Student Charter 2021/22

The Student Charter, jointly developed and agreed between the Student Union President 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...

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

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

  • Familiarise ourselves with our financial commitment to the college.

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

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

  • Be respectful towards college and union spaces, equipment and resources.

  • Engage in opportunities to create positive change and provide honest feedback to aid future college development.

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

Plymouth College of Art will...

  • Provide a high-quality learning and teaching experience.

  • Provide a safe and accessible learning environment.

  • Ensure course requirements and marking criteria are clear.

  • Ensure assessment feedback is thorough, constructive and honest.

  • Ensure staff maintain a high level of professionalism.

  • Ensure that staff members communicate effectively so that students receive consistent information and feedback in an appropriate time frame.

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

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

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

  • Actively promote students and their work. 

  • Promote available financial support.

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Plymouth College of Art Student Union will…

  • Represent students at relevant boards, committees, working groups and meetings.

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

  • Ensure the student voice is regularly listened to and acted upon, including facilitating discussion between students and staff.

  • Provide support and services for physical, sexual and mental health, free of charge or at discounted rates.

  • Enable a vibrant community with varied events and activities in response to student feedback.

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

  • Encourage involvement with the local community through volunteering and local projects.

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

  • Provide opportunities to undertake positions on the Student Union Executive Committee, in accordance with the PCA SU constitution.

  • Provide access to paid work opportunities and employment, such as the Student Union Student Ambassador role and commissions.

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

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