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martin marko

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Postgraduate democracy and how it works

There are two main democratic decision-making organisations within postgraduate(su): The Postgraduate Assembly – a regular, forum-style meeting open to all postgraduate students and the Postgraduate Committee – a smaller group of representatives elected by the assembly. 

As the 2018/19 academic year gets underway, it’s time for the first Postgraduate Assembly meeting of the year. This is arguably the most important of the year as it’s where a new Postgraduate Committee will be elected.  

The committee is made up of five elected representatives, four of the full-time elected officers, representatives of the NBI and a part-time officer elected by the Student Officer Committee. They manage the Postgraduate(su) budget, hold me to account as your full-time elected officer, approve social grant applications, suggest what postgraduate events they’d like to see and provide guidance on the use of the graduate centre. Committee members also sit on Union Council, allowing them to vote on Union policy and change things at the highest level.

If you’d like to stand for a position, online nominations for the committee have now closed, but you can still nominate yourself at the Assembly tonight, or email Josh Melling to submit a nomination. It will be held in Scholars Lounge in Union House, next to Scholars’ bar.  

There will be free pizza and drinks, the assembly is open to all Postgrads and it’s a great opportunity to have your say, meet other students and see how Student Union democracy works. 

If you’re thinking of standing for election to committee, or have an issue you want raised at the assembly and want to know more, feel free to get in contact with myself or our PG Engagement Coordinator by popping into the Union House office or emailing: 

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