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Petition to Megan Reilly

Get NUIGSU to adopt a neutral stance on the 8th Amendment

College is a time when we make up our minds on important social and political issues - like the abortion issue. But why does our Students' Union - our voice - only pick one side of such a controversial issue to represent us and invest our welfare money in? In 2014, a referendum was held on the pro-choice mandate. 45% voted remove the stance which the Union uses to spend our money on an issue that divides the NUIG student body, with a margin of only 167 votes in the difference between the two sides. Encouraged by a similar campaign in UCD last year, NUIG Students For Fair Representation are campaigning for balanced discussion forums on campus on the divisive issue of abortion. With a referendum on the Repeal of the 8th Amendment expected by the end of the academic year, it's only right that students are properly informed and that the Students' Union - our representatives - ensure that we are given all the facts necessary to make an informed decision when we enter the polling booth next year. That's why Students For Fair Representation is asking our Students' Union to adopt a neutral stance on the abortion issue and facilitate balanced discussion forums on campus. Everyone - whether you're pro-choice, pro-life, or somewhere in between - has a right to be represented by their Students' Union. Let's keep our Students' Union for everyone, and let's keep our Student Welfare money for causes that benefit us all - because our opinions and decisions matter. Sign our petition; get involved; and when the time comes, vote #Yes4Neutral!

NUIG Students For Fair Representation
99 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Dr. Jon Sharp, Prof. David Richardson

UEA: Equality for Disabled Students

The University of East Anglia has systematically abused disabled students for several months, but due to decentralised beauracracy and a lack of accountability no action has been taken. Policy changes have been carried out, despite there being no student consultation and no communication with those affected. Accomodation discounts are to be slashed, and students with disabilities are set to be rounded up in the Village in order for the University to minimise costs. It is well known that profit is at the forefront of UEA Accommodation policy, as through the systematic exploitation of student residents the University makes around £4.35m profit per annum*. High profits mean increased investment, right? Wrong. The majority of this revenue goes into the 'pot' and funds other projects across the University. Students living in halls pay tuition fees to support their university, but also pay an extortionate amount of rent in order to fund their university. Disabled students often require a room which suits their physical and/or mental needs. Whether that be a room with specialist equipment installed, or a room in a quieter area. It would be unfair to charge them for these additional features. In fact, this is enshrined in British law, and I would argue that UEA is currently breaching the Equality Act (2010) as they are discriminating against students with disabilities by charging them for the additional features to meet their needs. I'm calling on Dr. Jon Sharp to reinstate the full accomodation discount for those students with disabilities, and ensure that UEA accomodation meets their needs. Discrimination will not be tolerated.

Tom Howard
123 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Management of Wisdom World School Wakad

Make Wisdom World School, Wakad safer for students

The recent events in Gurgaon & Delhi throws light on how simple it is for anyone to enter schools and target kids. We place a lot of trust on the schools to provide safety, however it is a fact often neglected and no proofs are available with parents as to what actions schools have taken to make school secure.  Regarding Wisdom World School, Wakad, there are a few glaring security lapses that must be fixed to ensure security for students.  Issues:  The auto stand right outside school. The auto stand is a bee hive for men loitering outside the school, and provides a safe cover to anyone who wishes to stand and observe outside the school.  The pan-shop: Again, the pan-shop provides a safe avenue for anyone to venture outside the school without being questioned on his motives. It has been very often observed that as soon as the school gets over, a group of men (3-4) sit on the stone slab near the pan shop, and leer at the girls. It is not idle curiosity of looking at students, but the look is more of a stalker. This adds risk of eve-teasing which many girls might be fearful to report. This is a huge red flag and absolutely not an acceptable behaviour when so many young students walk to their buses.  Bus parking: It is appalling how students have to walk to their buses parked on the road without supervision of any security or teachers. For the buses parked at the rear, students as young as 6 years (Std 1) have to walk upto 200 meters to reach their buses parked on the road.   We parents put full faith in school for providing security, but it seems there are some more steps needed to make sure the students are safer. Since the transport coordinator has a tie-up with school, it becomes school’s responsibility to enforce action on the transport coordinator to bring the changes. Otherwise the parents’ requests to transport will go on deaf ears.  Action required from school management: Work with traffic department and shift auto stand to the right side of the school (after the entry of Park Street). Work with traffic department and shift pan-shop to the right side of the school (after the entry of Park Street). Police verification of all staff working with school. Get clearance of parking of school buses inside Park Street Society.  Have a security guard standing for monitoring students getting into and alighting from school buses. Have a security guard remove any loitering men outside the school during the time of students alighting or getting into school buses.  Installation of CCTV cameras across all locations inside school premises and at the entry gate.  Installation of CCTV cameras in all school buses. Ironically, the transport coordinator quotes that GPS facility is mandatory as per RTO regulations (and charges Rs 75/- per student per month for this unreliable service). While he neglects the Supreme Court's order on CCTV cameras inside school buses (read Latest Additions section in:  ) Have a separate toilet for school supporting staff and students.  Provide a safety report to parents on the action taken to make school safer.  Parents of WWS, Wakad, please sign this petition so that we can ensure a safer environment for our kids. Safety is often ignored until the need arises. Let the need not arise and let us be precautionary beforehand for a healthier environment for kids.

Parents of WWS Wakad Students
129 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to University of East Anglia, Jon Sharp, David Richardson

Reintroduce Subsidy For Medical Certificates

The University of East Anglia (UEA) will be ending their subsidy for some students, which ensures that students do not pay for medical certificates. Learning and Teaching Hubs at UEA demand that students provide medical evidence if they apply for more than one extension. Extenuating circumstances often mean that students are in a bad place already, and now students registering in September are expected to pay £35 for a certificate. This is outright financial exploitation. It will only discourage poorer students from applying for extensions, whilst those with disposable income can afford to pay. Not having to worry about fees made my applications for a certificate simple and worry free, and I want every student to have these opportunities. I'm calling on UEA to reintroduce the subsidy and ensure that all students have access to help and support. Concrete, the campus newspaper, noted: 'From September, new students will have to pay a charge to the UEA Medical Centre (UMS) for a medical note. Students who need a medical certificate to apply for extenuating circumstances or an extension will be charged the standard NHS levy of £35. There will continue to be no charge for exam certificates. The university currently pays a subsidy to the UMS so students are not charged for a UEA Medical Certificate. For the next academic year the charge will apply to first year students. From September 2018 only first and second year students will have to pay and from September 2019 it will apply to first, second and third years. The charge is expected to be staggered so by September 2020 all students will have to pay.' Full Concrete article: It is clear that this will only disadvantage poorer students, and those with a limited disposable income who cannot afford the £35 fee. Illness should not result in students being exploited for financial gain. If UEA desires medical evidence so badly, then they should cover the associated costs. Students pay enough. Education is not what it used to be, universities are becoming more like companies and less like educational institutions.

Tom Howard
1,585 supporters