leadership Conference was created, undoubtedly showing the importance of exploring black narratives.

Aiming to celebrate black excellence the conference was an opportunity to network with Liverpool University Alumni who are experts in their field and explore topics from Celebrating Women of Colour in Sport to Black Excellence in Law.

Events such as this have a profound impact on the student body, in not only raising aspirations but challenging what society considers “the mainstream”.

Whether you’re a Sydney Jones or a Harold Cohen, throughout your time here the library becomes a place you will frequently visit – sometimes for days on end and many a hot drink will be needed to help you through. After hearing your cries for hot water in the library, the Student Officers worked with libraries to grant your wish. So whether you’re a green tea drinker or loyal to a proper Yorkshire brew, you can have as many as you like without leaving the library!

As of 31st July 2018 the University held £9m worth of investments in fossil fuel companies including BP, Shell, Exxon Mobil and was ranked a 3rd Class University in People and Planet’s University League. In reaction to this Student Officers, along with a team of student activists demanded that the University of Liverpool stop profiting off the climate crisis and sell these investments. In July 2019, University of Liverpool committed to divesting from all fossil fuels, a huge win and step towards a greener university.

Burritos are an integral part of campus life for University of Liverpool students, you can say goodbye to Tesco Meal Deals or queueing for a Greggs, once you have a burrito you never go back!

However, it came to the Student Officers’ attention that the guacamole topping, a favourite amongst Burrito regulars, was not suitable for Vegan customers. Holding on the value that the Guild is for everyone, the then Vice President lobbied the catering staff and secured Vegan Guacamole for the Courtyard!

Sometimes it’s the little changes that go a long way.

Postgraduate Bursaries Postgraduate Taught (PGT) fees have been rocketing throughout the University sector since the introduction of the government’s £10,000 Master’s student loan, which is supposed to cover both fees and living costs.Despite being unable to prevent these substantial fee rises, we managed to secure more than £300,000 worth of new bursaries for current Liverpool-based and working-class students seeking to study on a Masters’ programme at University of Liverpool from 2019/20. These are the first significant bursaries for Home/EU Master’s students at University of Liverpool and should make Postgraduate study more accessible.

After running on a mandate of ending the incomparably high cost of bus travel for Liverpool Students, Guild President Rory secured an exclusive ticket for Liverpool students at a discounted rate. After going head to head with Arriva, Rory came out victorious saving Liverpool students all-important pennies on their 699 journeys

In 2017, as a result of a submission to Change It and a campus-wide Preferendum, the Student Officers told final year students ‘Don’t Complete, Hit Delete’ and boycott the National Student Survey, for that year only, due to changes to the Teaching Excellence Framework that could lead to an increase in tuition fees. Throughout that year, the Student Officer team fronted a sassy and very successful campaign, they talked to anyone and everyone about it on campus, and a starred in a video detailing the much better ways to spend to your time. The efforts of the campaign team resulted in the 2017 NSS not meeting the 50% threshold – rendering any data gathered unpublishable, delaying Government plans to link tuition fees to TEF and preventing large increases to your student debt – a real testament to how a Student Officer campaign can cause real effect not only on campus but nationwide!

Whether you miss a lecture because you have a nasty case of fresher’s flu or you simply overslept (we’ve all been there), your Student Officer team wanted to make sure you did not miss out on any important information. They lobbied the University to roll out ‘Lecture Capture’, a recording technology which uploads your lectures straight onto vital for you to catch-up on or go back to for revision. They are still working closely with Course Reps, to make sure the service is being rolled out in all lectures.

After students found the coursework extension system challenging for any unexpected or unforeseen circumstances, Student Officers lobbied for a change across the University schools. Following consultation with staff and students, it was agreed that extensions to Coursework submission deadlines would be replaced with a new, cross University system of “exemption from penalties” for late submission of Coursework. Students may apply for exemption for any coursework submitted late because of unforeseen medical or other exceptional circumstances.

Student Officers have been working on ongoing developments to the bars and social spaces within the building. These continued efforts saw the Sphinx undergo a little summer makeover – the bar space is much bigger, stocks a better variety of drinks, and has more staff now. So next time you get a classic cocktail or a £1.60 pint in record time, you have your Student Officers to thank!