Make Medway Matter
To: Prof Julia Goodfellow Vice Chancellor of the University of Kent, Prof David J. Maguire Vice Chancellor of the University of Greenwich and Prof Robin Baker Vice Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University. We, as students of the Medway Campus, demand a greater commitment from the University of Kent, the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University to the Universities at Medway Campus. We believe: - We are Medway students 1st and students from different institutions 2nd. - It is wrong that we pay the same fees as those at our main campuses with our limited resources, facilities and funding. - There is not enough communication or cooperation between the 3 universities. - Resources and facilities we do have are often wasted by having different versions of the same resource available from each institution. - All students have the right to access and use the facilities on their main campus. - The Universities at Medway Students’ Association (UMSA), whilst providing excellent student services, is under-resourced and does not have the political independence to represent the Medway Campus student body. - Part-time student officers do not have the time to effectively represent the Medway Campus student body as they need to attend not just Medway meetings but also meetings at each of the three institutions. - Full-time officers at the main campuses will never prioritise the Medway Campus when it consists of such a small percentage of the overall student bodies (trying to get them to attend Medway meetings is akin to trying to get Westminster politicians to attend town council meetings). - One student social space, with the only stage and a capacity of 200 people, is not enough for a campus of almost 10,000 students. We demand a promise of greater commitment to the Medway Campus from the three institutions in the form of: - Recognition the Medway Campus has 1 student body not 3. - Greater cooperation between the institutions. - Frequent communication between the institutions. - Smarter pooling of resources. - Better accessibility to the main campuses through regular university organised transport (including evening transportation) or subsidies for private/public transport links. - Funding for at least 1 student sabbatical officer per university institution present at the Medway Campus, elected at and by the Medway student body. - An in-depth survey into the real differences in resources, facilities and funding provision between the main campuses and the Medway Campus. - Funding for the Medway Campus to close any gaps identified in this survey. - Better provision of social spaces for the Medway Campus. - Greater resources for UMSA.