Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) - University College Dublin
The student forum will be hosted and led by students from University College Dublin, and will provide a rich and coherent set of sessions that will run in parallel with the main Annual General Meeting (AGM) program.
“Students are central stakeholders to the kind of education our universities provide. Fundamental to understanding the student experience is the need to have our students inform it. In all our member universities, student leaders represent their peers and we are well placed to discuss and feedback this knowledge to the WUN. Gaining this knowledge can only add to the WUN’s success and I invite you to support your student leaders in bringing their voice to Dublin in May.”
- Barry Murphy, President, UCD Students’ Union
The conference will be held at University of College Dublin from Tuesday, May 21 through Friday, May 24. Students will be participating in the Student Forum and their findings will then be included in the President's Forum at the end of the week. This is a great opportunity for a student leader to network and discuss global issues with students from around the world. Potential discussion topics within education include: sustainability, equal opportunities, cost and the role of University. Flights and hotel accommodations will be covered by The Center for Education Abroad and some meals will be provided at the conference.
Student Forum DRAFT Programme
Venue: Student Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 14Host: UCD Students’ Union
Dates: Tuesday, May 21st 2019 – Friday, May 24th
Tuesday, May 21st
Wednesday, May 22nd
- 8.00: Networking breakfast with UCDSU
- 8.30: Welcome to WUN AGM Student Forum- Peter Lennie, Executive Director WUN, Barry Murphy, President UCD Students’ Union.
- 9.00: One of two options: a) Students participate in the scheduled “Special Topic Workshop 2019- Student Mental Health”. We do think student leaders will be well placed to contribute to the discussion, or b) We host a separate workshop on the topic at this time or the following day. If a separate session is to be held we would aim to move the “welcome” to 9.00 and start the session at 9.30. It would be led by our UCD Students’ Union, Welfare Officer, Melissa Plunkett and suggested equivalents from other member universities. Guest speakers to be confirmed.
- 12.00: Lunch
- 13:00: The cost of a University Education: Are us students capable of funding our learning and if not, how should it be funded? – A workshop on Higher Education Funding, equal financial access to that education and how we can improve it. The workshop will be led by Stephen Crosby, UCDSU Education Officer and equivalents nominated from member Universities. Guest speaker- Malcolm Byrne, Irish Higher Education Authority.
- 14.30: The role of University in preparing students for life beyond the curriculum: Are we given the skills to get ahead in today’s economy and society? – A workshop on the student viewpoint on sustainable careers and living in ever changing economies and societies faced with challenges and opportunities. Output would involve feedback to WUN members on how our curriculums can and should also prepare us for life beyond the classroom. Desired guest speakers to be decided pending input from student delegates.
- 16.15: Day 1 close and buses return to Herbert Park Hotel
Thursday, May 23rd
- 9.00: An understanding of consent education- Are we educating our student bodies on healthy relationships, sexual health and wellbeing? Seminar and breakout workshops on consent education in each of our Universities compiling all practices from each student leader’s university experience. Desired guest speaker- Winnie M Li, Author and Consent Activist and confirmed speaker Fiona Drouet, Campaign Lead #emilytest.
- 13.00: Lunch
- 14.00: Equal opportunities- Is access to University Education open to all or do race, gender, sexuality and socioeconomic status determine the pathway of each student? Seminar and breakout workshops on inequality in education and how Universities can work to ensure equal access for all. Guest speakers include Dr. Anna Kelly, UCD Access and Lifelong Learning, Shakira Martin, President of National Union of Students, United Kingdom.
- 16.15: Day 2 close
Friday, May 24th
- 9.00: Sustainable education- In a world where Climate Change and lack of our governments’ leadership to halt further climate chaos, what role do we, as students, and our Universities have in combatting the biggest issue of our time? Seminar and breakout sessions on environmental education and the impact each of our Universities can have through research and as models for our societies. Confirmed guest speakers include Judy Ling Wong OBE CBE.
- 13.00: Lunch
- 14.00: Undergraduate research and its role in expanding our knowledge and understanding in all prior forum topics. We would like to provide for presentations from student leaders from each WUN member university. Submissions for each of these slots will be made by the attending student leaders to the WUN prior to the AGM.
- 16.00: Student Forum closes. Speakers Peter Lennie, WUN Executive Director and Barry Murphy, President, UCD Students’ Union.
- All Day: Student leaders participate in WUN President’s Forum and present our findings and feedback to its members.