Many of our campaigns require us to lobby external organisations to achieve positive change for students. Below are some examples of projects where we've worked with external groups, but if you have an idea for a new campaign please contact EUSA President Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson.
Scottish local elections
The Sabbatical Officers will be meeting candidates standing in the local government elections and asking them to support three key asks that Student Council voted to focus on: rent prices, sexual harrassment in city venues and services for survivors of sexual violence. Local Councillors make decisions about transport, waste and recycling, Council Tax, local services and housing. You can read more about the Students' Association local elections asks here.
Housing - We know that accessing affordable housing is an ongoing issue for many students and therefore we are constantly lobbying to improve the private rental sector in Edinburgh. We also want to ensure that our students are well-informed and aware of their rights when searching for accommodation, and therefore our Advice Place runs an annual Fair Housing campaign, which you can find out more about here.
Supporting International Students - The University of Edinburgh has a large International Student Community, and over the years we've worked with our International Students' Section Group Conveners to successfully lobby for fixed International Student Fees, campaign against laws which would make it harder for International Students to find accommodation, and petitioned Theresa May to bring back the Post Study Work Visa. This year, the Post Study Work Visa is a priority for all our sabbatical officers, and we'll be sure to post here if any actions are taking place.
Community Guide - The Students' Association's Community Guide has top money saving tips and advice on how to get on with your neighbours, as well as information on how to get the most out of your local community. You can read the guide here.
NUS demo 2016 - The National Union of Students (NUS) and University Colleges Union (UCU) are organising a demonstration in London on Saturday 19th November. The demonstration will be calling for a fairly funded, liberated education, and will be positively affirming support for our internationally diverse student body. Find out more here.
Bike Hire Scheme - We know from research that students are keen to use sustainable travel options but often these come with a cost. In 2014, EUSA President Briana Pegado worked with the University Transport Office to launch a bike hire scheme for students based in Pollock Halls. From September 2015 there were 50 bikes available for students to hire out for a Semester at a time. This is a pilot project and taking it forward dpends on funding.
Scottish Parliament Elections - On the 5th of May 2016, people in Scotland took part in elections for members of the Scottish Parliament. EUSA student presidents worked hard to ensure that students' voices were heard by producing a EUSA manifesto, lobbying candidates and holding two debates. Your student presidents will follow up this work in the coming months as new and continuing MSPs settle into office.
#GE2015 - Last year's sabbatical officers ran a fantastic campaign around the General Election which included a EUSA manifesto, voter registration activities, and meetings with candidates. It was a huge success and resulted in a great turnout in constitutencies where we know there is a large concentration of students.
Edinburgh Student Arts Festival - In 2014, EUSA President Briana Pegado launched the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival, which brought together students from across Edinburgh's education institutions and resulted in a week-long festival in four venues across the city. Although Briana is no longer President, she hopes to continue this project, and further updates can be found on the official ESAF website.