FINANCIAL AND OCCUPATIONAL AFFAIRS

- Financial Interests of Students -

UNIVERSITY FINANCING
The University of Iceland is greatly underfunded which is one of the greatest matters in regards to the interests of students at the University. Röskva demands that politicians live up to their promises when it comes to the university’s financing and for those finances which are provided to be allocated to student interests.

ENTRANCE EXAMS
Röskva is completely against limiting the number of students for the purposes of cutbacks. The goal of entrance exams should be to improve the quality of education and not to hinder access to it.

RÖSKVA DEMANDS THE GOVERNMENT PRIORITIZE THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
Röskva highly criticizes the arrangement where the state fund provides an equal payment for all students. Privately run universities who collect school fees from their students should not need equal funding from the government to the same extent as public universities.

LEGITIMACY OF REGISTRATION FEES
Röskva questions the legitimacy of registration fees as they stand and considers them to be hidden tuition fees that impair equality in education. Röskva's basic ideal is equal rights for all to education. Röskva completely opposes the increase in registration fees and demands a reduction of them.

CHEAPER LIVING AS A STUDENT
As is customary in Nordic countries and other places, Röskva believes it to be normal for students to be considered as a low-income group like the disabled and elderly. Students should have a standardized discount from public services such as commute, health care and preschool services.

   

- Occupational Policy -

RECLAIM STUDENTS’ RIGHTS TO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Röskva demands that students be guaranteed the right to unemployment benefits and that students who need to apply for financial assistance after losing their jobs have the same opportunity as other working people. Students had this right until law amendments in 2010. It is a matter of equality that the legal environment is corrected with students in mind.

INTERDISCIPLINARY DAY
Röskva believes that all faculties of the University of Iceland can take the School of Health Sciences as a model when it comes to interdisciplinary collaboration. An interdisciplinary day could be held in all areas where students from different faculties come together and work together.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTE
Gulleggið and other entrepreneurial projects that the University of Iceland is closely connected to are for the good. We suggest that there be facilities for entrepreneurs to work on their ideas and develop further.

INTERNSHIPS MUST BE PAID
Röskva believes that the aim should be to increase the supply of internships and that it should be clear at the beginning of each time how the internship is assessed for credits. In addition, the aim should be to ensure that all internships in for-profit companies are paid.

AFFAIRS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS REGARDING FINANCE AND OCCUPATION
Röskva believes that the position of international students regarding financial and business affairs can be significantly improved. Presentations and information should be more accessible in English. Financial support for international students who are often in a difficult financial situation should also be increased. Röskva demands that international students with student permits who fall outside the Schengen area have the right to work at least 50% of the time.

STUDENT RIGHTS AT TRADE UNIONS
Röskva believes that the rights of students in trade unions should be more visible. Röskva also wants students to have increased access to trade union funds.