Christmas Council welcomed Professor Chris Day - Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor Suzanne Cholerton - Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching to consult with council members on the Newcastle University Vision 2021 plans. Strategic plans were presented and questions from the floor were answered.
This consultation was part of a wider programme of gaining student and staff opinion on the Vision 2021 plans. Look out for the final version later in the year.
On to (Council) business….
Motion ‘No Bin, No Search’ passed meaning that the NUSU stance on harm reduction and protecting students may now be seen in University Halls of Residence. Risk of over dosing because of drug searches may be minimised and safe disposal of illegal substances may be available if the proposed amnesty bins are installed.
402 Motion ’15 minutes is never long enough’ to extend library study space break time from 15-30 minutes passed with an impressive 87%. This positive indicator will be crucial in talks with NUIT and the library.
403 motion to rename SSC to ‘Student Voice Committee’, proposed by our former Chair of Council, did not reach the majority needed. We heard some really good debate from Academic Reps from across the University. The consultation process will be on-going throughout next term to come to an agreeable solution.
404 Motion on ‘Optional Word Processing of Exams’ introduced by NUSU President Ronnie Reid, passed with a massive 93%! Student Council agreed to support the President and Education Officer in lobbying the University to offer this exam reform to students. This motion also resolves to ensure that this must be a choice, rather than a compulsory measure.
Images have been kindly shared by @SaffronMee.
A great end to student democracy 2017!
See you all in the New Year.