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Union Films

» 14 June 2010 » In Facilities and Services, Uncategorized » No Comments

Union Films14th June 2010, Union Council (Ref: 0910P32)

This Union notes:

  1. Union Films is the Students’ Union cinema (and a student media department of the Union) run by students on behalf of all members of the Students’ Union
  1. That Union Films is a nationally recognised and award-winning cinema film society.  It recently hosted a worldwide film premiere (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) and a recent survey of several hundred customers praised the current service, film selection and prices that Union Films offers.
  1. There are only THREE national student cinemas that still show 35mm film and allow for students to be involved with the running and showing of films at a cinema, and that Union Films is one of these.
  1. 35mm format films are available for showing films shortly after general release (long before normally available on DVD format), for equivalent cost but provides a far superior cinema experience, and that 35mm film is still the main method worldwide of showing a film in a cinema.
  1. Union Films currently makes a profit of approximately £5000 per academic year from ticket and refreshment sales, and is run by student volunteers
  1. The proposed SUSU facilities structure recommends that the existing Union Films office, which is used to prepare films and serve refreshments during screenings, become the new Events/Venue Office for the Venue Department and its 5 permanent staff, and that no suitable replacement facility be provided for Union Films

This Union believes:

  1. That providing a student-run purpose built cinema facility is one of the unique selling points of Southampton University and the Students’ Union.
  1. That the cinema provides a professional cinema experience at an attractive price for members of the Student’s Union compared to other cinemas within Southampton.
  1. To achieve and maintain this professional experience for all members of the Student’s Union, Union Films requires certain facilities other than the actual cinema and corresponding equipment.
  1. That currently, all these requirements are met solely by the Union Films office.
  1. That any facilities strategy should result in the best quality of service, facilities and experience that can be provided to the members of the Students’ Union.
  1. That providing opportunities for students to volunteer and become involved with the Students’ Union is in line with the highest ideals of a Students’ Union, and that Union Films provides a unique form of such an opportunity matched only by two other students’ unions nationwide.
  1. That it is desirable Union Films continues to show 35mm films rather than DVDs due to the better film selection (and availability), the prohibitive costs of switching to DVD-only showings without any loss of the current level of service the cinema provides, and that learning how to project a 35mm film is one of the unique experiences Union Films offers to students.

 

This Union resolves:

  1. To ensure that any Union facilities strategy will not result in any detriment to the current service provided by Union Films to its members and the operation of the cinema
  1. To mandate the Union President and/or Vice President Media & Communications to liaise with the Union Films committee and relevant Union staff on any facilities strategy that could affect the operations of Union Films and ensure a suitable solution is found that maintains the current service and opportunities offered by Union Films

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The “Wetness” of Water

» 14 June 2010 » In Constitution Changes, Officers » No Comments

The “Wetness” of Water – 14 June 2010, Union Council (Ref: 0910P28)

Union Notes

  1. Water is a chemical substance with the chemical formula H2O. Its molecule contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms connected by covalent bonds. Water is a liquid at ambient conditions, but it often co-exists on Earth with its solid state, ice, and gaseous state, water vapour or steam.
  2. Water covers 71% of the ‘Earth’s surface, and is vital for all known forms of life.
  3. The continued existence of the laws of physics, that confine water to liquid state in ambient conditions, allow the Union to function more effectively than if they were to discontinue, allowing both students and staff to drink, wash, extinguish fires and of course water-ski.
  4. That should the laws of physics somehow unravel themselves, the consequences for the Union, the University, Humanity, firemen and wake boarders would be quite inconvenient.

Union Believes

  1. That the President should always work to foster a sense of safety and wellbeing among the membership of the Union.
  2. That the fears of its membership would be much quelled if the Union could guarantee the “wetness” of water at a public display.
  3. That given the yearly transition in membership of the Union, such a display should take place annually.

Union Resolves

  1. That the Sabbatical Officer team must conduct an annual test during Freshers’ Week to determine the wetness of water.
  2. That such a test will involve the suspension of the Sabbatical Officers over a body of water in a public forum and subsequent drop into that water.
  3. That the Sabbatical Officers will deliver their verdict on whether or not “water is wet”.
  4. That the Sabbatical Officers will amend this motion no more than once a year so as to pass on their wisdom and equip the incoming Sabbatical Officers with better ability to determine the wetness of water.
  5. That as a matter of urgency we should test this before 30th June 2010.

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SUSU Events

» 14 June 2010 » In Facilities and Services, Lapsed Policy, SUSU Governance » No Comments

SUSU Events – 14 June 2010, Union Council (ReF: 0910P33)

Union notes

  1. The current issues experienced by the Venues Department relating to poor attendance by Union clubs and societies, and in turn students, to SUSU events
  2. That most union clubs, societies and JCR committees hold frequent social events at external venues throughout Southampton
  3. That profits made by SUSU events benefits students, in contrast to external venues where only management benefit
  4. That societies are given special offers and treatment at SUSU events, and on certain days are able to hire SUSU venues free of charge
  5. That many are not aware of these benefits or who to contact in order to get them
  6. That no SUSU venue has had any capital investment for four years

Union believes

  1. That SUSU venues and events offer good facilities and cater for a range of events (alcoholic or otherwise)
  2. That due to the support offered by the Union, both financially and through the provisions of facilities, clubs, societies, and JCR committees should try to give something back in return

Union resolves

  1. That it will aim to increase footfall at Union venues
  2. That all SUSU clubs, societies and JCR committees, that regularly hold social events, should organise at least one social event per academic term at a SUSU venue (excluding The Stags)
  3. That the SUSU Venues Department / CMT will produce and provide each club, society and JCR Committee, with literature about what they can offer them and who to contact
  4. That the SUSU Venues Department works closely with each group, to help arrange special offers where possible, and keep track of which socials have been held
  5. That this motion be reviewed after a year to reflect the situation of SUSU events at that time

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Part-Time Students

» 14 June 2010 » In Education and Academic, External, Lapsed Policy » No Comments

Part-Time Students- 14 June 2010, Union Council (Ref: 0910P30)

Union Notes

  1. There are currently 3,400 part time students
  2. Some part time students will work around their studies
  3. Some part time students will be distance learning students
  4. The part-time students officer currently only sits on Education Committee
  5. There are currently no specific events for part time students
  6. There is no induction to SUSU in Freshers’ week
  7. There is an induction/welcome to SUSU in Freshers’ week for Mature students and Postgraduate students
  8. The part time officer currently has no budget

Union Believes

  1. That part time students face issues that are not just concerned with their education
  2. That the part time students’ officer should represent part time students on more issues than just educational ones
  3. That if the student works, or is a distance learner, they may not be able to come to committees and attend meetings as easily
  4. That regardless of attendance at meetings part time students should be represented
  5. That due to inability to attend all meetings, part time students may have been overlooked in the Students’ Union
  6. That as a Students’ Union we should be accessible and inclusive and make sure that students are able to participate in meetings, even if they are unable to attend
  7. That we currently have little contact or interaction with part time students
  8. That an event in Freshers’ week would help introduce students to SUSU and bring them together
  9. That having a budget would allow the part time students officer to interact more with part time students

Union Resolves

  1. For the part-time students officer to be invited to sit on welfare committee
  2. To mandate the President, part-time students officer and appropriate staff to run an event in Fresher’s week for part time students and run further events throughout the year
  3. To mandate Vice President Media and Communications to look into video conferencing and other facilities to allow students unable to attend meetings to still participate
  4. To give the part time students officer a budget

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Purchasing of Recycled and Environmentally Sensitive Materials

» 14 June 2010 » In Ethical and Environmental, External » No Comments

Purchasing of Recycled and Environmentally Sensitive Materials – 12 December 2005: Ratified 14 June 2010, Union Council (Ref: 0506P11)

Union Notes

  1. The recent motion (24th October 2005) to recycle white paper within the Union
  2. The ability to reduce the negative environmental impact that the Union has by purchasing recycled or environmentally sensitive items
  3. That recycled or environmentally sensitive products are of a comparable price and quality to ‘virgin’ products

Union Believes

  1. That in recent years the Union has not done enough to minimise its negative effects on the environment
  2. That practices to ‘Close the Loop’ such as purchasing recycled paper, pencils and other stationary items, even at an individual level, have positive impacts on the environment

Union Resolves

  1. To purchase paper with at least 60% recycled content
  2. To use this recycled paper to, among other uses, print minutes and agendas for all Union meetings, after ensuring compatibility with printers/photocopiers
  3. To recycle this paper after use (unless needed for filing/ reference)
  4. To purchase for use within Union offices, and for sale within the Union shop, where economically and feasibly possible, recycled or environmentally sensitive options for all stationary and office equipment, such as rulers, pens, pencils, envelopes, folders, notebooks, post-its, marker pens and correction fluid
  5. This should include the purchasing of refillable/re-usable (rather than disposable) items where possible
  6. To look into the purchasing of environmentally sensitive cleaning products
  7. To encourage the reuse of resources in the Union, such as using ‘scrap’ paper for notes before disposal, and using internal mail envelopes rather than a new envelope each time
  8. To recycle all ink cartridges and toners where possible through facilities provided by RAG

