Find out what took place and which motions were voted on.
Thursday 11th November saw the latest Union General Meeting take place. As well as updates from the Union Sabbatical Officers (you can read their latest updates in the recent news story), a number of elections were held and motions debated and voted upon. It was a very positive meeting with a lot of student engagement which was fantastic.
At the meeting, we managed to elect 3 NUS Delegate part-time officers positions. The students elected were: Ida Caspary, Ugonna Oleh and Umm Sulaim Iman Taqwa - congratulations!
Three motions (which you can view on the Union's meetings page) were presented and voted upon:
Commenting on the Printed publicity motion which was passed, Vice President Education Calum Brown said, 'I'm really proud that the printed publicity motion has passed as it allows the Union to continue its great work into becoming more sustainable, lining up with our strategic goals and also backing up our achievement of being the first carbon neutral Union in the UK. This means that all printed publicity for the Union elections will be 100% post-consumer recycled FSC certified paper or industry equivalent. Printed publicity for each candidate shall be limited to a maximum of 2 A2 prints and 15 A3 prints. This will significantly increase our sustainability and prevents situations last seen in 2019, where Campus, (notably the Link Bridge) was littered with candidates' election leaflets and posters.'
The second motion presented (proposing enhancing the number of Officers in the Education Zone) was also passed. Commenting on this motion, Calum said, 'The Education Zone Officers motion is also a great win for the Union/students as splitting the role of ‘Non-Traditional Students’ Officer’ into 4 separate roles (Alternative Pathways Officer, Mature Students Officer, Parents and Carers Officer and Care Experienced Students Officer), will help increase the voice of students applicable to these defined areas. Having the roles split into four, would also be more manageable for each representative, leading to a more efficient student voice.'
The final motion focused on supporting uptake of plant milk in the Union's catering outlets. This motion was also passed. Vice President Communities Alyson MacKay added, 'The plant milk convenience motion seeks to encourage and support students in choosing sustainable choices were possible. we will not fix the climate crisis with plant milk or paper straws, but rather recognising that as an institution, when we can make a simple switch, we should be doing so in all possible avenues. This is just one of many ways we can ‘put our money where our mouth is’, in a very literal sense. Those who want to drink dairy can of course still do so while doing what we can to encourage people to try alternatives. We are working with our commercial management team to figure out the best way of doing this and will hopefully implement this at the start of next semester.'
Further information on the meeting can be found on the Union's meeting page.