Union Senate: an update on Full-Time Officer progress

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Earlier this month, we had our first Senate meeting of the academic year.  One of the main purposes of the Senate is to hold the Sabbatical Officers to account. At each of the meeting, our officers give an update on their plan and students can ask questions about progress.

Union Senate also monitors the work of our Zone Committees, Union Officers and Trustee Board, check considerable expenditure by the Students’ Union and takes decisions on major Union issues. These meetings are open to everyone – any student can speak at and take part in Senate meetings, but only the members of Senate (Full-Time Officers, representatives from each Zone and Union Senators) can vote.

Below are the current Full-Time Officer plans and reports, and some key updates from each Officer during the Senate meeting on 07 December 2017:

Flora Noble, Union President
See Plan & Report

  • We saw high satisfaction rates for Freshers’ events (88% satisfaction)
  • The University is now responding to every You Make Change put forward by the Union

Sam Dedman, VP Education
See Plan & Report

  • Over 430 new Academic Reps were elected this semester
  • A page in the University’s TEF submission will be dedicated to the work we do as a Students’ Union
  • The Free Printing project is still in progress, but with significant developments

Steve Gore, VP Sports
See Plan & Report

  • A review of sports equipment storage will be carried out
  • Collaborating with Sam Higman, VP Welfare, on a Welfare in Sports campaign
  • Block booking opportunities for our AU clubs has increased

Arun Aggarwal, VP Student Communities
Plan & Report

  • Promotion of blinds in all meeting rooms, making them breastfeeding-friendly
  • Looking into more pop-up stalls
  • Looking into WSA students painting the tunnel between our two buildings (B40 and B42)

Evie Reilly, VP Democracy and Creative Industries
Plan & Report

  • We have now launched an All Student Vote on the University restructure and VC pay
  •  Reviewing how to confirm money granted to societies is being used appropriately

Sam Higman, VP Welfare
Plan & Report

  • Gender neutral toilets will soon be installed in the Union
  • We will change from plastic to paper straws in efforts to become more sustainable
  • Tofurkey and vegan cheese will soon launch in The Shop

Dan Varley, VP Engagement
Plan & Report

  • Halls Committee recently approved a £35,000 spend to improve common rooms

Please note that the plans put forward by Dan Varley will now be picked up by the Full-Time Officer team.

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