Here you can find details of some of our past campaigns, and the changes we have made to the lives of students at LJMU.
Postgraduate printing credits
Postgraduate students told us that they thought it was unfair that undergraduate students got access to an allowance of free printing credits, but they didn’t. So JMSU invested time and resource into carrying out more research and working with students to understand how widely felt the issue was, and successfully lobbied the University to create change! Now, all Postgraduate students, will get £20 at the start of their course, to help them pay for printing.
Microwaves and access to hot taps on campus
Consistent student feedback has told us that cost of food on campus, and opening hours of food outlets is an issue for students. Your Student Officers worked hard to tackle this, and successfully campaigned for microwaves and hot taps to be installed in the social spaces at Redmonds for Mount Pleasant campus, Tithebarn, Byrom and IM Marsh.
The social spaces that you now see around campus are there and look the way they do, because of the work of your Student Officers! We went out and spoke to students to ask what you needed from these spaces and the look and feel you wanted from them – everything from space to chill and charge your phones, to having a place to eat lunch and work during breaks, is there because you asked for it!
Travel for students at IM Marsh has always been a hot topic. In September 2014, JMSU worked with LJMU to pilot a £125 travel subsidy to support all first year students living in city centre Halls of Residence and studying at IM Marsh; they also provided an allocation of on-site parking as a way of supporting students travelling to the campus. In response to student feedback on this, in the November LJMU then extended the offer to all first, second and third year undergraduate students travelling to IM Marsh for any programme of study – offering an additional 850 travel awards on a first come, first served basis.
Recognition on the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) for JMSU volunteers
To recognise your dedication and commitment to volunteering with us, JMSU also worked with the University to get our volunteers recognised through the HEAR scheme. This report is a record of your achievements throughout university that includes academic work, extra-curricular activities and voluntary work. So now, when our various Student Reps and Student Group volunteer finish university, this experience will be added to their report. For further information please visit the website.
Better feedback for students
Way back in 2010, every time we spoke to students about how they wanted to improve their learning experience, they mentioned feedback - this was also backed up in surveys taken by the University. In response to this, we produced a consultation document, took this to LJMU’s Academic Board, and won approval for our objectives; we then met with the University to discuss how to implement it. Based on this work, the following things were put in place:
In addition to our work locally, we also work with NUS, to campaign on things nationally. Below are just a few of the successes we have had, by being part of this: