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					   Standing
Policies of The
   Students’
  Association
Due To Lapse
At The End of
 2009/10 Year


      Page 1 of 17
Policies Due to Lapse 2009/10



Policies Passed in 1999/00 and Retained in April 2005 ........ 3
ANONYMOUS MARKING AND ASSESSMENT .................................................... 3
STUDENT HARDSHIP ................................................................................... 4




Policies Passed in 2004/05 .................................................. 5
ELECTION PUBLICITY................................................................................... 5
EXECUTIVE HANDOVER ................................................................................ 6
HEATING IN HALLS ..................................................................................... 7
IDENTIFICATION, PUBLICATION AND CIRCULATION OF S.R.C. MEMBERS .......... 8
LIBRARY FACILITIES .................................................................................... 9
NUS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE................................................................. 11
SRC RESERVE FUNDS ................................................................................ 12
STUDENT LOAN PAYMENT .......................................................................... 13
STUDENT RAILCARDS ................................................................................ 14
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES RESOURCES AND MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN 15
THE NATIONAL POSTGRADUATE COMMITTEE................................................ 16
UNION TO SPONSOR SPORTS UNION CLUBS ................................................ 17




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Policies Passed in 1999/00 and Retained in
April 2005

ANONYMOUS MARKING AND ASSESSMENT

3RD Statutory Meeting of Council, Monday 6th December 1999

COUNCIL NOTES:

   1. The system of anonymous marking and assessment, whereby candidates'
      examinations sheets and course work is identified with a number rather than their
      name, reduced the chances of discrimination against women students, lesbian, gay
      and bisexual students, black students and other groups of students;
   2. Research has shown that in institutions where anonymous marking and assessment
      has been used the mark of those usually discriminated against improved;
   3. The teaching unions are sympathetic towards this system.

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

   1. We have to campaign actively on all manifestations of discrimination - the introduction
      of anonymous marking and assessment is part of this campaign;
   2. Anonymous marking and assessment should be introduced as widely as possible to
      all departments and faculties.

COUNCIL INSTRUCTS THE EXECUTIVE:

   1. To ensure that Strathclyde Students are aware of the system of anonymous
      marking and assessment and realise that discrimination in marking can affect
      everyone - this awareness can be achieved through a campaign using
      leaflets, articles, posters and meetings;
   2. Lobby individual departments about the advantages of anonymous marking
      and assessment to persuade them to change to this system;
   3. Involve students through Staff-Student Committees where class reps. can
      discuss this system with members of their faculty;
   4. Lobby the University to introduce anonymous marking and assessment as
      part of the equal opportunities policy;
   5. To campaign for anonymous marking and assessment as part of a wider
      campaign for equality in education and an end to discrimination against
      students on the grounds of gender, sexuality, ethnic background etc.;
   6. To work with NUS Scotland and NUS UK on this issue as it is their 'Access
      and Equality Education Priority Campaign - Anonymous Marking'




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STUDENT HARDSHIP
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2 Statutory Meeting, Monday 15 November 1999

THIS SRC NOTES:

1.    The Cubie Inquiry into student finance in Scotland.
2.    The increasing hardship experienced by Strathclyde Students.
3.    The increasing commitments of students to term-time work.
4.    Current Government system relating to student finance.
5.    NUS Scotland continuing to campaign to relieve student hardship.

THIS SRC BELIEVES:

1.    The Cubie Inquiry represents an opportunity to address the financial hardship which
      many students experience.
2.    The current Government funding system fails to address the increasing levels of
      financial hardship experienced by students.
3.    Education is the key to opportunity. The current system is a barrier to this
      opportunity.
4.    Term-time work commitments severely effect the ability of students to fulfil their
      potential.

THIS SRC INSTRUCTS:

1.    The student executive to campaign for the abolition of tuition fees.
2.    The student executive to campaign for reinstatement of the maintenance grant for
      those who need it most.
3.    The student executive to campaign for an end to student hardship.
4.    The student executive to campaign for widening access to further and higher
      education.
5.    The student executive to lobby the Independent Committee of Inquiry into student
      finance, to ensure that the SRC instructs 1 through 4 are achieved.




