RoarÂ writer Camilla Alcini on how King’s students are taking action as the university fails to deliver an adequate academic and social experience
Even though we are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel, the pandemic has had a profound impact on students worldwide for the last year.Â King’s College London was, of course, no exception. With teaching being moved almost entirely online and a great part of student life disrupted, people started getting angry. At the government, institutions and, eventually, the university.
The patience to bear with the continuous adjustments during these unprecedented timesÂ has an expiration date. And as a consequence, protests started to pop up as anger and discontent grew.
Here are some of King’s active advocacy groupsÂ you want to know about:
Keep It Real KCL
KCL complaints, aka Complaints College London, was born in April this year but its Instagram feed already features 74 posts. Each features a query or complaint that a student has and is organised by course, ranging from Politics to Medicine.Â
Most are exposing the shortcomings of their course, incompetence of university lecturers and admin. However, a special section is dedicated to protests regarding student-staff behaviour. In fact, there was evenÂ one complaint of harassment back in May.
All the complaints are reduced to 9 points of their campaign, which include a feedback threshold, a feedback deadline and an assignment freeze window during the holidays.
To learn more about or get involved with KCL Complaints visit their Instagram page, @kcl_complaints
KCL for Tuition Fee Reduction
Why should we pay Â£9,250 a year for a glorified version of Open University? This simple question sums upÂ KCL For Tuition Fee Reduction’s core argument.
But there is more to its protests. The debate around fees was in the eye of the storm back in 2017, when tuition fees were increased by Â£250. It had since died down but the pandemic’s shift to online learning put it back on in the spotlight as many people started wondering what exactly they were paying for. Online lectures, seminars, workshops along with a locked down campus made the academic experience lacklustre. Moreover, there was zero chance of enjoying the best part of uni: socialising with your peers.
KCL Scrap the Fees
“Refund. Review. Rethink”Â is the motto of the KCL Scrap the Fees (KCL STF) movement. Similarly to kcl_trf (see above), KCL STF aims to put their students before profit and reduce tuition fees. There is a special focus on the treatment received by people who failed to pay the fees on time this past year and got suspended.