​​Student participation is key to the project we call university. Students are not consumers who simply hand over a sum of money at the start of a three-year engagement, and receive a piece of paper in return. University is not that detached, transactional consumption. University is a community of scholars and students who, together, explore, build, engage, and try to gain a better understanding of the world and of what it means to be responsible participants in it. Over the course of a three year commitment to QMUL, students as well as the university owe each other active engagement to make this project work. It is key to listen to students’ experiences and expectations to make this work effectively. But students have not always been listened to in good faith. 

There are many offices across the university who should listen to and engage with students. Reach out to them.

  • Email the Principal to use his position in the UUK to come to an agreement on pay and workload. QMUL Community Solidarity provides helpful templates.
  • Use the handy template ucu national made
  • If you prefer not to write in your own name, write together as a year group or as a class group (though refrain from naming your teacher), or as a group of student ambassadors, or a group of the same dorm, or…
  • Write to your MP to tell them to put political pressure on all Vice-Chancellors
  • There is a guide to file formal complaints

Talk to your teachers and professional staff as well as fellow students. Many across the university are keen to hear suggestions and work together on organising

  • Join the pickets! Pickets are welcoming and hopeful spaces, you are more than welcome to have a chat about the future of education and of work with anyone there.
  • Come an talk with people on the ‘Strike Couch‘: an informal meeting point where you can ask any questions, or make any suggestions
  • On 1 February: join the march for education! The secondary school teachers as well as university staff are moving on Westminster Hall to call for a halt to the current deterioration. Everybody is welcome to join!