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Policies Passed in 2004/05


ELECTION PUBLICITY
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7 Statutory Meeting of Council 25 April 2005

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1. The Students’ Association currently produces election materials for candidates in
         standing in its elections.
      2. That such posters must comply with the Union’s Equal Opportunities Policy.
      3. Election posters are put up all around the University.
      4. The University has its own Equal Opportunities Policy
      5. The University’s Senior Personnel and Equal Opportunities Officer at Jordanhill has
         written to the President stating that one election poster this year did not conform to
         the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. If university staff or students are offended by a poster, they are more likely to pull it
         down, and in the case of students, less likely to vote in the elections.
      2. The Students’ Association should be seeking to include as many students as
         possible, and therefore avoid offending its members wherever possible.
      3. Posters in breach of the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy reflect badly on the
         Students’ Association and can damage our reputation with the University.
      4. The Students’ Association should continue to strive to maintain a good working
         relationship with the University.
      5. It is inappropriate for the Returning Officer to consult with the Association’s Equal
         Opportunities Officer, due to the potential for them to be involved in the elections in
         some way.

COUNCIL RESOLVES:

      1. Where there is any dubiety over the offensiveness or otherwise of a candidate’s
         poster or leaflet, the Returning Officer should consult with the University’s Equal
         Opportunities Policy before approving the election publicity.
      2. Materials should be disposed after the elections.




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EXECUTIVE HANDOVER
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4 Statutory Meeting of Council 31 January 2005

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. That a good Handover:
            a. Enables planning for the long-term.
            b. Makes sure new Executive can ‘hit the ground running’ without having to
                 rebuild everything every year.
            c. Warns new Executive of the likely pitfalls and dangers.
            d. Provides the knowledge, skills, training and contacts new Officers need.

      2. That a bad Handover can lead to:
            a. New Officers not knowing how things worked.
            b. New Officers not knowing who they have to work with and where to find
                 them.
            c. Delayed or limited access to financial information, mailing lists, equipment
                 stores, and websites.
            d. The possible break-down of communication through lack of organisation.

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1. Current and past Executive Officers at Strathclyde have received little or no
         Handover.
      2. Most well-developed Students’ Associations have a formal Handover process.

COUNCIL INSTRUCTS:

      1. The current Executive Officers to Handover to the incoming Executive.
      2. Executive Officers to prepare a Handover Pack for their successors every year, with a
         copy of this pack being retained centrally.
      3. The out-going Sabbatical Officers to select a suitable week following Elections to
         complete the Handover.
      4. The incoming Sabbatical Officers to be contracted to attend.
      5. The Executive to make appropriate constitutional and contractual changes to allow
         Council Instructs 3 and 4.
      6. The Executive to facilitate a formal handover process for non-Sabbatical Executive
         Officers.




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HEATING IN HALLS
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1 Statutory Meeting of Council 1 November 2004

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1. Some heaters in the halls of residence are not functioning.
      2. Several complaints have being made to the accommodation staff, but the heaters
         have not yet being fixed.

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. Heating should be provided for all the residents of the halls
      2. Maintenance of hall equipments and facilities should be carried out as and at when
         due

COUNCIL RESOLVES:

      1. The President and the Halls Committee to lobby the accommodation services to fix
         the affected heaters speedily, bearing in mind that winter is around the corner.




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IDENTIFICATION, PUBLICATION AND CIRCULATION OF S.R.C.
MEMBERS
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7 Statutory Meeting of Council 25 April 2005

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1.   That University of Strathclyde is an International Institution
      2.   The USSA is comprised of International students
      3.   S.R.C. membership reflects international character
      4.   It is not easy to identify S.R.C. members with their names and responsibilities

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. That Names of S.R.C. Members with their photographs should be published and
         circulated to the members
      2. This will enhance identification and interaction amongst the members anywhere
      3. Foster spirit of comradeship and proper integration.

COUNCIL RESOLVES:

      1. That the USSA through the Deputy President liaise with the Communication and
         Marketing Policy Group to publish (including on the website) and circulate the names
         and photographs of all SRC Members to the SRC members and their constituents.




