Posted on Tue 15 Oct 2019 at 07:37 by Cecilia Wallback
Yesterday we held the first Student Council meeting of the year. This was also my first Student Council meeting as Student President. I am currently on the train to Glasgow (left Aberdeen 05:39 AM, yawn) to attend Governance training, which the University has provided for me due to my position on University Court. Anyway, back to Student Council. This was the agenda for yesterday:
I spoke a lot. I don't remember Lawson speaking this much during Student Council (AGM and GM, yes) but maybe that's because I used to eat my dinner during council. This is not a practice I condone, of course :)
I gave my work report, and update on policies I am working on.
We managed to get the Qatar Committee to attend via Zoom, which was exciting. Before the next meeting, my goal will be to see if there is a way to improve this, as the feedback was that while they could hear what the Chair and Vice-Chair was saying, they could not hear when the Sabbatical Officers or Councillors were speaking. However, they did manage to present their own motions which was really good! Both of them passed, meaning the Sabbatical team will look into ways to implement these and improve the Qatar students' study space access and their food options on campus as currently it is very pricey.
The Student Council Chair experience requirement motion was referred back to the proposer for amendment and to be re-proposed at the next meeting, which will be happening on the 11th of November. I porposed that this meetings of the Student Council was replaced with a General Meeting of the Student Body and that was passed with a very narrow vote. This means that in November, AUSA will be hosting a GM (different from an AGM) which means all students at the University of Aberdeen are welcome to submit motions, discuss them, and participate in voting. I am very happy this passed as it not only fullfills one of my manifesto pledges, but I also believe it promoted inclusion whithin the student body and more openness within AUSA and the Student Council.
A motion for AUSA to hold an NUS Referendum in November was proposed, however during the council after some discussion, an amendment was propsed. This was because the Sabbatical Team and AUSA staff have already been in discussion about this as we are obliged to hold a referedum every 4 years and we need to figure out a time during the year that will be as un-inconveneint for students as possible and which will encourage as much participation as possible, as a referendum required a minimum of 10% of the student body to participate for the results to be valid. The motion now states that the referedum will be held during the second term of the Academic year 2019/1920. At the moment, we are leaning towards holding the referendum around Januray/February.
A climate emergency motion was also passed, which means that AUSA will now have to declare a climate emergency and we will be continuing our work to work with and lobby the University to declare a climate emergency and for them to take on more sustainable practices.
Regarding the AOCB, Dariya is looking for councillors to join the elections committee, and I am looking for people to apply to be Student Trustees! You can find more information on how to apply here: https://www.ausa.org.uk/about/trusteeboard/join/ :)
If you would like to read the submitted materials for youself, you can do so at https://www.ausa.org.uk/representation/sacouncil/ !