Student Voice is a key representative forum of RGU:Union. It is a group of students who get together throughout the year to debate on ideas, direct and question elected Presidents and Vice Presidents, and discuss and campaign on issues about students' experiences at RGU. RGU:Union represents all students at RGU who are automatically members, and the voice and views of all of these members is vital to the operations of the Union. Student Voice is an opportunity for students to share their views and contribute to the direction of the work of the Union.





All students, who are automatically members of RGU:Union, are entitled to attend and vote at Student Voice. The meetings shall also involve core membership of student representatives including:

  • Sabbatical Presidents
  • Part-Time Vice Presidents
  • Student School Officers
  • Equality Champions
  • Society Presidents
  • Sports Club Presidents
  • Student Group Chairs

If you would like to be a regular member of Student Voice, all you have to do is fill in this form on the website to be added to the membership list. All students are welcome to come along, but we encourage individuals to sign up to be members to make planning the meetings easier. 



The meetings will provide updates on the work of elected representatives and RGU:Union, along with it shall presenting, discussing and voting on student ideas and issues. The meetings shall be chaired by a sabbatical Presidents, and all members are invited to speak or raise points at the meeting. Key areas discussed at the meetings shall be university life around studies, facilities, services as well as student life, around living in the community, accommodation and more. 



All students are welcome to submit ideas to be voted on by Student Voice. These ideas could be about areas they want to see improved at the University, or changes to the way RGU:Union runs, or around a new campaign that could be launched. Any idea that could improve the student experience is open for discussion at Student Voice.

If you would like to submit an idea, simply fill in the form on this page. You will need a provide a title and description, identifying what the problem is, why it is a problem, and what solution you would like to see. Other students then have the opportuity to vote on the issues that matter to them, those with the most votes are prioritized in the agenda. It is encouraged that those who submit ideas attend the meeting to present their idea.



Student Voice is the primary opportunity for students to actively engage in making decisions on how they want their student experience to be. The forum allows students to shape the work of RGU:Union and to decide and develop campaigns that impact the whole student body. The decisions of the student body in the past have resulted in: the launch of the RGU Go Green project, the Live Right Housing Campaign, strengthening the role of RGU:RAG, introduction of new Vice President roles, and work is also continuing on moving the academic calendar, adding a new fouth sabbatical and working to provide Union bar and social space.

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Thursday 20th October 2016
Room 412, Aberdeen Business School
12:00pm - 1:30pm 
 

Thursday 8th December 2016
Room N204, Sir Ian Wood Building
5:00pm - 6:30pm 
 

Thursday 16th February 2017
Annual General Meeting

Amphitheatre, Sir Ian Wood Building
4:30pm - 6:30pm


Thursday 13th April 2017
N204, Sir Ian Wood Building
12:00pm - 1:30pm
 

Thursday 26th October 2017
Meeting Room, Union Way
12:00pm - 1:30pm 




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Student Voice Ideas

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    Move Exams Before Christmas

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      What is the problem? The current academic calendar means that RGU starts two weeks later than most universities, and exams are written in January. Sports teams are suffering from the delay and international students are spending a fortune for being at home for only two weeks. Why is it a problem? International students feel it is a problem because we cannot afford to spend the money to go home for only two weeks and have two spare weeks afterwards. What is more, the Christmas break is the time when we get the chance to see our families but instead we have to study hard to get good grades. On top of that, the exams were announced too late this year which was a problem as most of the tickets were sold out and if there were any spare ones they were too expensive. For sports teams, this cause difficulties as they have a bad start to the season due to the fact that the other universities have had two weeks of training before the first game, whereas we have usually no training sessions before our first match. A poor start to the season can and has cost teams the ability to challenge teams to win the leagues. The union is trying to produce as many high level sports clubs and athletes as they can but they are being hindered by the lack of time to train before the start of the season. Also as most of our games are 2-3 hours away by bus, fielding a team can be difficult for clubs due to students being unable to commit on average 8 hours out of a Wednesday. This results in games having to be arranged and the late start in the year makes the available dates to rearrange a game away from the busy coursework era very difficult. We want a higher standard of performance from the teams and more participation in sport if there is an increase in flexibility of match dates. This change is becoming more vital as the average year of study for players is 3rd year, the final years and more time consuming work load. Writing exams in January also affects student’s psychologically especially international students. Students cannot enjoy Christmas with exams always on their minds during this period. Many of us have not been home since September because exams are in January. What is the solution? The solutions is a change of the academic calendar, to move the start of the semester forward and have exams before the Christmas break to sports teams have more time to prepare, international students can go home early and enjoy the holidays.
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    Steps to Submit an Idea

    1. Log in to the RGU:Union website with your student log in
    2. Click on the 'New Idea' button
    3. Provide a title and description of your idea, ensure description includes what the issue is, why it is an issue and what your idea for a solution is
    4. Submit your ideas and share with students to encourage them to up vote the most popular issues. 
    5. Come along to the Student Voice meeting to present and discuss your idea