Assembly Papers – 12th March 2019

SU comm 2019/03/06

Present: Sarah McAllister, Elena Martin, Kiera White, Jacob Freda, Caitlin Guibout, Euan Martin

Apologies: Maddey Watson

Absent: Amy Kuner, Zoe Mathias, Sachin Savur and Dan Vogel, Jade Bryant

Setting: Conference room and Will Nicholson is here and he may never leave…

 

Agenda

Sexual Violence

Equality and Diversity

Accessibility

Association Elections

Association Ratification

Support access to free, safe and legal abortions

International fees

Leadership and management training

 

 

Meeting

Sexual Violence

Sarah: I don’t know why we wouldn’t support this. We just want to make sure they have a clear policy on this

Jacob: Don’t we have one of these?

Sarah: Meg says we did but it’s lapsed

Will: What does zero tolerance mean?

Jacob: being kicked out of the university if you are found to have sexually harassed someone

All agreed to vote in favour of this

 

 

Equality and Diversity

Sarah: this is updating the policy on this as well because this one has lapsed too. Again, I don’t know why you’d vote against this

Euan: this feels more like admin- they probably just need to pass it

All agreed to vote in favour of this

 

 

SU Accessibility

Sarah: this is saying they should strive for best practice etc

Jacob: so carrying on with what we should be doing?

Sarah: yeah, I think this Is just updating the standing orders

All agreed to vote in favour of this

 

 

Association Elections

Sarah: this is for all the minority group rep elections and saying that when they hold elections it shouldn’t just be an AGM and it should be online for better representation

Euan: that’s a good idea, especially for SwD who might not be able to make the AGMs

All agreed to vote in favour of this

 

 

Association Ratification

Sarah: the trans association, working class and women’s associations still haven’t been ratified because they want drop ins and they need to go through procedures and get approval for all of that. The assembly believes that we don’t want to vote on this again as we did last year but this is to pass the power on to the group. I think we should vote for this because they have been waiting so long

All agreed to vote in favour of this

 

 

Support access to free, safe and legal abortions

Sarah: this is in response to the pro-life groups. It wants the SU to take a pro choice stance and let people know when they are going to happen

Caitlin: I think that’s good

Jacob: letting people know in advance could argue that that could be used to shut people down…

Euan: having a pro choice stance in the SU is probably representative, but the SU shouldn’t make the pro life choice not feel welcome…

Caitlin: I think there are always going to be people protesting prolife, and as women who might feel quite sensitive towards these issue so it’s important that the SU look after people and reassure them

Will: to say the whole institution have this view and always will seems a little controlling

Jacob: I’m now thinking of people who aren’t maliciously pro life, like Catholics for example,

Sarah: my thoughts is that you can still chose with pro life

Will: but if you’re explaining this to us then maybe

Elena: no one is actively going to try and get people to have an abortion, we just want them to have the choice. It’s important to show people there are safe choices. It would be way more controversial to vote against this.

Kiera: it’s not that we want to shut down their arguments

Will: is the SU meant to remain neutral?

Sarah: in the past they have supported campaigns etc

[Caitlin drops oreo in her cuppa ☹ ]

All agreed to vote in favour of this

 

International fees freezing

Sarah: fees for internationals are disgustingly high, and it’s important because Brexit means that European students will have to pay these really high fees as well

All agreed to vote in favour of this

 

Leadership and management training

Sarah: this is about training some of the exec of colleges and some non- exec roles and to work out who should receive these

Elena: will this is equally accessible to independent and DSO colleges? Because sometimes there is an issue with this and training

Sarah: I will send this question to rep comm meeting for you

Sarah: one argument for this was that this training should be at the end of the year

[Sereena briefly hijacks the meeting in order to collect her books but left]

All agreed to vote in favour of this