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LIBRARY FACILITIES
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4 Statutory Meeting of Council 31 January 2005

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1. Many students are unhappy with the services currently provided in the libraries.
      2. Students cannot currently consume water in the libraries.
      3. There is a shortage of many key undergraduate textbooks in the libraries, making it
          difficult for students to access key texts at important stages of their courses,
          particularly around the time when there is an assignment due.
      4. Many students currently eat and drink in the libraries, despite the regulations
          forbidding this.
      5. The University have agreed to allow students to use the Orbit refectory after its
          closed to consume food and use the vending machines. This promise is yet to come
          to fruition.
      6. A recent Times Higher Education Supplement survey suggests that Strathclyde’s
          Library is poorly funded in relation to other pre-1992 Universities.
      7. The University’s proposal to relocate the Law school in the Stenhouse building as
          part of the creation of the Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences.
      8. The University’s proposal to close the law library in the Stenhouse and absorb it into
          the Andersonian library.
      9. That if the law library is relocated to the Andersonian, the staff will become staff for
          the Andersonian library and less time will be dedicated to law.
      10. The value of some of the law books and the materials kept behind the desk in the law
          library specifically for certain subjects which require constant staff attention.
      11. The difference in opening hours between the law library and the Andersonian Library.
      12. The huge volume of material in the law library as it stands.

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. The library is a key resource for all Strathclyde students.
      2. If this resource is poorly funded or poorly resourced, the students at the University
         suffer.
      3. It is unreasonable to expect students to work effectively while not being able to
         consume water.
      4. It has been scientifically proven that taking on water whilst studying improves
         performance.
      5. It would be desirable if there were an eating and drinking area, or common room of
         some description available for students to use in the Curran building.
      6. That the law library exists because of the rapidly developing nature of the subject.
      7. The need for staff to constantly update reference materials in this subject is
         important.
      8. That relocating the law library into the Andersonian library will be difficult in terms of
         space and student access.

COUNCIL RESOLVES:

      1. The Executive to lobby the University to improve its funding of the Libraries at both
         campuses.
      2. The Executive to continue to lobby the Library to allow students to consume bottled
         water in the Libraries.
      3. The President to write to the University, seeking assurances and requesting that the
         appropriate adjustments be made to the Orbit Refectory (to allow students in after
         closing) as soon as is possible.
      4. The President to lobby the University requesting that provision be made for an eating
         and drinking area in the Curran building.

COUNCIL INSTRUCTS:


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1. The President to outline these concerns to the Head of the LASS Faculty and the
   head of the law school to determine whether these factors have been taken into
   consideration.
2. To advise the University that the students of Strathclyde are concerned about these
   proposed changes and are opposed to the law library being closed.
3. To run a campaign if necessary and lobby University staff to prevent this closure from
   occurring.
4. If facilities do not improve for students by the May exam diet when the library
   operates its 24 hour opening, the due course of action would be to hold a
   demonstration within the library building.




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NUS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE
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7 Statutory Meeting of Council 25 April 2005

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1. Strathclyde’s delegation to NUS Scotland and NUS UK Conferences is elected by a
         cross-campus ballot.
      2. On occasion, delegates have failed to attend conferences after being elected, and
         without giving sufficient notice to free their place for someone else.
      3. Votes at NUS Conferences can be very close despite the huge number of delegates
         – this year’s National President was elected with a margin of only two votes.
      4. Putting up delegates for the duration of a conference is very expensive.
      5. Delegates who fail to show up deny other students of the opportunity to attend and
         represent their students.
      6. Strathclyde’s affiliation fee to NUS is currently £50,000 per annum.

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. That being elected to represent the students of the University of Strathclyde at NUS
         Conferences is a privilege
      2. As many students as possible should be encouraged to run for the positions on our
         delegation.
      3. It is important that Strathclyde inputs into NUS policy in order to represent our
         students more effectively.
      4. Delegates who fail to turn up inhibit our ability to influence the NUS by depriving us of
         a vote.
      5. They also decrease the representation our students have at these conferences.

COUNCIL RESOLVES:

      1. Reaffirm that any delegates who cannot attend the whole of conference should step
         aside to allow a student who can to take their place. This should be done at least
         seven days before conference, but as soon as possible.
      2. Delegates who pull out without good reason after that, or simply fail to show up
         should be forbidden from running for NUS Conferences in the future.
      3. If there is any doubt over the validity of a delegate’s reason for non-attendance, the
         ruling on further participation in NUS Conferences should be made by the Returning
         Officer.




