The Union hosts a full range of meetings across the academic year, to engage with our members – that’s every student here!
Each Sabbatical Officer leads on a different part of your student experience, and since Jamie is the VP Communities he leads the Communities Zone. This covers things like Clubs & Societies, Charities & Volunteering, Environmental Projects and more.
Thursday 20th September was the first Communities Zone meeting of the year. Open to everyone, we invite in guest speakers, share ideas and hold discussions on what’s going on in the community world.
We elected 5 ‘lay-members’ to the Communities Zone Executive Committee – this is a group of elected students that approve Club Constitutions, and applications to the Club Grant. These were: Fraser Raeburn (Politics Society President), Cassandra Grützner (Debating Society President), Emily Hencher (Stirling’s Uniboob Team), Adam McLeod (Treasurer of SUDS, Drama Society) and Svea Horn (Secretary of Volunteering Society).
These 5 students, alongside soon-to-be-elected officers from the October Elections (insert link to election pages: https://www.stirlingstudentsunion.com/representation/elections/) will make up the full Committee – or CZEC for shorthand.
Matt Woodthorpe, our Environmental Development Coordinator, spoke to students about the amazing progress the Union is making on sustainability. The Green & Blue Space, our Environmental Hub, is moving from strength to strength, supplying students with low cost utensils and supplies. The Community Garden is also doing well, and is always in need of more helping hands! Some environmental campaigns coming up include: the Interhall Energy Competition (https://www.stirlingstudentsunion.com/environmental/sustainableliving/energy/), Global Climate Change Week (week commencing October 15th), and a divestment campaign targeting the University.
We also heard from Fern Milne from Stirling Council, over activities and initiatives that are taking place to engage with Young People all across the Stirling area. Stirling’s Youth Forum has been established, and continues to provide Stirling Council will a soundboard for ideas and a way to put young people at the forefront of co-design and local decision making. There will be a ‘Gathering’ conference here on campus, October 23rd. Email email@example.com if you’d like to be involved!
Finally, the meeting discussed the Student Partnership Agreement, something both the Union and the University develop together to outline the ways in which they’ll both work in partnership over the coming years. It was agreed that the general directions of discussions was positive, and the areas highlighted relevant. These areas were: the Co-cirricular Experience, Communication, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Student Engagement, and Widening Participation & Access. Additional areas of interest raised were more consistency in marking and feedback systems across the university, and of course – an improved bus service.
All said, it was great to launch the year as we mean to go on, with engagement between local community partners on campus and off, and students having their say on matters big and small.
The next Union General Meeting will take place: Thursday 4th October, 5pm in A4
The next Communities Zone meeting will take place: Thursday 8th November, 5pm in A4
For more info, visit www.stirlingstudentsunion.com/unionmeetings