The University should introduce content notes for lectures and readings

Passed: May 2018 (11th) - Campus-wide referendum

Vote Breakdown:

Total Votes: 1562. Votes For: 1008. Votes Against: 486. Abstentions: 68.

What's It About?

I want to get more tutors at the University of Leeds to include content notes for lectures, seminars & readings that may be sensitive and potentially damaging for students’ mental health if they are not notified beforehand.

Why Have You Proposed It?

I, and many other students, have found that when personal topics such as sexual violence, eating disorders or racial violence are discussed without warning it can be very distressing. I believe it’s really important for topics such as these are discussed in an academic setting, but not in a way that is damaging to student’s mental health. Students with mental health conditions such as anxiety, ptsd or ocd should be able to have a fair education without seminars/lectures making them ill.

A content note is simply letting people know if sensitive topics, images etc. are coming up, it in no way means these topics won’t be discussed or taught. If they were used consistently across the University, students like me would feel free to choose any courses/modules without worrying about their mental health. They are commonly used before films, TV shows, and news articles - it won’t hurt anyone if they’re used at uni too, but it does hurt people when they aren’t used!

Expires: May 2021 (11th)

Submitted By: Monisha Jackson

Officer: Education / Welfare

Area of Work: Education Service Provision


August 2020: Sophia your Welfare Officer is going to be working on this with our Academic Team over the next year.

June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

February 2020: Event took place.

December 2019: Event now likely to take place in second term

October 2019: ART fully staffed up, this has been assigned to a member of staff who will work with Amy, Welfare Officer, and Abiha, Education Officer.

July 2019: May event didn't take place, and changes in staffing in ART have put this slightly on hold until capacity increases.

April 2019: Academic Representation Team met to start planning for May event.

December 2018: Evaluation meeting took place, also looking at potential for May student-focused event, with involvement of PGE team, and discussions within the university.

October 2018: Event took place and was successful. Evaluation meeting due early December.

September 2018: Academic Representation Team and Welfare Officer are preparing an event around this issue for end of month - working with PRIA (Pedagogic Research in Arts)

May 2018: Setting up meeting in the new academic year with proposer, Education Officer, Welfare Officer and our Academic Representation Team.