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Petition to Sports and Wellbeing Team, University of Southampton

Stop the 40% increase to membership fees at Sport and Wellbeing.

As of the 1st August 2017, prices for a membership at Sport and Wellbeing (the membership scheme for the University of Southampton gyms) are increasing from £165 to £230 a year.  The current Sport and Wellbeing membership that has been available cost £165, the price for a 2016/2017 membership. This allowed you access to all of the gyms within the University of Southampton scheme, at any time. The new membership, called the 'Peak Performer' membership, offers the exact same options, but has been raised by 40%, now costing £230. In short, students are now expected to pay £65 more to have the same membership that was offered in the previous year.  Sport and Wellbeing have combated this criticism by suggesting using their new membership named the 'Frequent Fitness' which excludes members from accessing any of the gym facilities at peak times (this does not include Mayflower gym, but as this gym is situated in the city centre, it is less accessible to students). It cannot be ignored that the Sport and Wellbeing team are offering less for more in this situation. This is actively discouraging students from participating in fitness, as the vast increase in price makes it far less accessible for students from poorer backgrounds. If a student was to receive the highest maintenance loan, the new Sport and Wellbeing membership would be around 10% of one of their 3 payments. Students studying at the University of Southampton live further away from the city centre than most, which is where a large proportion of the privately owned gyms are situated. Therefore, it is only those who can afford to travel (many of these gyms are not accessible solely by UniLink Buses) who will be able to access the cheaper, private gyms. The poorer students will have no choice but to pay the higher fees, or to not go to the gym at all. What is being advertised as a solution for the overcrowding at Jubilee Gym is actually a new scheme which actively discourages students, particularly those from poorer backgrounds, to join the facilities offered by Sport and Wellbeing, as it is an extremely large increase in fees considering no extra benefits are being offered to members. It is in our students best interest for the membership fees to be brought back down to the original price. The issue here is not the newly introduced idea of peak and off peak times, but the idea that Sport and Wellbeing are charging 40% more for the same membership students would have received in 2016. With maintenance grants being scrapped and tuition fees increasing, this is another unnecessary fee that students are being forced to pay, as there are no accessible competitors.  

Fleur Macinnes
124 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to The Hon Simon Birmingham MP

Help pressure the government to restore Australian school's funding

  Imagine already struggling to make ends meet, living pay-to-pay each month, as a single mother, father or struggling in the modern world we live in. And then, imagine, being told that your next payslip was your last. And then losing your job because of the mismanagement of others. A few years ago, the fraudulent external management board, AFIC, swindled government funding and hardworking parents’ fees, spending profits externally, instead of spending the money on the rightful recipients, students of Malek Fahd Islamic School. Since a government crackdown, AFIC has been removed, and a new school board of well-qualified, and educated individuals has been elected, including current Chairman UNSW Professor Dr. John Bennett amongst others. Since then, the new board has worked on a volunteer basis, day and night,to solve the crisis and reinstate the lost funds by complying with the standards set by the Australian government. However, due to issues pertaining to AFIC the Education Minister, Mr. Simon Birmingham has frozen the school’s funding, and now the fate of 2650 staff & students hangs precariously in the balance. If this decision persists, the school will be unable to reopen in Term 3. Students in Year 12, completing their HSC, already facing immense levels of psychological and emotional stress, have their futures hanging in limbo, unsure if they will even be able to sit their trials and HSC exams  in school. If the funding is not reinstated, the school will face closure and students & staff will be displaced, ripped apart and separated. Hundreds of teachers will be unemployed, and thousands of Australian children across three different campuses will be forced to relocate in the already overcrowding education system, adding more pressure onto them and parents. We are just like any other school, teach the normal Australian syllabus with hardworking, determined teachers and students. The school has complied with all of the regulations set by NESA. So why are we facing such a sudden and imminent closure? The closure of the school will be a great catastrophe for all the students and teachers and will be a great loss to the community. Why should the parents, teachers and students be punished for the actions of a fraudulent, mismanaging ex-board? Why punish the innocent? This is a final request and attempt by the current school captains of MFIS. Our request is simple. We need time, and we request this to allow the new, well-qualified school board adequate time to develop a long-term solution. But for this, we need funding, urgently, so please, help us appeal to the federal government and let us save the future of all Australian children. Save our school.   #SAVEMFIS

Juwariya M
2,014 supporters