Union Council 1 – The Decisions Made
On Monday the first Union Council of the year was held at the Cube in the Union building.
There were 4 policies up for debate and 2 decisions that were asked to be made.
Support for the 9th November National Demo On Tuition Fees
There had been some calls by students for SUSU to support this protest and hence abiding by Policy, President Sam Ling asked permission of Union Council to support this demonstration.
Union Council voted overwhelmingly to support the demonstration.
Sam is now leading on the planning of transportation for the day.
Constitutionally each year Union Council is required to approve the financial schedule. This is essentially the rules that govern how the unions money and financial resources are spent. It is in place to ensure that money is not misspent and is standard practise in many organisations and charities. Any amount greater then that covered by the schedule must be approved by Union Council.
Union Council approved the financial schedule.
This motion proposed changing the working of Union Council as per the Union Council review which took place between the sabbaticals and student leaders throughout the summer and start of term. This would see council split into an informal discussion stage of any students ideas, a checking stage where officers would be questioned on their work and a formal policy proposal stage where Union Policy would be agreed by council.
The motion was proposed by myself and Sam Ling, Union President.
Motion 1 was passed by Union Council.
Following on from the resignation of Simon as Vice President Winchester & Sites, Sam proposed the splitting of the role into two part time officer roles for the upcoming by-election. This would see the role Vice President Winchester and Vice President Sites created, each on half the normal sabbatical wage.
Motion 2 was passed and will be in place in time for the upcoming by-election in November.
Alice North (union councillor) proposed that SUSU should:
“…liaise with University Accommodation Services to provide a monthly payment scheme for
any student that would wish to pay in this manner”
There was general support for the motion but some feeling that more work was needed before it becomes official union policy. A procedural motion was called to refer the motion to welfare committee.
Motion 3 was refered to Welfare Committee
Sam Ling proposed that SUSU should award Dr Janice Rippon the title of Honorary Vice-President of the Students’ Union for her work at the University improving support for students.
Motion 4 was passed unanimously
The next, new look Union Council will be held on Monday 21st November in the Cube, all welcome.