Student Charter 2021/22

The Student Charter, jointly developed and agreed between the Students' Union and the College, updated for 2021/22 is posted on the Student Portal and is as below:

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As Plymouth College of Art students we will...

  • Attend sessions punctually and regularly with a respectful and professional attitude.

  • Take responsibility for understanding course requirements including deadlines, expected levels of attendance, and academic regulations such as plagiarism.

  • Share our knowledge and opinions, participate in the PCA culture of open communication, and ask for help when we need it.

  • Treat fellow students and staff members with consideration and respect.

  • Provide honest feedback to aid future college development.

  • We will familiarise ourselves with our financial commitment to the college.

  • Be environmentally responsible with regards to our studies (e.g. printing, littering, use of electricity).

  • Be respectful towards college spaces and resources.

The College will...

  • Aim to ensure that our staff members communicate effectively so that students receive consistent information and feedback in an appropriate time frame.

  • Provide a safe and accessible learning environment.

  • Help students gain employability skills and prepare for their future.

  • Ensure students are represented on college boards and committees and respond to their feedback appropriately.

  • Describe clearly course requirements and marking criteria.

  • Ensure assessment feedback is thorough and constructive and honest.

  • Maintain a high standard of facilities, support services, and access to industry standard resources.

  • Promote available financial support.

  • Provide a high-quality learning and teaching experience.

  • Ensure staff maintain a high level of professionalism.

  • Promote students and their work so that they can develop confidence and realise their full potential.

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The Students' Union will…

  • Create a vibrant community with a varied and student-inspired social calendar.

  • Facilitate discussion between students and staff.

  • Represent students at relevant boards and committees.

  • Signpost students to relevant support, information, and facilities.

  • Provide opportunities to undertake positions on the executive committee within the SU according to the PCA SU constitution.

  • Provide access to paid work opportunities including but not limited to the Student Union Student Ambassador role and commissioned artwork.

  • Encourage a culture of inclusivity, equality, respect, and social responsibility.

  • Get involved in the local community through volunteering and local projects.

  • Promote students’ physical and mental health and wellbeing.

  • Provide social facilities and opportunities for students, including the use of a dedicated Students’ Union space.

  • Link students to the promotions, activities, and campaigns of the National Union of Students.

  • Provide support to students in setting up clubs and societies.