Hi! My name’s David and I’m a blogaholic
So… After getting proposed at Union Council last year, going through several open consultation sessions over the Summer, coming back to the last Union Council and being a regular part of my dreams / nightmares… here’s the low-down on the Standing Committee Review that’s coming to Union Council on 3rd December.
So you can read the policy that’s coming to council, here, or look at the image below and I’ll “talk” you through it:
So we have three main things to consider:
1) Rather than just having a number of committees that sit beneath Union Council in a long line, we’ve created ‘zones’ to split them up – so we can still represent all the many things that SUSU does, but without overloading Council with reports! It also means that different student groups and committees can work together better because they’ll be meeting together within their zones.
2) Rather than just having a one-size fits all approach to our committees, we’ve split them up into two – policy zones and activity zones. 3 zones are on the left-hand-side because they are mainly there to set policy and values that ALL the committees of the Union can live by e.g. Ethical and Environmental committee making sure that the whole Union is being ethical in its activity / International committee making sure that all the activity zones are inclusive for International students. 5 zones are on the right-hand-side because they do a certain activity, and so can make real and direct change for students. However, it isn’t a complete split – policy zones can still run events (activities) and activity zones can still set policy (it’s just more likely to be policy about their specific zone).
3) We should put the ‘small bubbles’ together based on what they do; rather than just where they fit now. This means that we have a few different groupings than we do at the moment:
- A Student Communities zone is formed based around cohorts of students that are pre-determined i.e. once you get here, you’re either in them or you’re not – you can’t choose to be an international student. This would include Sites, and also, interestingly, JCRs – here’s the thinking: JCRs are here to represent a group of students, they are not here to do a certain activity. Hence why they fit within this policy zone, rather than an activity zone (e.g. student engagement).
- Societies are supported based around what they do, rather than being lumped together in one place. International and cultural societies would be represented and supported within the Student Communities zone… Sports societies would be supported within the Sports Development zone. However, there would still be a central place that supports societies in terms of their affiliations, constitutions and elections, and this would sit within the democracy zone (because all that stuff already happens there on a SUSU-wide scale). This means that there is still a central place for our student groups, which can now run better, but also that societies get to be part of the relevant conversations around SUSU, rather than just having to hear what other societies are doing.
- Union Films, Performing Arts, Media Departments and music, arts and media societies would come together to form a ‘Creative Industries’ Zone. These groups, do 2 things that are the same… Not only are they fun activities to get involved with, which are enriching for students… but they also produce content for the entire student body. SUSUtv don’t just get students involved in making television, they also create shows that any student can watch; like Performing Arts who put on their shows; like Union Films, who don’t just give students a chance to run a cinema, but also give students a chance to come and watch films right here in SUSU.
If you have any thoughts about the review so far, then you can either comment them below and/OR come along to an open session that we’re running this Thursday at Meeting Room 2 at 12pm!
P.S. for those of you who are wondering – I asked what I should call this blog on Facebook, and this was the most popular choice…