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Officer Updates

See your latest updates from your Elected Officers and their meetings with the University.

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Latest Covid-19 Updates

As your officers, we regularly meet with the University to represent all students and lobby for your rights. To keep you updated, we're posting quick meeting summaries whenever we can.

As your Students' Union, we're separate from the University. Meeting with University management is one way for us, as officers, to ensure your voices (particularly those of the most vulnerable students) are heard and responded to by the University. Have a look at our archive for previous meeting notes.


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University Committee Update: Student Experience Forum

Published on 24th February 2021 at 09:00.

Student Experience Forum is a space for student reps to raise students’ concerns with university staff and management. The Forum takes place once a term.

University Committee Update: Senate

Published on 24th February 2021 at 09:00.

Senate is a high level committee that is responsible for the academic standards and the direction and regulation of academic matters of the University.

Blog: Read Roseanne’s round-up! (Jan- Feb edition)

Published on 23rd February 2021 at 10:00.

Get an insight into Roseanne's role as your Student Living & Sustainability Officer with a focus on the beginning of this year!

University Committee Update: Doctoral Studies

Published on 22nd February 2021 at 15:17.

The Doctoral Studies Committee deals with facilities for postgraduate research students (PGR) and considers a range of issues relating to the research student experience.

Officer update - Weekly Meeting with Jayne Aldridge and Graeme Pedlingham

Published on 22nd February 2021 at 09:00.

Your officers regularly meeting with the University management. This time we talked about the hardship fund and block grants

University Committee Update: Exam and Regulations (EAR)

Published on 19th February 2021 at 09:49.

The Exam and Regulations (EAR) Committee oversees university rules for taught awards and ensures academic standards across these courses.

RAG Week makes a comeback!

Published on 17th February 2021 at 11:15.

After a long hiatus, RAG (Raising and Giving) Week returns to Sussex from 8- 12 March.

Statement on rent rebate and lockdown extension

Published on 12th February 2021 at 17:09.

Students in University-owned accommodation recently received an email from the University explaining how rent reductions for the lockdown period would be applied. This is our statement to that email.

Officer update - Weekly Meeting with Jayne Aldridge and Graeme Pedlingham

Published on 8th February 2021 at 17:16.

Your officers regularly meeting with the University management. This time we talked about students on campus, hardship funds, exceptional circumstances, and no detriment policy.

Nominate yourself to lead your Students’ Union

Published on 5th February 2021 at 15:36.

You can nominate yourself today or recommend someone you think would make a great officer. You don’t need any experience to run as an officer, just enthusiasm and ideas for making student lives better.

Update regarding this year’s No Detriment policy

Published on 29th January 2021 at 15:11.

The University has not yet finalised the details of their No Detriment policy to us, although they have said that students can expect an update very soon. In the meanwhile, here is what we can share with you.

Wonkhe survey results - experiences of online learning

Published on 29th January 2021 at 10:57.

We shared Wonkhe's recent survey with you to hear about your experiences with online learning. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate. These insights help us make informed decisions to lobby for your rights.

Officer update - Weekly Meeting with Jayne Aldridge and Graeme Pedlingham

Published on 22nd January 2021 at 13:19.

Your officers regularly meeting with the University management. This time we talked about student parties on campus, no detriment, rent strike, private renters and issues with Panopto

Update from Officer meeting with University management, Thursday 7 January

Published on 8th January 2021 at 14:32.

Your Officers met with University management on Thursday, 7 January and discussed: No Detriment, Online teaching, Assessments, Exceptional circumstances, Rent strike, Rent reduction, Student parents during lockdown, and Trans and Non-binary students & email structure.

Happy New Year and an update on the new term

Published on 5th January 2021 at 16:21.

It’s fair to say 2021 is not off to the best of starts. Solidarity and sympathy from everyone at the Union. We wanted to get in touch to outline news about the new lockdown restrictions, pass on a message from the Sussex Renters’ Union about the Rent Strike and share an open letter from the Save Our Grades campaign for no detriment.

Covid test results from December and a look at next semester

Published on 18th December 2020 at 17:00.

We have a quick update for you on the most recent mass testing that allowed students to spend their winter break with family and friends off campus

A video message from your Officers

Published on 18th December 2020 at 16:00.

Watch this video message from your Officers, as they wrap up 2020!

Officer update - Weekly Meeting with Jayne Aldridge and Graeme Pedlingham

Published on 17th December 2020 at 17:34.

Your officers regularly meeting with the University management. This update includes answers and discussions on rent strikes and academic debt; no detriment; and the winter break!

Weekly meeting with Kelly Coate, Jayne Aldridge and Graeme Pedlingham

Published on 10th December 2020 at 16:22.

This meeting was cancelled because Jayne and Graeme are in interviews. Your officer team we will raise concerns by email instead.

Autumn Referenda 2020 Results

Published on 7th December 2020 at 12:12.

Last week, students cast their votes to influence the work that the Students’ Union does through our Autumn referendum. Over 1400 students made their voices heard on three different referenda.

NUS Conference Delegate election results

Published on 4th December 2020 at 13:38.

The National Union of Students (NUS) is a confederation of UK students’ unions that fights for student issues and a better future for higher education. They represent students at a national level, making student involvement key to ensuring our voices are heard.

Universities Unite To Offer New Competition

Published on 4th December 2020 at 10:00.

Four universities on the south coast have joined forces to offer an exciting new competition in a response to the global pandemic. Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth and Sussex are launching the South Coast Cup.

To our Chinese student community - Beware of scams and fraud

Published on 3rd December 2020 at 16:21.

If you receive such a call requesting personal information or bank account details you should end the call immediately, do not return it using redial and never transfer money by any method even if requested to do so.

All Members Meeting: What do you want from next term?

Published on 2nd December 2020 at 16:30.

An all members meeting is a democratic structure that the Students’ Union hasn’t used in many years. It’s open to all students at Sussex and is a space where students can directly have their views heard and help shape the stance the Students’ Union takes when making decisions and talking to the University.

Speak to your Officers!

Published on 26th November 2020 at 09:35.

Your Officers have created an open space for students, where you can share your ideas, concerns and issues with them. These are informal sessions, and open to all Sussex students.