UCL Union addresses Russell Group Statement about no detriment
Update from the Union following the emergency education meeting today
This afternoon the Student Union sabbatical officers released an update following their meeting with the University Emergency Education Committee today – offering reassurance and addressing the statement released by the Russell Group yesterday evening.
According to the Union, the meeting today went well and the EACP – the panel that created last year’s no detriment policy – has been formally reinstated. The SU officers assure us that they raised a number of concerns expressed and conveyed to them by our student body, though they caution that it is “still early days” in these discussions, implying it may be some time before a formal and final position is reached. This may be nail-biting, but we’re sure everyone would rather they took their time to come to a decision that suits and supports everyone.
According to the SU the “big concerns” that the Union and EACP are working within developing assessment adjustments are student wellbeing and welfare, and assurances that we will go into our assessments confidant in our ability to perform to the best of our abilities.
They have also acknowledged the statement issued by the Russell Group last night, which essentially banned the extension of a no detriment policy to the 2020/21 academic year on the grounds it would be unnecessary. For the full statement, look here. This statement unsurprisingly caused an outcry from students up and down the country upon its release yesterday – if you are keen to challenge the statement in its entirety, rather than just in relation to UCL sign the petition here.
Fortunately, the Union have assured students that they raised the Russell Group statement at their meeting with UCL today and requested “urgent clarification from UCL as to what their stance is going to be”. The answer – “UCL is going to keep its autonomy when it comes to making a decision” and the Union will be alongside them every step of the way. This comes as a vastly reassuring announcement to all students for sure.
Though it is unclear what the extent or details of the next announcement relating to a no detriment policy will be, the Union have emphasised that despite the Russell Group stance, UCL has not ruled anything out.
You can find the full transcripts of Jim and Ayman’s statements below: