In May 2016, Newcastle University Students' Union Council accepted a motion to mandate their Education Officer to lobby the University to introduce a break after the January exam period. In October 2016, Student Council formally ratified this motion.

In March 2017, Rowan South was elected as Education Officer for 2017/18, pledging to explore the possibility of introducing a week's break after the January exam period.

This proposal would require the University's Easter holiday to be shortened from 4-5 weeks to 3-4 weeks. This would result in no overall loss of teaching or holiday time.

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