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Friday 22-07-2016 - 16:22

Four SUs in Canterbury come together in a strategic review of post-16 education in the city.

Over the past ten months representatives from Kent Union, Christ Church University SU, UCA SU and Canterbury College SU have been working with the local City Council and other stakeholders on a strategic review of HE and FE in the City. 

The review looks at three key areas:

  • Economy: the effect on businesses and jobs;
  • Social: complaints and community issues;
  • Physical: the appearance of the student properties and the housing market.

There have been two multi-agency conferences enabling students, university and college staff, councillors, city council workers, public service workers, landlords and local residents to share ideas and aims to come up with possible outcomes to combat the problems along with regular theme group meetings.

Working together with the institutions the unions highlighted the benefits of education in Canterbury, including student volunteering which is thought to be worth around £1.8 million a year. They also showed that universities and colleges support two thirds of the salaries in Canterbury. With the all students contributing to this programme we hope a more positive view of students can be seen by local residents.

Ellie Webb, UCA SU Campus President from UCA SU, said:

“At first, I wasn’t entirely sure that all the different stakeholders were approaching this review from the right angle. However, over the last year, I feel we’ve come to understand each other’s perspectives better and we’ve forged some very useful relationships, which will help us to improve Canterbury for all residents. I’ve particularly enjoyed working with the other three students’ unions to create an action list, which will lead to changes that will benefit students for years to come. In my second term I will continue to work as part of the review to help build a stronger community in Canterbury.”

The unions have produced this report outlining their ideas for the future of the city.

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