Our Priority Campaigns are the broad areas where the Full-Time Officers have decided to focus their efforts for the 2019-20 academic year. We are running 4 priority campaigns this year which can be found below.
UEA's prices for student accomodation have become a joke.
Each year campus accommodation has been going up in price and has done better than the Uni predicted. But when it’s done well, instead of putting a brake on the price increases the Uni has been banking the good performance and carrying on putting the price up by more than inflation - every year, for the past eleven years.
And what’s gone from a mild surplus is now a massive figure of £5.8million per year - a figure so massive, in fact, that it is now ploughed into the University’s overall budget. That’s effectively a University Fees Top Up Fee of £1200 per student.
Over 10 years, by stealth - with no-one ever stopping to think about the consequences - we’ve ended up in a situation where student loans and grants barely cover the excessive cost of UEA accommodation, but somehow a surplus from that accomodation is bankrolling conferences, Executive Team wages and Christmas lights. Student grants are now, in effect, subsidising the university academic budget - not helping students eat and live. Meanwhile, most students now have to work alongside their studies just to get a roof over their head.
This is unacceptable. And it has to stop.
It's not even just about UEA. Across the city of Norwich, landlords look to UEA as a benchmark for setting student rents - but UEA monthly accomodation prices (£489) are now much higher than the average monthly student rent in the city (£330). This drags up rents across the city and is bad for students and residents alike.
That's why we're campaigning for UEA to -
In the meantime, you can check out our advice pages for info about housing, and our Welfare Officer's recent blog about finding a good house.
This campaign will focus on accessibility on campus.
This campaign will focus on mental health at UEA.