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2019/20 ARUaccessible Campaign update

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ARUaccessible Campaign update 

Thank you to all the students that took part in the ARUaccessible campaign last semester! I am now in the process of condensing all the data into themes (currently gone through 200 comments!)

I have provided a breakdown below of the committees I have sat on and the changes influenced by the ARUaccessible campaign. 

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This workstream was only formed this semester and I have been attending monthly meetings reviewing all aspects of assessments, assignment deadlines and exams. From this, I have taken feedback forward and making recommendations to support student’s best interests. For instance, we have successfully removed bunching of deadlines in the business and law faculty and reviewing how we can make this change across all schools.

Disabled Student Satisfaction task and finish group

This committee has reviewed the NNS results over the last 3 years as well this we held focus groups with current students in Tri1 to bring forward any barriers to inclusion. My job mainly on this committee has been to represent the student's voice and work in partnership with the university to create a list of recommendations to review hidden barriers which can negatively impact the student experience. For instance, I have recommended reviewing lecture notes content making sure the information is clear and concise and put on canvas in a timely manner.

 

Student Experience Senate Committee (SEC)  

This week I attended SEC where we discussed barriers to inclusion and general accessibility challenges that are negatively impacting student experience.  The outcome of this meeting led to an agreement that the university marketing department will review the new branding and create an accessible option and this review will lead to a wider review of course materials and any other barriers to inclusion.

 

Next Steps... 

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  • I will be meeting the relevant people to continue the lobbying going forward and putting all the student analysis together in the structure of a report which will include recommendations led by you.
  • Writing the ARUaccessible report

  • Consulting with students on creating and developing an Accessibility policy. 

Any questions regarding this campaign please do get in touch either on social media or through email:m.copsey@angliastudent.com

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