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Updates from Union Council meeting 10/11/2014

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Union Council met on 10 November and discussed a number of topics including international students' tuition fee increases, issues raised by Student Reps, the Free Education demonstration, UCU's marking boycott and the price of bus travel.

Council received reports from the Full-time Officers about what they'd been working on including:

  • Operations - Union Café is to be open by next term, Union Computers is still held up.
  • Welfare - A campus accessibility campaign named 'Access Sussex' will be launched on the 24th of November.
  • Education - Investigating why students cannot vote for both subjects of a joint honours degree, looking to get the January timetable released earlier.
  • Activities - The possibility of the construction of a swimming pool was raised with the University; concerns were made about how it would be managed.
  • President - Brighton and Hove Buses have offered to reduce bus ticket prices.

Postgraduate Chair, Andrea Brock, discussed concerns about non-EU students' tuition fee increases and talked about the draft of a letter that has been written to Allan Spencer, the University Director of Finance.

Issues were raised by Student Reps including whether or not Reps were receiving enough support, charges for lost identification cards and reduced bus fares for students' partners and families.

The Free Education demonstration was discussed, with the majority of votes in favour of supporting the demo.

Council also voted in favour of supporting UCU's marking boycott and the Full-time Officers agreed to issue a statement in support of the boycott.

The Council then voted Joe Paxton and Vee Cartwright Chair and Deputy Chair of Council and Jaja Jasper Chinedum and Louise Pang as members of the Union's Democracy & Constitution Committee.

Finally, Abraham Baldry, Union President, expanded further on the bus company reductions; the Council voted that the Union should bargain for further reductions.

Full Council minutes.

 

 

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