Coventry Executive met yesterday (11th February) and debated an open letter motion for the university to further support students who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. The motion was first discussed at Education Forum in the previous week after considerable feedback from students. The feedback highlighted that students felt the university should introduce further policies to ensure students had the best chance of achieving the grades they deserve and should also consider whether the educational experience they are recieving represents value for money. It was a hotly debated topic in Coventry Executive where all members spoke passionately and after a large debate the spirit of the motion was approved overwhelmingly by the committee. This means that the letter will now also highlight Coventry Executives’ support.
What will the open letter be asking for?
The open letter centres around 4 main points. These are:
- The university clearly state its no detriment policy and explain how this will benefit students. It is felt that the no detriment policy is not written in plain English and is difficult for students to understand.
- A blanket 2 week extension is applied to all assessments due in the second and third semesters.
- A break down of how students’ tuition fees are spent, asking the university to show percentages of where tuition fees are allocated across the university.
- The university to consider a refund in tuition fees for where funds are allocated that students haven't benefitted directly such as running costs of university buildings and start up fees associated with switching learning platforms which were already in the works (Aula). This applies for undergraduates, postgraduate taught students and self funded postgraduate researchers.
What happens next?
A working group has been set up to make minor amendments to the open letter and will meet on Monday to finalise the content. It is expected that later next week the letter will be circulated to students for them to sign if they would like to support it. We are keen to get as many signatures as possible in order to illustrate to the university how important it is for them to consider no detriment, extensions and tuition fee refunds. We have insisted that all those who choose to sign the letter will remain anonymous.