Update on Hilary Term 2021 from your Sabbatical Officers

Following the government announcement on 4th January 2021 of a national lockdown, we understand the difficulty that all students are facing regarding many aspects of their University experience in the coming months.  

Oxford SU is the recognised voice of students at the University of Oxford and we want to reassure all members that we are continually lobbying and representing you on the issues that matter. We are here to support you in any way we can. We share your valid anger, frustration, and disappointment with this government which continues to fail to put students at the fore of its decision making. We stand in support and solidarity with students who are facing widespread uncertainty. 

We know the current situation is incredibly difficult and that much of the academic year remains uncertain. We are working hard with the University and Colleges to clarify information surrounding accommodation, academic expectations and welfare provisions.  

We believe that the University must recognise the academic challenges by reassessing workloads and assessment practices. Whilst it may take some time for the University to finalise any changes to course assessment, it is paramount that the University acts as soon as possible to outline their planned steps and changes to assessment where possible. We will continue to lobby the University including at a divisional and departmental level on these issues over the coming days and will be updating students on progress next week. 

We continue to lobby to ensure students unable to return to Oxford in Hilary Term 2021 are not be financially penalised. Students should not have to pay for accommodation that they are unable to live in. This should include reimbursing graduate students on long-term tenancies for the time period during which they are unable to use their rooms.  

We will be providing a further update as soon as we can with information around our next steps for lobbying and resources for you. We will also be holding a briefing session for Common Room Presidents and Campaign chairs tomorrow at 5pm. This a fast-moving situation, we remain committed to actively lobbying and working closely with the collegiate University to ensure students are supported. 

 

Nikita Ma –  President (president@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk)  

Tucker Drew – VP Access and Academic Affairs (vpaccaff@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk)   

Ben Farmer – VP Charities and Community (vpcandc@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk)  

Lauren Bolz – VP Graduates  (vpgraduates@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk)  

Amelia Holt – VP Welfare and Equal Opportunities (vpweo@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk)  

Alex Foley – VP Women (vpwomen@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk)