This Wednesday our first Students’ Forum of the year took place… and we’ve got loads to fill you in on. Not sure what Students’ Forum is? You’re probably not alone, but it’s important to know because this is the space for students to suggest and influence key policies that shape the SU and our work. So, if you love a good debate, or are passionate about a particular issue, Students’ Forum might be something you want to get involved in.
Held regularly throughout the year, it’s attended by all Full-Time and Part-Time Officers who give updates on their current projects. It’s also an opportunity for you to monitor and hold to account the Officers you elected. We’ll be publishing the minutes of this week’s Forum imminently, and will update this article when we have them.
Pictured: Welfare and Liberation Officer Mona updating students with what she's been up to.
So, what took place?
First things first, we revealed the results of the By-Election where we were looking to fill the two remaining Part-Time Officer roles here at the SU.
And dum-dum-dum, we can now announce that Nishat Shah will be taking up the position of LGBTQ+ Students Officer. Nishat also proposed a motion about the Liberation Room at Students’ Forum. More info on that below…
And last but not least, Michael Woldemariam is our new Care Leavers and Estranged Students Officer. Both Nishat and Michael will work alongside the other Part-Time Officers. To find out who they all are and what areas they’re responsible for, take a look on our website here. So, from all the SU team, congratulations… and welcome! We’re super excited to be working with you.
Next up, it was time for a debate! The below videos show the motions that were proposed and discussed during this Forum, but if there’s something you want to debate or ask the Full-Time Officers at a later date, why not propose a motion for the next Students’ Forum? To read more about how to do that, click here.
Pictured: On the left, Education Officer, Lauren, and right, Campaigns and Activities Officer, Beth, as they proposed their motion.
Motions discussed on 22nd January 2020:
1. Support for Reproductive Justice (Trigger warning: Abortion)
Proposer: Beth Lowe, Seconder: Lauren Corelli
2. Liberation room reform
Proposer: Nishat Shah, Seconder: Fiona
3. November motion: Establish a Functioning Complaints Procedure
Proposer: Nishat Seema, Seconder: Choo Chen Sim
Agree or disagree with any of the above?
We wanna hear what you think, so if feel passionately either way and would vote for or against them, head to this page on the SU website and let us know what you think.
Crucially, each proposer needs a minimum of 100 student votes for the motion to pass, because it needs to be representative of the student body. So the proposers need your help!
How long have you got?
Voting is open online now until 11am on Thursday 30th January. To learn more about each motion, look above to view the video clip of each proposal. Any discussion or rebuttals on the issues or exact wording of the motions is covered in the attached info.
We’ll let you know which motions have been successful as soon as possible!
And if you want to get involved in the next Students’ Forum, head to the Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre (BPLT) on Wednesday 4th March between 5pm - 7pm – we’d love to see you all there!
If you have any additional questions or queries about Students’ Forum, motions or voting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.