February Council took a different format to usual. Before the business of Student Council began, Professor Chris Day, the University Vice-Chancellor, answered questions relating to harassment, sexual misconduct and hate crime in higher education. The invitation to attend was extended by the President and Welfare and Equality Officer following media reports and the newly formed NU Policy Review group that the officers also attend. NUSU have also created our own internal review group to ensure that the NUSU Sexual Misconduct policy is up to date.
This was an opportunity for students to ask Professor Day, the Welfare & Equality Officer and the President questions relating to harassment, sexual misconduct and hate crime in higher education and have their views shared. After answering the pre-submitted questions Chris Day summarised by assuring students that this will effectively create the work on policy review. You can watch the full session on NUTV’s YouTube channel here.
The NUSU Annual General Meeting was also held.
All students automatically become members of their Students’ Union (unless they opt out) when starting university and are welcome to attend the AGM.
The AGM is the chance for members to receive a report from the President which covers all of last year’s activities, finances and accounts; students also had the opportunity to raise questions on any of the detail before the reports were put forward for approval.
You can read the key documents here.
The Council meeting followed. With one ordinary motion the room was keen to get on with the business. Georgia Corbett, Disability Officer, proposer of the ‘Audio – Visual Accessibility’ motion was asked a lot of questions on the many various ways of creating subtitles. The questions were obviously answered well because the motion passed with 76%.
A short but meaningful Council and a great evening on the whole which will hopefully lead to a safer campus!
You can see all the motions that passed here or watch back NUTV’s excellent coverage here.
Get in touch if you have an idea for a motion or want to know more about Student Council. Also, if you would like a voting place at the next meeting of Student Council, which will take place on 14 March, sign up for a Casual Place here.