UNION EXECUTIVE MEETING
Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday 19th October 2010 at 5.45 p.m. in
Rowan Ling Union Chair
Malcolm Hunt President
Stef Jones VP Education
Osama Salih VP Societies & Individual Development
Georgie Hancock VP Welfare
*Trung VP Sport & Recreation
Nat Harding Ethics & Environmental Officer
Becky Robinson Community Officer
Chris Whitehead Communications Officer
Sam Ratzer Events & Trading Officer
Victor Bamigboye Equality & Diversity Officer
Ang Sherpa International Students‟ Development Officer
Nick Bright Postgraduate Development Officer
(*) Indicates member not present
Alan Roy Membership Services Director
1. APOLOGIES OF ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Trung.
2. MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
A correction was made for the Events & Trading Officer‟s report under „Any
other Business‟. The sentence should now read “Rate your Rubix will be on
every Wednesday and Friday geared to getting data aimed at students”.
A correction was made to the Communications Officer‟s report and should
now read “The student body want to get involved with the National Demo
A correction was made to the VP Education‟s report and should now read
“SJ suggested that the Academic Reps will be asked to represent the
students on their Professional Training Year”.
The minutes dated 15th October were signed as an accurate record of the
3. MATTERS ARISING
GH has been dealing with case work and enquiries regarding heating at
Manor Park. On 26th November there will be a “Time for Change” cake sale
working with the Student Health Care Centre. A mental health campaign is
going to be run shortly. In association with the police and university security,
an anti-social behaviour video will be made in an educational style to
highlight the effects of too much alcohol and effects on the surrounding
community. This will be shown to students instead of the spot fines. „Traid‟
– a clothing recycling charity now has bins on campus. GH will be giving a
„Brief Encounters‟ talk to university staff about the Students‟ Union. A
campaign on harassment will be run along with VB. GH asked for more
support for the drop-in health centre at Manor Park on Wednesdays from 12
noon to 3.00 p.m.
POSTGRADUATE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Tryouts for University Challenge will take place in the Committee Room on
27th-28th October. Lisa Sweeney will produce the posters. This will be
included in the President‟s All Student e-mail.
A website is going to be produced for the Research Degrees Committee.
The Committee have proposed to change the title PGR Student to PG
Researcher (PRES Survey). Buddy/mentor will be introduced for new
postgraduates. NB will send a survey to PGR students about the name
change “Intellectual Climate”.
NB and GH are to meet with a postgraduate about the new Postgraduate
Society. They will discuss possibilities of restarting a Postgraduate
PRES Survey – this is the NSS equivalent for postgraduates. GH, SJ and
NB are to hold lunch sessions with PGRs to assess what the Students‟
Union can do to improve scores. The Research Degrees Committee has a
PRES Action Plan in place.
EQUALITY & DIVERSITY OFFICER
VB attended his first Widening Participation Committee meeting and covered
bursaries, scholarships, admissions and fees rising in 2012. Working group
has been set up to discuss the strategic placement in the widening
community. Multi-Faith Centre is still going ahead as planned. VB has been
invited by the Mayor of London to attend Africa @ 50 celebrations.
EVENTS & TRADING OFFICER
„Rate your Rubix‟ goes live on 20th October. Business cards and stamps will
be issued. Students can rate their Rubix via the facebook group. An
alternative for students not on facebook will be arranged later. This is an
independent survey with Union backing. CW added that feedback will be
moving away from facebook in due course.
5. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
The Union Chair welcomed Jamie Fletcher to the meeting.
1. National Demo / Student Parliament – Jamie Fletcher
JF informed the Union Executive of the forthcoming events. On
Thursday 21st October there will be an hour‟s talk on the Introduction to
the Demo. This will give an insight into the National Demo and give
students the opportunity to express their feelings and opinions of the
recent Higher Education Review from Lord Browne and the
Comprehensive Spending Review. Coaches to the Demo has been
organised and it was agreed that a deposit of £5.00 (refundable) will be
required from the students who have shown an interest in attending the
Consultation has taken place with Anne Milton MP to give an hour long
question and answer session on the Browne Review, Government
policy and how it will affect the students. Due to Anne Milton‟s position
in Government and time restrictions, this will take place on Friday 5th
November at 1.00 p.m. This event will be held as a debate with the
one focus of the National Demo. There will be other speakers to give
different points of view with a possible question and answer session.
Student motions relating to the Demo will be discussed which will be
followed by the normal Student Parliament. It was mentioned that the
name of Student Parliament could be changed to a more relevant title.
JF met with MAD TV who has agreed to do a 5 minutes information
video on the Browne Review and Comprehensive Spending Review to
give the key facts to students. „The Stag‟ is going to run an article for
the next issue. Further discussions took place on National Demo
promotions particularly during student “Money Week”.
Action: GH to e-mail all the details about the forthcoming “Money
Week” to JF.
2. Student Parliament Motion – Union Chair
A motion has been proposed to the Union Executive to set a Student
Parliament at the earliest opportunity. The Union Chair added that
there was no mention of the National Demo and explained the structure
of the Student Parliament to the Union Executive. GH raised concerns
that there was too much focus on the National Demo and that the
proposed Student Parliament should reflect on the students issues that
have no relation to the march. JF gave an alternative solution and that
is to have a separate Students Parliament and then pose questions for
Anne Milton in the Students‟ Union committee room with a few
students, which could then be streamed online and broadcast through
MAD TV. MH confirmed that the all student e-mail will include the poll
results. An Executive motion will be written up on the results of the
After further conversation, it was agreed that the next Union Executive
meeting on Tuesday 26th October will be opened up to all students and
held in a large lecture theatre.
This motion from Oliver Deed failed as Union Executive decided to hold
a Student Parliament on 5th November and set Union direction on
Higher Education cuts through the results of the poll.
3. Worker Rights Consortium Motion – Ethics & Environmental Officer
NH gave a brief explanation about the Worker Rights Consortium
Motion (NUSSL Sweat-Free Policy) to the committee. The motion
believes that we should support all the workers in NUSSL‟s garment
supply to be able to join unions themselves, and assert their basic
rights. Also, this motion helps to resolve all suppliers producing
garments for Student Unions to be monitored by the WRC. This motion
is to sign up NUSSL to the WRC.
The WRC constantly update their customers on the working conditions.
NH added that successful boycotts have been known to take place.
MH mentioned that most of the Students‟ Union t-shirts currently come
from China, which is not recognised by the WRC.
It was agreed that individuals can sign up and support the motion.
6. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The Union Chair asked the Union Executive to encourage support from the
students to vote online at vote.ussu.co.uk for their views on the Browne
Review and Comprehensive Spending Review.
7. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Tuesday 26th October.