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democracy discussions: last union council of the semester

The final Union Council round up of the semester! Council on the 5th was jam-packed with agenda items. We approved lots of new societies, had some constructive debate and approved new policy, as well as getting through the first portion of policy lapse.

We went through the Full Time Officer and Part Time Officer Reports and discussed what I’ve been up to over the last month including:   

  • Updated Council on the success of the registration to vote campaign- the I’m Registered to Vote campaign ensured that 1600 new students registered
  • Met with university staff and UCU committee to talk through the industrial action that happened on the 25th November until the 4th December
  • Successful meetings on rent setting for campus accommodation and discussion on adopting a Liverpool Memorandum of Understanding model to support students financially
  • Attended University Council and contributed to the ongoing work on their new 5 year plan

We then had an open discussion on the modelling options provided from our external consultant as a first steer- you can find both here if you look at the documents for the December council- do get in touch if you have any thoughts or ideas.

We approved ten new societies: 

  • PENSA
  • Reggae Appreciation
  • Geography Society
  • Student Action for Refugees
  • Swing Dance Society
  • Travel, World, Tourism Society
  • Anatomy Society
  • No More
  • Pokemon Society
  • Kasmiri Society

We then went through policy lapse and motions; the new policy approved are below:

  • Amendment to the Bye-Laws 4.33.3: Allow a delegated member of the postgraduate committee to attend the Student Officer Committee
  • Permanent Space for Commuters
  • Transparency of Process and Communication for Associate Tutor Applications
  • We have (some) beef with the beef beef (Amendment to motion ‘We have beef with beef’ passed at Union Council 7th November 2019

Once again, it was great to see so many of you! In the meantime, if you have any questions or how to propose a motion, feel free to email me at s.atherton@uea.ac.uk and we can organise something. Equally if you want to get involved with the implementation of policy, get in touch and I can direct you to the right person! I hope to see you on the 23rd January at 6pm in Lecture Theatre 2. 

 

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