Transforming Education; Transforming Lives
Putting learners first is key strategic priority one of the University. This Student Charter explains the mutual expectations of the University and its students.
The charter also describes the role and responsibilities of University of Wales Trinity Saint David Students’ Union (UWTSDSU) within the UWTSD and the responsibilities of all collaborative partner institutions in relation to student representation, support, and engagement.
The Student Charter is reviewed annually by all parties involved and is endorsed by University Council.
Foster a culture where staff and students work together in partnership and provide an inclusive, supportive and safe learning environment where all students and staff can flourish and are able to fulfil their personal potential.
Recognise and celebrate the diversity of the student population and provide an excellent student experience that supports all students to fully take part in university life and taking measures to support removing barriers to participation.
Commit to developing an environment where the health and wellbeing of its staff and students is central and all are treated with dignity and respect.
The University is committed to student wellbeing, including mental health, and the well-being goals of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act and meets its statutory responsibilities regarding equality, diversity, safeguard and protected characteristics.
Commit to endeavour to protect the health, safety and well-being of all members of its community in particular in relation to Covid-19.
To support this culture, the University has:
- a Student Code of Conduct
- a Student Health and Wellbeing Strategy
- a suite of Student-facing policies which includes a Non-Academic Misconduct Policy
- a Safeguarding Policy
- a Professional Relationship Policy
Student Engagement & Representation
Recognise the Students’ Union as the voice of UWTSD students.
Support effective student representation for all its students:
- Ensure that the student voice is heard at all levels of decision making;
- Be open and transparent about decisions made at all levels as appropriate.
Ensure regular formal and informal feedback opportunities for all students on all aspects of their experience:
- Work with students to respond to their feedback on their experience;
- Let students know what has been done with their feedback;
- Use feedback to continually enhance the student experience.
Learning & Teaching
Offer a high quality learning experience, by:
- Working in close partnership with students
- Providing high quality, useful feedback on assessments
- Offering a well-designed student-centred curriculum which focuses on four key principles (collaborative, inclusive, personalised, and professionally focused) and delivers distinctive graduate attributes
- Supporting students appropriately academically through its personal tutor framework.
Provide appropriate environments and facilities for learning and teaching and ensure that students are supported to fully access their learning.
Provide high standards of teaching, enhanced by a range of opportunities, including:
- Study through the medium of Welsh and/or bilingually
- Study abroad (where possible)
- Continuing personal and professional development, and lifelong learning
Ensure that high quality support systems are in place so that all students, including those with declared disabilities, are enabled to achieve positive outcomes, academically and professionally.
Provide proactive support for students in relation to student facilities and services through its Student Hwb.
Ensure that staff supporting students are appropriately trained (e.g. through Mental Health First Aid training) so that they are able to proactively identify issues, support students effectively and appropriately, and are able to signpost where necessary.
Provide pastoral care through personal tutors and supervisors.
Ensure that all students have opportunities to develop skills that enable their academic, personal and professional development.
Provide an appropriate support framework to students experiencing mental health differences.
Ensure that a transparent and consistent framework is in place to provide students with the opportunity to apply for targeted financial support in case of financial hardship and to enhance their study opportunities.
Welsh Language & Bilingualism
Through our Welsh Language Scheme, seek to promote the understanding and use of the Welsh language.
Offer students the right to communicate with and receive services from the University in Welsh or English. This includes where appropriate providing opportunities for assessing student performance in Welsh, regardless of the language of tuition.
Offer students the opportunity to learn or enhance their Welsh language skills.
Work closely with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to provide wider study opportunities for Welsh medium students and develop resources to support their studies.
Provision of Opportunities
Provide appropriate support, resource and facilities to the Students’ Union for UWTSD students to ensure the provision of a range of student-led activities that will enhance student experience.
Provide and promote a range of opportunities to enhance the overall student experience, employability and sustainability skills, including:
- Sustainability focused opportunities (e.g. Green Impact week, Inspire internships)
- Enterprise focused activities
- Study abroad exchanges
- Work taster, work placement and other employment focused activities (where possible)
- Careers information and advice
- Further study opportunities
Use research and scholarship to enhance and enrich the student experience, strengthen student engagement, and deliver graduate skills through direct links with industry.
Information & compliance
Provide accessible and understandable information via the University website on all:
(including to the right to refer a complaint to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator and on the support available in relation to these.
- Providing clear details of on the full cost of study, including additional course costs to all students
- Providing information on changes to courses at the earliest possible opportunity, using relevant communication channels
- Adhering to the courses’ terms and conditions
Complying with relevant data protection legislation (e.g. through the student privacy notice)
Complying with guidelines in relation to:
- Inclusive teaching
- Digital Learning and Teaching standards
- Feedback turn-around times
- What has been done in response to feedback
- Personal tutors
Service its contractual obligations to students and comply with its commitments under consumer law as outlined by the Competition and Markets Authority.
