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Keeping up with SRUCSA March 2022

Wow! March was much more busy than we expected. It absolutely flew by. It felt like our feet did not touch the floor. The big highlight was the SRUCSA Elections. The most important event in our calendar. This year we had several big successes – More nominees than ever before, five nominees for a one position and the second the greatest number of students ever taking part in voting. The number one turnout position is still the year the merger colleges combined to form SRUCSA. So, our student body successfully chose their leaders for the 22/23 year, and we are excited to work with Claire, Liam, and Roz.

Winter Wrap Up

With most of the chilly weather behind us and sunny days coming in strong. It is time for us to wrap up on our Winter Warmer campaign. Inspired by the need for students to keep warm due to classroom windows being open for ventilation (Covid Regulations). It became a project about SRUCSA meeting students and staff and letting them know that we care about their wellbeing. We distributed over six hundred hand-knitted woolly hats and gave hot drinks to over two hundred students. We spend time on all our campuses and met students from lots of different courses. It was such a wonderful experience to be sharing the joy of being on campus, we will do it again next year.

Time(table) to celebrate

We put up a post about one of our big victories. Students told us that having no time between receiving their timetables and starting studies was unhelpful and a significant barrier. Speaking to students at Student Panel Meetings, we researched to get evidence. We took this information formally and informally to SRUC. We wrote a paper to take to the SRUC Academic board asking them to consider bringing in a formal minimum notice period for timetables. The SRUC Academic Board accepted our proposal, and it will be implemented next year.

Getting out and about

Davy McCracken (Head Department of Integrated Land Management) kindly invited the SRUCSA Co-Presidents to The Hill & Mountain Research Centre at the Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farms for a day. Davy gave us a tour of the farm and facilities. What an amazing SRUC site with so much going on and so much potential. We would love to see future opportunities for students there. Co-President have been on campus.

Making your voice heard

We are also preparing to take part in the National Union of Students National and Scotland Conferences. This is where the wider student movement will be choosing its most important work. We will be there as your voice. Making sure SRUC student views are heard in the future work of NUS and NUS Scotland. Amy explains more about the NUS Conferences in this other blog post.