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#CutTheCosts Campaigning on Campuses: MidKent College SU

Tuesday 17-11-2015 - 11:52

How MidKent College SU lobbied for better transport provision for their students.

  • Identified that students had numerous issues with the quality and cost of local public transport.
  • Ran a number of activities to engage students including putting together a campaign wall where students shared their monthly travel costs and the time it takes them to get to college.
  • Invited local politicians, travel providers and MPs into the college to discuss the issues directly with students. This led to a representative from the bus company being invited onto college advisory committee (a governing body sub-committee) and the bus company providing more buses at peak times.
  • Successfully extended this provision again a year later through ongoing campaigns and relationship with the bus company.
  • The students’ union handed in the largest petition Kent County Council has ever received, asking them to extend their subsidised bus pass scheme to include 17- and 18-year-olds to coincide with the raising of the participation age.

How is your students’ union supporting the #CutTheCosts campaign to save maintenance grants? We’d love to promote your work to the membership on NUS Connect -  simply get in touch with simon.hilditch@nus.org.uk and tell us what you’re doing on campus!

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