Posted on Fri 10 Jan 2020 at 12:11 by Louise Henrard
I've included both weeks as we only had two days in the office before starting the Winter Break.
I've been working on the Democratic Review, in particular, I've been tasked to rewrite the Byelaws 5/6 and 18. They concern Committees and Section/Liberation Groups. I'm planning to meet all existing Forums and gather feedback from different committees. I want to know what they want to see in the Democratic Review, if they have had any issues with the current structure and how they think best to resolve them. My main task will be to make sure the new language is easier to understand, less jargon, more accessible format and making sure all Forums are happy with how their work is presented to Student Council.
Byelaw 18 is about the rivetting notion of inter-policy relationship. What to do if two policies contradict each other? How to decide which to keep? As of now, there should not be many changes in the content. But do let me know, if you spot something you would want to change.
As we do not have full committees for every section forums and you identify with one of the following characteristics: PostGraduate, International, Part-Time, Mature (started undergrad after 21). Please let me know if you want to join the Forums, maybe even running them! If not, maybe letting me know obstacles which meant you did not join/knew about them. Every piec eof feedback helps making the organisation as democratic as it can be.
I've attended the Investment Committee Meeting. Unfortunately, it seems very far away from now for when the University will divest fully from fossil fuels. The unique position of Aberdeen, and Aberdeen Uni with the oil/gas industry is one of the main factor for this refusal to divest. However, AUSA won't stop supporting students campaigning for a Fossil Free University. The Fossil Free Campaign Group will meet in January during Refreshers to welcome new faces and plan future actions.
I've also met with the Welfare and Campaign Coordinator.. We talked about the Housing Fayre and the Ready-To-Rent workshops happening next semester. We will have various organisations providing advice and guidance on what to look out for. As well, as some accomodation providers.
I attended the Principal Christmas Party.
The last couple of days, I''ve researched more throroughly the sustainable policies the University ahs in place and comparing them with other universities. With that research, I will draft a proposal for a Climate Crisis Working Group to address some of the gaps within the existing Committees and Groups tasked with sustainability work.
I planned a few meetings for the new year regarding an event to promote sustianable menstrual products, catching up with UCU regarding potential future strike actions, Green Impact and Meat-Free Mondays Events.
I hope everyone has a lovely break.