This campaign has grown out of extensive consultations with student representatives, societies, campaigns and academic/non-academic staff on how they envision the University to look over the coming year. We believe that the University is currently not doing enough to provide for the essential safety and wellbeing needs of students, staff and the wider Cambridge community, in spite of its capacity to do so. 

Campaign Launch Statement

The Demands:

Living

  1. Fair rent: no costs passed on to students for changes out of their control, such as rent due during mandatory quarantine, higher rent after being moved to a different room than balloted for, or needing a more expensive room due to disability, shielding or self-isolating

  2. Guaranteed accommodation for students who choose to remain outside of term time and in the event of a future lockdown, with a transparent appeals process for those who are asked to leave accommodation

  3. Guaranteed provision of accessible, regularly usable communal space for safe socialising 

  4. Adopt a compassionate approach to student discipline which is not disproportionately punitive in relation to college COVID-19 guidelines

  5. Signposted financial support for any student or staff member in need, with increased budgets for hardship funds embedded in future financial plans

  6. Targeted support for private renters; especially post-graduate students, students with families, and disabled students with accessibility requirements

Ensure that every living space has been risk assessed in accordance with Public Health England guidelines and in consultation with students and staff, with established channels for communication and feedback on health and safety procedures.

Studying

  1. Adopt flexible and transparent policies on deferral, intermission, ‘work away,’ and ‘double time’ (part-time study for health reasons), with lower evidence requirements and continued COVID-19 exemptions

  2. Opt-in system for face-to-face contact hours for students

  3. Expand teaching capacity to reflect increased student numbers

  4. Extend funding for PhD students who are seeking extensions to their research period

  5. Continue the suspension of attendance monitoring measures put in place by the Home Office and offer support to students and staff who are facing hardship in relation to their immigration status

Ensure that every study space has been risk assessed in accordance with Public Health England guidelines and in consultation with students and staff, with established channels for communication and feedback on health and safety procedures.

Working

  1. Ensure that no current academic & non-academic staff working in the Collegiate University loses their job

  2. Reverse hiring and promotions freeze 

  3. Adjust pay for staff to reflect the additional COVID-19 workload which includes but is not limited to cleaning rooms, preparing classes, and providing extra contact hours

  4. Clear and centralised procedure on room availabilities and bookings for teaching across the University and Colleges with clear risk assessments in place

  5. Recognition of trade unions in colleges

  6. Opt-in system for face-to-face contact hours for staff and students who teach, with no penalties for those who choose not to teach in-person

  7. Extend voluntary contributions from the salaries of highest-earning staff 

  8. Freeze rents for local businesses using University- and College-owned properties 

  9. Regular and ongoing COVID-19 testing for all staff, students and the local community, and provision of PPE where necessary

Ensure that every work space has been risk assessed in accordance with Public Health England guidelines and in consultation with students and staff, with established channels for communication and feedback on health and safety procedures, e.g. termly open meetings.

Coronavirus Guidance

The SU been working hard to ensure that students have clear information about contingency planning and preparations for coronavirus. The University has established a COVID-19 Management Group to coordinate their response, which some of the sabbatical officer team sit on and will be attending meetings of in the coming days and weeks. For further information, please visit the the webpage linked below.

Cornavirus Guidance