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This week you have the opportunity to let the University know how the proposed changes to the academic calendar will impact you.
The University is hosting Town Hall information sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday which will be attended by the Provost, the second in charge of the University, and myself.
Wednesday 8 August
Humanities and Centre for Aboriginal Studies - 12.30-1.30pm (210:101)
Thursday 9 August
Health Sciences - 2.30-3.30pm (405:201)
Friday 10 August
Science & Engineering - 12.30-1.30pm (210:102)
Business & Law - 2.30-3.30pm (408:1019)
You are welcome to attend any session which suits you. Feedback can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vice Chancellor has in writing advised the Guild that the University recognises that there are issues with a 12-12-12 model and is therefore actively seeking other models for a shorter third study period including those put forward by staff and the Guild.
The Chair of the Academic Board has also issued a statement saying that 2 new proposals, 1 put forward by the Guild, based on a 9 week summer school would be considered along with the original proposal.
We urge you to attend the Town Halls and make clear to the University your concerns with the adoption of a 12-12-12 trimester model.
The Guild has proposed an alternative to the 12-12-12 calendar which offers the flexibility of a summer school. We believe that a 9 week voluntary summer school would meet the needs of students desiring extra flexibility while not disadvantaging the quality of education, well-being and student experience of the majority.
The Guild's alternative proposal recommends:
I strongly encourage you to attend or send your feedback to the University. There has never been more engagement with a campaign by the Guild than this one, so lets keep up the momentum and show the University why the 12-12-12 model is a mistake.