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Supporting our Students in light of the current strike

As many of you may be aware, the KPA held an Extraordinary General Meeting on Monday 24th of February. The meeting was to vote on the proposed motion, with regards to supporting our membership through the strikes:

It is proposed that:

1. The KPA offers solidarity to all postgraduate students, whether teaching or non-teaching, who are impacted by the ongoing strike action.

2. The KPA will offer support to all postgraduate students impacted by the strike action by:

a. Continuing to provide weekly activities that provide safe spaces for postgraduates to meet and socialise

b. Signposting postgraduate students adversely affected by the strike action to relevant support services within both the UCU and Keele University (e.g. UCU strike fund, ASK, Student Support Services etc.)

c. Provide space for teach in/out sessions to be held that support postgraduate student learning and development

d. Provide space and information to enable workshops for postgraduate students wishing to engage in direct dialogue with the UCU and UUK (e.g. letter-writing workshops)

e. Work with University Student Support to provide mental health support and a programme of mental health and wellbeing activities for any postgraduate students impacted by the strike action

This motion was submitted by the KPA board of trustees.

As we did not reach quorate at our EGM, as per our constitution, the business was transacted by the trustees.

They have passed the motion, meaning that the KPA will be mandated to follow the actions set out in the policy.

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