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SRC RESERVE FUNDS
 th                                  th
7 Statutory Meeting of Council 25 April 2005

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1. Some SRC groups receive funds from outside sources
      2. For 2005/06 groups who receive funds from outside sources have been given smaller
         budgets
      3. Any excess funds in SRC groups accounts is zeroed at the end of each financial
         year
      4. Clubs and Societies and the Sports Union receive funds from outside sources but
         have reserve funds, effectively saving excess funds to be carried forwards

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. That the SRC groups should be treated equally to Clubs and Societies and the Sports
         Union
      2. That SRC groups should not be punished for raising additional income

COUNCIL INSTRUCTS:

      1. The Association to provide the facility for reserve funds for all groups who receive
         funds from outside sources
      2. The VPSD to work with the Finance Department to set up ground rules for these
         accounts
      3. These account to be in place for the 2004/05 financial year end




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STUDENT LOAN PAYMENT
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1 Statutory Meeting of Council 1 November 2004

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1. Students currently receive loan payments in three roughly equal instalments.
      2. The system is such to correspond to the old-style three term academic year.
      3. The University of Strathclyde currently operates a semesterised system – two
         semesters of equal length, and has done so for a number of years.
      4. Many students struggle financially, and rely heavily on student loans.
      5. Different payment arrangements have already been made for individual institutions,
         notably the Universities of Stirling and Dundee.
      6. The Coalition of Higher Education Students Scotland (CHESS) and the National
         Union of Students (NUS) in Scotland are already campaigning for a revised system.
      7. The President has received the offer of support for this campaign from the
         University’s student services department.

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. The current payment system is outdated and does not adequately meet the needs of
         today’s students.
      2. The payment dates do not reflect the times when students need the money most.
      3. Ideally, students should be able to choose how many instalments they receive their
         loan in, and within reason, when they receive them.
      4. That the payment dates of student loans should be amended to meet the needs of all
         Strathclyde students more effectively – a flexible payment system should be put in
         place.
      5. There should be appropriate guidance and safeguards in place to assist student
         budgeting.
      6. That the Scottish Executive, the Department for Education and Skills, the Students
         Awards Agency Scotland and Student Loans Company should work to ensure the
         implementation of a flexible payment system as soon as is reasonably possible.
      7. Even if flexible payments are not possible in the short-term, at the very least, students
         at semesterised institutions should have their payment dates altered for 2005-06.

COUNCIL RESOLVES:

      1. To support the campaign for a flexible payment system for student loan instalments,
         led by CHESS and NUS.
      2. The President to write to our local MSP expressing USSA’s wishes on this matter,
         and any of the other decision-making bodies, as deemed appropriate throughout the
         duration of the campaign.
      3. The President to pass the motion on to the Association of Managers of Student
         Services in Higher Education, and write to them to seek their support on the matter.




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STUDENT RAILCARDS
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5 Statutory Meeting of Council 7 March 2005

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1. Many students use trains to travel to and from University
      2. Students who purchase student rail cards are unable to benefit from a discount on rail
         travel before 10 am
      3. Students often have commitments which require them to be at University before 10
         am

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. Students should be encouraged to use rail services to travel to and from University
         since it reduces pollution and city traffic congestion (compared to driving)
      2. More students would use rail services and purchase rail cards if they could be used at
         peak times
      3. Students should not be penalised for travelling on rail services at peak times by being
         unable to use their student railcard for discounted tickets since University
         commitments often make travelling at peak times essential

COUNCIL INSTRUCTS:

      1. The President to work with NUS to lobby the relevant bodies expressing the above
         beliefs and requesting that the existing restrictions on student railcard use be
         removed




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STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES RESOURCES AND MENTAL
HEALTH CAMPAIGN
 rd                                  th
3 Statutory Meeting of Council 13 December 2005

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1.   The association has a vacancy for a disabled students officer
      2.   That there are nearly 1000 disabled students at Strathclyde
      3.   That student retention amongst disabled students is quite low
      4.   SWD is the only liberation group not to have its own room and resources within the
           association (eg Women’s room, LGB room, MSA room)
      5.   That the funding for SWD is limited compared to other liberation groups
      6.   That students with mental health problems are more at risk of becoming unwell if the
           social support is not there for them
      7.   The University is currently creating a mental health policy and is in talks with NHS
           Scotland about treating students with mental health problems seriously and providing
           increased support for them
      8.   There has never been a Union campaign about mental health awareness and the
           stigma surrounding it