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International Students’ Officer Executive Officer

» 14 June 2010 » In Communities, International, Lapsed Policy » No Comments

International Students’ Officer Executive Officer – 14 June 2010, Union Council (Ref: 0910P31)

Union notes

  1. The University’s and the Union’s recognition of the poor representation for international students.
  2. The increasing steps taken by the Students’ Union to support international students, including the newly formed International Students’ Working Group.
  3. The newly created International Students’ Committee (Standing Committee) in Students’ Union Standing Orders.[1]
  4. The recent University Strategy to increase the number of international students to 30% of the university population (6,750 of 22500) students, recognising a significant change in our membership.[2]
  5. The current nationwide drive to “Internationalise” Students’ Unions.[3]
  6. The Admin Officer (voluntary part-time) role of International officer.
  7. The cancellation of International Week normally coordinated by SUSU.

Union believes

  1. That international students have been under represented.
  2. That the role of international officer is wide and needs more support.
  3. That changing the role of International Students’ Officer from an Admin Officer to Executive Officer (voluntary role) would increase the profile of International Students representation.
  4. That changing the role of International Student Officer to an Executive officer would give more recognition to international students and would help ensure they are more effectively represented.
  5. The role would assist to engage, represent and provide for international students.

Union resolves

To make the International Students’ Officer role an Executive Officer role.

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Purchasing of Fairly Traded Items

» 14 June 2010 » In Ethical and Environmental, External » No Comments

Purchasing of Fairly Traded Items – 12 December 2005: Ratified 14 June 2010, Union Council (Ref: 0506P10)

Union Notes

  1. The recent efforts of PURE to increase the awareness of fair trade issues within the university and union
  2. The successful stall at the Monday Market
  3. The increased availability of fairly traded items within the Union Shop
  4. The forthcoming application to the Fairtrade Foundation to become a Fairtrade University
  5. The small premium in price for some fairly traded items
  6. That not all Union-owned cafes and catering outlets offer fair-trade tea and coffee as standard, and that some staff are not aware of its availability

Union Believes

  1. That ethical matters are important, and should be supported wherever possible
  2. That the Union should pre-empt the status of Fairtrade University to promote and expand the good work that has been achieved

Union Resolves

  1. To ensure that fairly traded tea, coffee, fruit juice and hot chocolate are the default options in all Union-owned cafes and catering outlets, including both instant and fresh coffee where facilities exist
  2. To look into providing facilities, such as coffee machines, where facilities do not exist
  3. To encourage all non-Union-owned cafes and catering outlets to do the same, such as Boldrewood and Lattes
  4. To increase the awareness amongst staff and students of available fair-trade items        within all Union-owned cafes and catering outlets, and of the Fairtrade University Status, when achieved

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Russell Group Proposals for Student Loans

» 14 June 2010 » In External, HE Funding and Student Financial Support, Lapsed Policy » No Comments

Russell Group Proposals for Student Loans – 14 June 2010, Union Council (Ref: 0910P29)

Union Notes

  1. That undergraduate students are required to pay top up fees
  2. That UK undergraduate students are given a student loan, whereby fees are only paid back when they are earning over £15,000 a year
  3. The current Browne review of Higher Education funding
  4. The proposals by the Russell Group of Universities for students to pay back their student loans earlier and at higher interest rates
  5. That the proposals of the Russell group were due to concerns about inadequate funding for universities
  6. That current interest rates on student loans are linked to the rate of inflation
  7. That original ‘mortgage style’ loans were repayable in a fixed term of 5 years and that students were not required to pay back these loans until their salaries reached a high level and that this rose every year according to the cost of living
  8. That original ‘mortgage style’ loans mean that students were not paying back loans, and may still not be
  9. That in 1999, the system of loans changed to the 9% above a salary of approximately £10,000.
  10. The introduction of variable tuition fees in 2006
  11. That in 2006, the salary level upon which fees would be required to be paid back was raised to £15,000

