The first master plan for improving student life at UTC a concrete and achievable action plan

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy Com­piègne is home to some 4 500 stu­dents reg­is­tered for engi­neer­ing, bachelor’s or pro­fes­sion­al degrees, master’s degrees and doc­tor­ate cours­es. They now can refer to the very first Stu­dent Life Mas­ter Plan, enti­tled the “Stu­dent Life Improve­ment Mas­ter Plan». Its strength: a co-con­struc­tion approach that puts stu­dents at the heart of the reflec­tion and draft­ing of proposals.

pro­pos­als. The mas­ter plan for improv­ing stu­dent life is the result of a gen­uine con­sul­ta­tion between stu­dents, UTC staff and var­i­ous local stake­hold­ers. The actions pro­grammed by this plan, cov­er­ing a 5‑year peri­od 2024–2028, are based on three main themes: feel­ing good in mind and body, liv­ing well and ful­fill­ing one­self with­in one’s envi­ron­ment and hav­ing a trans­for­ma­tive and tran­si­tion­al stu­dent expe­ri­ence look­ing ahead to their future pro­fes­sion­al lives.

«It took over a year to draw up this plan, based as it was on an inven­to­ry of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and brain­storm­ing work­shops with, as “pilots”, stu­dents who were asked to think and dream big around five ini­tial themes (being well in mind and body, liv­ing well togeth­er, liv­ing well at the UTC, being well sup­port­ed and liv­ing well in one’s envi­ron­ment). This led to a series of ambi­tions and con­crete actions, such as facil­i­tat­ing access to care by strength­en­ing the med­ical pres­ence via shifts for health pro­fes­sion­als such as speech ther­a­pists, occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­pists or neu­ropsy­chol­o­gists. Or set­ting up a one-stop shop, staffed by stu­dents, to pro­vide per­son­alised assis­tance with admin­is­tra­tive for­mal­i­ties. But we also need to recog­nise stu­dent com­mit­ment by cre­at­ing a new ‘asso-élite’ course for high­ly com­mit­ted stu­dents, and include the exist­ing ITC ‘elite’ cours­es (sport, music, asso, entre­pre­neur­ship) in the diplo­ma sup­ple­ment,» explains Véronique Hédou, a lec­tur­er and research sci­en­tist in applied math­e­mat­ics at UTC who has been in charge of stu­dent life for ten years.

. The ‘green’ thread of the plan: ecological transformation and social commitment

The eco­log­i­cal tran­si­tion and soci­etal com­mit­ment (TE&ES) is also a cen­tral con­cern for the UTC, its staff and its stu­dents. This is why TE&ES is a trans­ver­sal strate­gic axis, an inte­gral part of all of the institution’s mis­sions, which are research, edu­ca­tion, inno­va­tion, stu­dent life and cam­pus life. «Our devel­op­ments and choic­es are viewed through this major prism, so it is nat­u­ral­ly present in a large num­ber of actions in this Mas­ter Plan. We have cho­sen to make it a com­mon thread, an inte­gral part of all our actions». Mon­i­tor­ing and imple­ment­ing the Plan will there­fore require a great deal of work. Some­times via their asso­ci­a­tions, some­times via their elect­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the stu­dents will have to work along­side the UTC depart­ments to make the Plan a real­i­ty. It is a tool­box of ideas that should ensure that all those involved in stu­dent life who want to take action will not be bored for at least the next four years.

3 questions for Romain Marchal, aged 21,in his 2nd year of the utc engineering cycle — major in urban engineering

 How did you become involved in the draft­ing of this Plan?
In May 2022, I was invit­ed by the UTC Stu­dent Life Office to take part in the steer­ing com­mit­tee for the imple­men­ta­tion of the SDVE Mas­ter Plan as an elect­ed stu­dent mem­ber of Aca­d­e­m­ic Board of Direc­tors. We worked with the stu­dent union (BDE), the elect­ed mem­bers of the CEVU, the pre­ven­tive med­i­cine ser­vice, the dis­abil­i­ty advi­sor and the train­ing and teach­ing depart­ment. This wide-rang­ing pan­el enabled us to take stock of the sit­u­a­tion and iden­ti­fy the strate­gic areas around which stu­dent life at UTC is struc­tured. It was dur­ing these work­ing meet­ings that we came up with the idea of con­sult­ing stu­dents direct­ly through lunchtime work­shops. We want­ed to give pri­or­i­ty to qual­i­ta­tive work in 5 areas in order to come up with con­crete pro­pos­als that would meet stu­dents’ needs.

What spe­cif­ic points did you focus on?
I had the plea­sure of co-chair­ing one of the work­ing groups on the theme of «Liv­ing well in the city». For a week in April 2023, we met every lunchtime with a dozen or so stu­dents cho­sen at ran­dom, vol­un­teer­ing to dis­cuss mobil­i­ty, hous­ing, cul­ture, sport… and all mat­ters that affect life in Com­piègne and its sur­round­ing area. UTC staff such as the SD/RS project man­ag­er and the qual­i­ty project man­ag­er joined us dur­ing the week. Arielle François, Compiègne’s Town­hall cul­tur­al coun­sel­lor also came to talk to us. After a quick review of the exist­ing sit­u­a­tion, we start­ed to work on pro­pos­als for improve­ments. At the end of the week, we sub­mit­ted a list of sug­gest­ed improve­ments, ranked in order of impor­tance, to the Stu­dent Life Office, which then did a fan­tas­tic job of sum­maris­ing them to pro­duce the final ver­sion of the SDVE Mas­ter Plan.

Why is such a plan use­ful?
This Mas­ter Plan pro­vides a strate­gic vision of stu­dent life for the UTC in the medi­um term. I think its strength lies in the con­sul­ta­tion process. The plan was drawn up with all the par­ties involved in stu­dent life, plac­ing stu­dents at the heart of the process. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in this scheme enabled me to realise just how wide-rang­ing stu­dent life is, and that many things are already in place for the well-being of stu­dents at UTC. This plan is part of a con­tin­u­ous improve­ment approach and is all the more effec­tive that it was unan­i­mous­ly approved by UTC’s gov­ern­ing bod­ies. Indi­ca­tors are asso­ci­at­ed with the objec­tives; they will make it pos­si­ble to mon­i­tor the evo­lu­tion of stu­dent life and the use­ful­ness of the actions put in place.

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Avril 2024 - N°62

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