Executive Report - EVP July 2020

Erin Dalton - Education Vice-President

Executive Report - EVP July 2020

In the past month, the UTSSA has done a huge amount of work in terms of our response to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on our studies and lives. Our Bluebird Breakfast bags have been hugely popular, and we’ve had interest in a number of other initiatives that we’ve started. We were able to encourage a huge uptick in the number of people signing up to provide or access peer tutoring through us.

On a personal level, I have been responsible for meeting with the university regarding ProctorU, and online exams more generally, and working to mitigate the serious impacts that these potentially have on students. On the whole, I am pleased to say that the university has made most of the changes that we requested, including the ability to opt-out of remotely proctored exams. We do have concerns with some parts of their solutions on this front and will continue to work with them to advocate on behalf of students.

The fee hikes announced by Dan Tehan recently are an unashamed attack on all students and the quality of our educations. The UTS Education Action Group is organising a campus-oriented response to this crisis, and I have been working with my equivalent office-bearers at other Sydney campuses, as well as the National Union of Students to best coordinate our response to this campaign of opposition.

Over the next part of the year, I will continue to be working on the ongoing fight against fee hikes. I would encourage everyone to attend the national day of action on August 28, as well as any other actions, and to get involved in the UTS Education Action Group. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, or wish to be further involved, please talk to me in person or get in contact with me at education@utsstudentsassociation.org.