Union Believes

  1. That university education should  be open and  accessible to all, regardless of cost and that the Russell group proposals have the potential to discourage those from lower income backgrounds from coming to university
  2. The intention behind the current system of fee repayments is to allow students the time to move up the career ladder before they have to start paying off the student loan
  3. That higher interest rates or requirements to pay off a student loan earlier would not give students time to move up the career ladder but would place a heavy burden on students to find any job, simply to pay off their interest
  4. That students should not be used as an easy way to find funding
  5. That original ‘mortgage style’ loans were great for students and allows them to find a better job before having to pay off their loan
  6. That the current loans system means that graduates on low salaries may struggle to make repayments
  7. That the current loans system means that graduates on low salaries who may find it difficult to afford the cost of living on such salaries, are levied with having to start paying another debt they find unable to pay off
  8. That the interest rates placed upon such loans makes the loans even more difficult to pay off and that some graduates will find it difficult to pay off the interest alone
  9. That the level of salary upon which graduates would have to pay their loans back was raised in 2006 due to recognition that the current level was too low, and that students would be deterred from coming if the previous level of salary was used
  10. That if the interest rates were to be raised, or the level of salary dropped to lower than £15,000 before repayments, this would deter students from coming to university, particularly those from a lower income background
  11. That if graduates were required to pay higher interest or pay back earlier due to a lower salary, that this would call into question the real benefit of coming to university, as you would not be given the opportunity to move up the career ladder before you were having to pay off large debts

 

Union Resolves:

  1. To oppose Russell Group proposals for student loans
  2. To oppose any proposals to raise interest rates on student loans or to move to the interest rates away from the rate of inflation
  3. To oppose any proposals to lower the level of salary before the requirement to pay back the student loan
  4. To mandate the President to speak to local MPs and ask them to support our opposition
  5. To mandate the President to pressure the University and Vice Chancellor to support students and oppose the Russell Group proposals
  6. To pressure the University to ensure fair and equal access for all students based on ability, regardless of developments in the political sphere to higher education funding

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Water

» 14 June 2010 » In Ethical and Environmental, External » No Comments

Water – 19 June 2006: Ratified 14 June 2010, Union Council (Ref: 0506P29)

Union Notes

  1. Guidelines from Thames Water recommend that large offices with catering should use no more than 1,826gal per person each year if they are making efficient use of water
  2. That hose pipe bans have been in effect throughout the South East of England for a number of years and that this is likely to continue. These bans represent an effort to reduce water usage in an effort to prevent water shortages
  3. That for many students their term time accommodation is the first time that they have lived and managed a home and as such are largely unaware of issues such as energy saving and water usage
  4. That any reduction in water usage would represent a saving not only financially but also environmentally
  5. That the UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (hereafter DEFRA) recommendations on Water Usage policy state that organisations:
    1. report on their performance to demonstrate to all stakeholders that theirs is a well-run,     environmentally responsible organisation
    2. measure their water usage
    3. review water costs, use and discharges and detect possible leaks
    4. set targets to reduce their water and wastewater usage
    5. achieve savings and improve performance and competitiveness
    6. That DEFRA has shown that inappropriate use of water can cost an organisation as       much as 1-2% of its turnover and at sites where there have been no previous attempts to save water, savings of up to 20% are usually achievable at little or no cost

Union Believes

  1. That as a good corporate citizen it has a duty to reduce its water usage. That as part of an environmental impact assessment such reporting of water usage will increase stakeholder confidence that the Union is a well-run and environmentally responsible organisation
  2. That water consumption reduction represents not only a more sustainable but also a more cost effective solution to water shortages
  3. That increasing water usage efficiency at home will deliver real cost of living savings for students

Union Resolves

  1. To advertise the grant schemes (for homeowners) and free products (for those in rented accommodation and homeowners) available from local water companies to reduce water consumption at home
  2. To work with the Estates and Building Management Department of the university to monitor, report on and reduce its water usage
  3. To advertise methods that students can utilise both at home and at University to reduce personal water usage

 

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Participation in Union Council

» 13 June 2010 » In Democracy, Lapsed Policy, SUSU Governance » No Comments

Participation in Union Council- 11 June 2007, Ratified 13 June 2011, Union Council (Ref: 0607P20)

Union Believes

  1. That creating a mailing list that any student can join which informs one of Union Council meeting times, positions available and selected news would be good for getting students to participate in council
  2. That advertising Union Council positions to all clubs and societies would encourage more diverse participation
  3. That the Senate Room is a little difficult to find for people who’ve never been there before

Union Resolves

  1. To create a mailing list, which any student can join through susu.org or through sending an email, which will inform students of Council meeting times, positions available and selected news
  2. Encourage all societies and sports clubs to inform all their members of positions available at Union Council and how to stand for them
  3. List the time and place of Union Council meetings on susu.org (as and when they are confirmed) with a little map and guide to get to council
  4. To run a stand at the Bunfight run by Chair of Council and staffed by other volunteers from Council to distribute Union Council publicity and sign people up to the mailing list

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