In doing so, the University will work to protect the student interest when responding to circumstances such as significant changes to how a course is delivered or course closure.
The university has in place procedures to respond to these circumstances which will mitigate the potential impact on students and which recognise the different needs of its diverse student body.
Concerns, appeals, and complaints
- Commit to the OIA and QAA guiding principles in relation to concerns, appeals, and complaints.
- Ensure that concerns and issues are addressed and solved swiftly and, where possible, informally.
- Ensure that all students raising a concern, complaint or appeal are treated with dignity and respect and with regard to their welllbeing.
Initial Point of Contact
The Student Hwb serves as the initial contact point for student queries.
The Student Hwb can be reached through at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0300 131 3030
As part of the University Community
Recognise the importance of equality and diversity by treating all members of the university community and local communities with respect both in person and on other channels such as social media.
Make a positive contribution to the university community and the local communities that the University is based in and students live in.
Participate in student feedback and representative processes to enhance the student experience of all.
Commitment to Study
Make a positive contribution to their learning community and participate constructively in group work.
Engage fully with their studies:
- Attend scheduled classes and proactively seek support if needed
- Prepare for classes as required;
- Attempt every assessment component of each of their modules
- Engage proactively with feedback from tutors to improve academic work
- Follow local government and University guidance in relation to health and safety
Use the facilities and resources of the University with respect and consideration.
Proactively seek support when needed, whether this is generic academic support from a personal tutor, financial support, specialist support related to a disability, counselling support, or support in relation to a facility.
Work in partnership with the supporting member of staff to solve and address any issues.
Support your fellow students, without posing a risk to yourself and/or others, especially if they are in difficulties or don’t understand procedures. For example, you can offer help by directing your fellow student to the appropriate support service (e.g. the Hwb or Student Services).
Work together with other students as part of the community of staff and students.
Administration & compliance
Enrol on an annual basis and make arrangements for the payment of academic-related fees owed to the University on time or as agreed with the University.
Provide accurate and up to date personal information and contact details.
Access their University student email account and Moodle at least twice weekly, recognising these are the platforms that will be used to communicate urgent and important information.
Familiarise themselves with and follow University Regulations.
Comply with all relevant policies, including:
For UWTSD students: respect and abide by the constitution and policies of the Students’ Union.
Enable you to make the most of your education and your time at University.
Our Strategic Plan lays out how THE UNIVERSITY OF WALES TRINITY SAINT DAVID STUDENTS’ UNION WILL…
- Strengthen student influence over decisions that affect you
- Ensure that students understand their rights and have help when required
- Invest in activities and opportunities to enable our students to develop their skills
- Campaign for a fairer and more inclusive society
- Make it easy for our students to direct our work and resources
In doing so the Trustees of the Union will ensure that the policies and rules of UWTSDSU are adhered to at all times.
Student representation & engagement
- Represent, empower, and support all Higher Education students within the UWTSD to ensure that they receive fair treatment and are aware of their rights and responsibilities.
- Engage with student representative bodies throughout the UWTSD.
- Represent the interests of students at local and national level and campaign on issues relevant and important to students at the University.
- Ensure a consistent process for the election, training and support for all student representatives, (including part-time, distance learning and postgraduate students) across all courses and on all campuses.
- Represent the views of students to the University and other relevant stakeholders.
- Assist students with appropriate signposting and referral for academic and welfare issues.
- Provide informed and timely academic advice and guidance to students as required.
- Work in partnership with the University to ensure that students are able to access information, support and guidance across all elements of student life.
Student Activities / opportunities & Employability
- Promote and enable student participation in all Students’ Union activities, ensuring that all Students’ Union projects, events and services are accessible and inclusve for all.
- Enable students to run a range of sports clubs, societies and other activities to enhance personal development and employability, meet other students and develop hobbies and interests.
- Offer multiple opportunities for students to gain valuable experience through Students’ Union activities including volunteering.
- Reflect the importance and status of the Welsh language in its communication and create opportunities to support those students who wish to work and socialise through Welsh whilst at the University.
They follow the principles (Chapter 05 Student Representation Engagement and Support (Pages 38-42)) outlined in the Academic Quality Handbook in relation to student representation, student engagement and student support.
Where possible student representatives are democratically elected by their peers.
All student representatives have access to appropriate training and support.
Elected student representatives be considered a representative voice for the student body.
Students have the opportunity to contribute at all levels of decision making.
Students are a full member of any committees they attend.
Student representatives are provided with time to meet with students on their course privately. Course-level staff-student meetings follow similar procedures to other University meetings and:
- Are well publicised and accessible
- Have a formal agenda
- Have minutes taken, with action-points circulated following the meeting
- Students should be able to add items to the agenda
Staff-Student committees, as a matter of course, review student feedback including but not limited to module feedback forms, survey responses and programme reviews.
Course level meetings report into higher decision-making bodies.
Effort is made to illustrate to students the impact of their ideas and feedback (closing the feedback loop).