David Gilani

Let’s make some BIG changes!

In February, all of your current Sabbatical Officers, myself included, published what we call our ‘manifestos’ (in fact, all the candidates did).

In these documents there are dozens of promises and ethoses about how we are going to help shape SUSU for the better over the next 11 months. You can view the manifestos of all the candidates in last year’s elections; HOWEVER, it’s not quite as simple as that.


Since February lots of decisions and other promises have been made. These include things like the Standing Committee Structure Review (a policy passed at Union Council) and, of course, the motion that was passed at the AGM to have an NUS Affiliation Referendum this year.


On top of that, SUSU has its own Union Plan. This 5-year plan is helping to give structure to the actions that your Union carries out, to make sure that we see the bigger picture and can make the biggest change.


With all these things in mind, the new Sabbatical team are forming their biggest plans for the year that shall be created from what we’ve promised in our manifestos, the decisions from the student body since then, and constructing these around our Union Plan. These Sabbatical Plans shall be taken to the first Union Council of the year, so you can know what to expect from the year ahead. So… what should be in those plans?


What would be the biggest change you’d like to see happen over the next year? Think big! Also, do you think that Sabbaticals should have to complete their entire manifesto from elections week during their year in office?


Pop your thoughts below! Thanks

David G

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4 Comments on "Let’s make some BIG changes!"

  1. David
    31/07/2012 at 6:15 pm Permalink

    cheese on toast available in susu cafe

  2. David
    01/08/2012 at 12:10 am Permalink

    haha well… that’s a start, Emile. Nothing bigger you’d like to see changed?

  3. David
    03/08/2012 at 9:53 am Permalink

    As someone who voted “no” to the NUS in 2010.. I will be doing so again. Why the need for a referendum again so soon? Sorry for the cynicism, but if a “no” is again returned will it become a yearly event until people just give up and say yes?

  4. David
    04/08/2012 at 1:20 am Permalink

    Hey Tom, thanks for the comment.

    Well, in brief, there are a few reasons for it… Such as, a lot changing in the nature of SUSU and how we are structured since the last referendum; changes to how the NUS has changed since then; comments about the nature of the referendum last time and how we provided our students in with impartial information to learn more about the discussion (you can find a lot more detail in the policy which was passed at our Annual General Meeting in Mat, which is how we are now having the referendum – http://blogs.susu.org/policy/2012/05/02/referendum-on-nus-affiliation/#content).

    These are all reasons to ask the question again, but not necessarily reasons to either vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ at the referendum.

    In that motion at the AGM, it was noted that if we DO vote yes, then we’ll ask the question again within 3 years, but it mentions nothing about if we say ‘no’. It shall depend on what students want next year… I hope that answers your questions.

    Thanks again.

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