Supporting the Military Education Committee (MEC) in Future Event Planning and Promotion – 13 June 2011, Union Council (Ref: 1011P18)
- Southampton University maintains four student military organisations and is one of only two UK Universities with all four such organisations (SUOTC, SURNU, SUAS, DTUS).
- These organisations accept members from all five local Universities (Southampton, Southampton Solent, Bournemouth, Winchester and Portsmouth).
- Upon joining one of these organisations (with the exception of DTUS) there is no obligation to join the armed forces upon graduation.
- As of December 2010, this represents 444 students from all five universities, 302 of whom are University of Southampton students/SUSU members (68.2% of total).
- Southampton University’s stated aim is to promote “Awareness of social, civic and environmental responsibilities” as part of one of its graduate attributes.
- The Southampton Military Education Committee (MEC); as an open forum for the organisations and the universities, cannot publicise its own events to the wider student body.
- Current SUSU policy states that the union is opposed to engaging with Arms Companies, yet SUSU still promotes University Career Destinations’ events to which these companies attend.
- Publicising MEC events to students will be beneficial to the student body and will encourage debate on national issues.
- Publicising MEC events would heighten the profile of the university military organisations within the student body.
- Improving access to MEC Events will help the university fulfil its obligations under its own graduate attributes.
- SUSU may be opposed to military actions undertaken by the UK, but this should not prevent SUSU helping to fulfil the civilian “side” of the military covenant.
- SUSU will undertake to help publicise events organised by the MEC through either the Academic Affairs Sabbatical/SUSU MEC Representative in consultation with the University.
- SUSU will not directly fund such events other than through in-house publicity (posters/website advertisements) so as to prevent a conflict of interest with current arms trade policy.
 Including one student from another outside institution not named within the MEC unit numbers document.
 From 20/01/2011 MEC Item 4 – Unit Numbers Document.
 Ben Brooks’ MEC Report to the SUSU Education Committee 15/02/2011
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