Event Description

Guild Council

Guild Council

Mon 15 February 2021 15:00-16:30
Online meeting (on Microsoft Teams)

Guild Council is the Guild's representative body - it's members are the Full-Time Officers and College Officers. All students are welcome to attend. To find out more about Guild Council, and to submit an agenda item, please go to the website

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Item and Context Lead
Welcome. Guild Chair
Apologies for absence. Guild Chair
Notifications for any other business. Guild Chair

1. FOR DECISION: approval of the minutes from the last meeting.

Paper: Minutes for 13 January 2021.

Guild Chair
2. FOR INFORMATION: update on the Democracy Review.  VP Activities

3. FOR DISCUSSION: COVID-19 and Tuition Fees

There have been two agenda submissions which propose that:

   -Students have not received equal quality or quantity of teaching.

   -The current standard of blended learning is not acceptable.

   -There has been limited access to services such as the library.

   -Comparing this cohort's performance with previous years' not fair.

These statements can be condensed as:

   -The pedagogical approach to ‘iterative’ education is not fulfilled when too many factors change at once, and the proposition is that the pandemic has been such an intervening act that the learning experience must be recognised as being so significantly different that previous marking, grading and mitigation procedures are not fit for purpose.

The additional proposal is made that:

   -The profitability of the Universities is not the responsibility of students.

And the request is made that:

   -the Guild should lobby the University/Government/Student Finance.

What is Council being asked to do?

   -To discuss the above issues and for officers to share their opinions and updates on this topic.

   -Full-time officers may take on the views of Council in their meetings with the University.

   -College Officers may raise education quality issues with their colleges and subject chairs.

   -It is not the role of Council to advocate for individual fee refunds.

Guild Chair
Any other business. Guild Chair

Agenda information

10 February 2021 Agenda published 


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