Students leave their mark on new Student Charter

More than 100 students left messages on interactive boards to raise awareness of the University’s new Student Charter.

The Charter has been co-created by students, staff and the Students’ Union, outlining a shared set of five principles which summarise what students and staff should expect from each other during their time at the University, and helping students achieve the Hallmarks of a Portsmouth Graduate.

Students were asked to write about what the Charter’s five SCORE principles meant to them during induction talks at the Third Space in the Students’ Union building:

  • Support – seek out and nurture strong support networks and partnerships to help meet your academic, career, and personal needs.
  • Community – play your part in welcoming others into diverse, inclusive, global and local communities where ideas are shared, opinions are sought, and views are valued.
  • Opportunity – embrace challenges, be intellectually curious, and seize the broad range of opportunities provided within and beyond the curriculum.
  • Respect – value the people you meet and the places where you study, work, and live; be a role model in the ways you treat people with respect, equity and dignity.
  • Education – commit wholeheartedly to a stimulating learning environment, provide and respond to timely and constructive feedback, and push the boundaries of your subject.

Violet Karapaseva, President of the Students’ Union, said: “One of the key purposes of creating a new Student Charter was to make it more meaningful for students. My predecessor started the review a year ago, and through a wide group of students and staff the Charter evolved from a lengthy formal document into a more inspirational and memorable set of principles. It was clear to see that the opportunity to write comments about what the principles mean to them helped bring the Charter to life for new students, so they can better understand what they, staff and the Union need to contribute to create a fantastic student experience.”

Graham Galbraith, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “It was wonderful to see new students engaging so enthusiastically with the Student Charter, and hopefully inspiring them to fully embrace its principles during their time at the University.”  

The five display boards will be on show at the Third Space over the coming weeks before moving to the Library.

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