University and Students’ Union reaffirm Strategic Alliance

Strath Union President Eva Curran shakes hands with Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde and Strathclyde Students’ Association (Strath Union) have reaffirmed their Strategic Alliance for the 2023-24 academic year.

The Alliance identifies the common objectives of Strath Union and the University and commits both organisations to work together to meet the changing opportunities, challenges and needs of an ever-evolving student body.

First signed in 2022, the latest iteration of the Alliance agreement sets new agreed deliverables for the year ahead under the key themes of Wellbeing, Sustainability, Student Community, and Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Accessibility.

These include: improving access to support services and developing a sustainable peer support network; embedding sustainability education for all staff and students through curricula and induction programmes; support on housing; and, mitigating the cost-of-living crisis on Strathclyde students.

Both partners will also seek to provide alternative ways for students to access their learning through innovative technology and actively improving accessibility on campus.

Positive change

The University and Strath Union will achieve the deliverables through effective,  purposeful resource-sharing and ongoing communication between the partners.

Both partners will routinely monitor in-year progress and review mutual objectives on an annual basis when the Student Executive changes over.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “I am delighted that we continue to deepen the partnership with our student leadership team and innovate in how we work together to benefit the entire student community. The University’s Executive Team and the leadership team of Strath Union share a commitment to putting our students at the centre of our decision making at Strathclyde.

The objectives set out in the refreshed Strategic Alliance for this academic year aim to further enhance the student experience and to ensure that every student is supported in their wellbeing and their learning so that they can get the most out of their time with us.

Eva Curran, President of Strath Union, said: “I’m thrilled with the publication of the 23/24 Strategic Alliance. This partnership between the Union and the University will address key issues that students are currently facing. The Student Exec and I look forward to collaborating with the University to make lasting, positive change for our students.”