What is the AT Rights campaign?
The UEA has higher levels of ATs providing taught content compared to other institutions, moreover, a significant amount of UG and MSc project supervision in laboratories is carried out by PGR students. PGR ATs at UEA feel underappreciated for the work they do. We want to change this and for UEA to appreciate the work PhD students, who teach, dedicate their time to. We want ATs to feel valued in their research community, make sure they are paid fairly, and are prepared for their role. We are currently conductin secondary research into the way other institutions treat their ATs. For this we have looked into: policies; recruitment; contracts; training and mentoring; and remuneration.
This issue has been brought up at numerous student meetings, including the postgraduate assembly. This issue permeates throughout the institution and affects not only PGR students but everyone who is taught by PGR ATs. Given the Union’s priorities around mental health, student wellbeing, and cost of living, this AT campaign will become a priority as it will impact and affect all of these aspects across levels of study.