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#CutTheCosts Campaigning on Campuses: Canterbury College

Tuesday 17-11-2015 - 11:59

How Canterbury College SU lobbied for a cheaper yearly travel pass.

  • Obtained strong data from students about the cost and distance of travel to and from college. Data used to produce a report with key issues such as ‘more than 50% of students travel more than 5 miles a day’ and ‘it costs many students over £20 per week to get to college’.
  • Worked with college senior staff and elected officials (MP’s, councillors etc) to understand how important the issue is.
  • Arranged meetings with the local bus company and attended “meet the managers” events with train providers in London which all rail companies hold.
  • Supported and promoted local e-petitions on transport from both students and organisations through social media.
  • Yearly travel pass subsequently reduced from £520 to £400.
  • Got the college to commit to funding free travel for the first few weeks of College and secured discounted Park and Ride for our students who drive.

 

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