We believe that the proposed changes are dangerous for new students...
Just before Christmas, Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) at the University of Bristol announced sweeping changes to way Halls of Residence will be operated. These include:
- The abolition of Wardens, Deputy Wardens, SSAs, and SRs
- A new system of "Mentors" to replace SRs, with a ratio of c.1:100 (c.1:45 currently)
- Abolition of JCRs in favour of "Student Representatives" who will work with the SU
- Over 60% reduction in staff
- No mental health training required or provided for most staff
The University Deputy Registrar is on record saying that these staff cannot be thought of as "professional" due to lack of training. These proposals represent an approximate £800k annual savings for the university, however the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Eduction suggested in a meeting with SU representatives that student rents may still need to go up.
We feel that these changes will put incoming Bristol students at high risk during their first year, and, with the abolition of JCRs and dedicated hall staff, community life in halls will seem impersonal, isolated, and lonely. That is not what halls were for us, and we cannot let them become like that for others.
(The University of Bristol has already published this document. This is a copy of said document.)
We need your help to let the university know that these changes cannot stand!
If you haven't already:
- See our 'GET Involved' page for many other ways in which you can help, including emailing rhs directly
Because all students deserve a hall community for advice, protection, and support.
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