The rain and hail couldn’t put off the members who braved the weather to come along to the November's NUSU Student Council.
The second Council of the year, chaired by Stephen Dawes, started with the usual notices and reports. A question to the Sabbatical Officers was asked regarding the upcoming UCU Lecturer strike. One member was concerned that the Sabbatical Officers neutral stance was not the overall feeling on campus. Members were told that a motion can be submitted to verify NUSU Council’s stance on any future strike action.
The motion proposals began with renaming the Racial Equality Officer to BAME Students' Officer. Sara Elkhawad (Welfare & Equality Officer) proposed the motion and it was seconded by Rabeeyah Cheema, the current Racial Equality Officer. The new name is more inclusive and changes to the job description will mean that there is no offensive language used. The renaming was obviously a popular choice and the motion passed with 100%.
Pablo Charro de la Fuente (NUSU Education Officer) proposed the next constitutional motion ‘Reduce the use of paper promotional materials during elections’. Pablo argued that because of the Climate Crisis NUSU should be creating policy to reduce waste and this motion if passed would limit election candidates to recyclable posters only, no flyers would be permitted. Unfortunately (perhaps) for the environment but more fortunate (perhaps) for election candidates this motion fell.
The second of the environmental motions did get the results it needed to pass. Sian Dickie's ‘Fully Digital Submission of Written Assignments’ passed with 92% following a procedural motion to make sure that the resolves are now inclusive for all courses. Pablo will now begin the task of changing culture within the schools who currently require submissions in hard copy as well as Turnitin.
The update to the Transgender Policy passed and Tobias Lawrence (LGBT+ Officer) can be extra happy that this was passed during the Rock the Cis-tem (Trans Awareness) campaign week.
Motion 403 ‘Implementation of Free Graduations' passed and Katie Smyth (President) will now begin to lobby the appropriate University departments to have the cost of graduation covered from summer 2020. A number of Scottish (non-tuition fee paying) Universities cover the cost and this will be a strong argument for how it can be done.
The Open Debate ‘Location of NUSU Council’ ended the meeting. It is clear that members want to stay in the Union for Council but are keen to make the venue as accessible as possible. Perhaps the introduction of the President’s background music swayed the debate? #Spiceupyourlife
If you couldn't make it down or would like to catch-up on any part of the meeting, don't forget,you can catch up on everything from November's Council from NUTV's brilliant coverage.
December's Student Council
We are already looking forward to the Christmas Council and of course the mince pies! However, the motion deadline is tight. Get your submissions in by next Friday 22nd November.
Then if you would like to attend the next meeting, possibly even with a voting place of your own, then make sure you join us in the History Room (level 1 NUSU) on Thursday 5 December from 5.15pm.
For more information including future Council dates head to www.nusu.co.uk/council