For some time the OCA’s Student Handbook has referred to the importance of a ‘partnership’ approach to the relationship between staff and students. It is a principle fully supported by OCASA and, in the preparation of the new Student Handbook for 2012-13, that concept has taken an important step forward.
Tucked away in Section 4 is OCA staff student partnership agreement. This is a brand new document, drawn up this summer between OCA head office staff, OCA tutors, and the OCA Student Association. It defines and underpins the spirit of the working relationship between all of us – in terms of both rights and responsibilities. It isn’t a legal contract, that aspect is covered in the new Student Regulations. And it is sometimes easy to be cynical about such statements of principle. But – I think it is one of the most important pieces of work that OCASA has done in its first year.
OCA Chief Executive, Gareth Dent, says:
For an educational charity focused on learning and teaching, working in partnership with our students, and specifically the Students’ Association, is of primary importance and I think this statement gives us the framework to do this effectively.
For the first time, anyone involved with OCA can refer to a single, easily-accessible statement of principle in relation to their individual rights and responsibilities. I urge all OCA students (and staff & tutors too) to read it, and to buy into the principles that it sets out. When you’ve read it, I hope you’ll agree with my assessment of its importance – to you, and to everyone else at OCA.
Stan Dickinson, President, OCA Student Association