New Year, New Challenges

We know that lots of you, like us, were approaching 2021 full of hope for a better year and we’re sure it will be in the end, but it has unfortunately started with some familiar and some new challenges. Following the announcement of a third national lockdown we’ve been hearing from students about the major impacts it has had and will have on your lives. That’s why we in the SU have launched our campaign: New Year, New Challenges to capture what we know are the real and meaningful challenges students here at UoG are facing and calling for those with power to improve the situation act swiftly to do so.

The solutions to some of the challenges are easy, some much harder and some will take lots of people working together just to improve the situation a little bit. We’re committed to working hard to secure change and make your experience this semester as good as it can be.

Challenge: Finances

We know it has been a difficult time for students financially. Less opportunities for part time jobs, increased digital costs and no reduction in rental costs despite required vacation of accommodation properties.
  • We are calling for rent rebates and reductions for students in all forms of contracted accommodation
  • We want value for money for degrees, and for fee reductions from the Government to be applied to all students

Challenge: Education

The large amounts of online learning and lack of access to lecturers, facilities and learning spaces has been challenging for many students. 
We want to:
  • Ensure there is student representation in discussions around devising and implementing a no detriment policy 
  • We want more support for students facing financial hardship and digital poverty

Challenge: Support

 It has been a testing period on the mental and physical wellbeing of students, and we know more needs to be done across the board to support students. There is a need for reliable access to information, and an assurance that student representatives are pushing the right agenda.
We want to:
  • Ensure students have all the information they need about housing, financial and educational support in a clear, accessible form
  • Call for the NUS to support students at a National level and lobbying the Government to support students
  • Ensure students are being heard in the discussions around how this pandemic impacts them


We know the weeks ahead will throw up even more challenges for you all and we’d encourage you to keep talking to us. One of the most important roles we play is advocating for you to the University, the Government and others – together we are stronger and together we can win for students. 

Stay safe TeamGlos, can’t wait to see you all soon.

Your SU Full Time Officer Team


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