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. That the Union has a responsibility to represent and support these students
      2. That without appropriate resources, space and funding that this cannot happen
         effectively
      3. That the SWD campaign has never been at the forefront of the Union agenda
      4. That with a room of its own, an SWD officer could be recruited more easily
      5. With a room, a disabled students group would be easier to set up and be active
      6. That creating a space for disabled students would be a positive step to ensuring that
         the Union is fully representative of all its students
      7. That disabled students need a place to be together and share their problems, in order
         to feel less isolated
      8. That the Union has a responsibility to take the lead in the fight against the stigma
         faced by students with mental health problems
      9. That if the Union helps to create an active support network for disabled students
         through finding a room and resources, then in turn the increased social support could
         battle against the student retention problem

COUNCIL INSTRUCTS:

      1. For the President, VP Advice and Support, Equal Opportunities Officer and SWD
         officer to work (if needed, with the University) to find a permanent, accessible social
         space for the disabled students campaign within the Association premises or the
         University campus by the last SRC
      2. For the President, VP Advice and Support, Equal Opportunities Officer and SWD
         Officer to report back at the latest to the last SRC with their findings

      3. For the VPAS, EOO, SWD officer to encourage an active campaign by the second
         semester
      4. For the VPFCS to look at increased funding for the SWD campaign with a view to
         supporting a room and an active campaign in the following academic year
      5. The VPAS, EOO, President and SWD officer to work with the University on their
         mental health policy
      6. For the Executive and SWD officer to run a mental health awareness campaign by
         the end of the second semester.




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THE NATIONAL POSTGRADUATE COMMITTEE
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1 Statutory Meeting of Council 1 November 2004

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1. The University of Strathclyde currently has 2715 full time postgraduate students.
      2. This figure represents 20% of the full-time student population.
      3. This is an unusually high percentage, when compared to other universities in the
         country.
      4. That numbers of postgraduate students engaging in the activities of this Association
         are relatively low.
      5. The National Postgraduate Committee (NPC) is a body which exists purely to
         represent the views and needs of postgraduate students, much like the NUS does for
         students in general, but with a more specific remit.
      6. Even with Strathclyde’s high numbers of postgraduate students, affiliation to the NPC
         would be relatively small, especially considering the volume of work the NPC does –
         around £900.

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. It is desirable to engage more postgraduate students in the University of Strathclyde
         Students’ Association (USSA).
      2. USSA exists for all students, and it is important we cater for the needs of these
         students.
      3. The low levels of postgraduate involvement suggest that USSA does not currently
         effectively meet the needs of postgraduate students.
      4. If USSA does not start providing for postgraduates more effectively, and engaging
         them in its activities, a portion of its funding may come under threat.
      5. One way in which USSA can better meet the needs of postgraduate students, is to
         affiliate to the body that represents them – the National Postgraduate Committee.

COUNCIL RESOLVES:

      1. The University of Strathclyde Students’ Association to affiliate to the National
         Postgraduate Committee for this academic year, and for every academic year in the
         future until it is decided otherwise.
      2. The Executive Committee to work to ensure that USSA meets the needs and wants
         of postgraduate students more effectively.




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UNION TO SPONSOR SPORTS UNION CLUBS
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4 Statutory Meeting of Council 31 January 2005

COUNCIL NOTES:

      1. That the Sports Union is the largest membership service in the students’ association.
      2. The majority of the Sports Union clubs are currently sponsored by outside clubs and
         pubs.
      3. Sports Union clubs are amongst the most active social groups in Glasgow.
      4. Sports Union clubs spend significant amounts of money in other licensed promises.

COUNCIL BELIEVES:

      1. That the Union would benefit commercially form sponsoring Sports Union clubs.
      2. That the Union would be a lot busier as a result of sponsoring Sports Union clubs,
         particularly on a Wednesday and Saturday.

COUNCIL RESOLVES:

      1. That, wherever possible, the Union should look to offer the same package to the
         Sports Union clubs that they can attain elsewhere.
      2. That the Union must seek to sponsor Union clubs, where it would be beneficial to
         both the Union and the Club.




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