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A live blog keeping you updated on City’s Student Members Meeting

 

20.34

The meeting is done!

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20.31

“Showers in university don’t work”

There is a question for outstanding business regarding the showers in university.

Chairman of Student Council assures that it would be included in the minutes, and if the issue persists it would be put through a motion.

 

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20.30

Leadership Elections

There is one more call for the Leadership Elections.

The applications close this Sunday, so be quick and nominate yourself!

 

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20.28

Student participation

Students have questions on the turnout of the meting.

There are concerns on what the SU is doing to make this meeting more available and not make it clash with other societies’ events.

There are accusations against the student body attention to Union’s issues. The little engagement of students in university related matters is thoroughly discussed.

Kunt, SU President,  proposes to revolutionise the meeting, to make it online or to propose other activities around it.

Clayfield, Chairman of the Student Council, encourages everyone to bring in more students and remarks that it is a collective task to make every student involved.

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20.21

Motion: Students should be afforded better access to their lectures through the implementation of compulsory lecture capture for all appropriate modules where the technology is available

Proposer: Raha Ghadaksaz

Seconder: Sania Chowdhury

The motion raises again to keep pushing lecturers to provide Lecture Capture.

There are questions on how lecturers can deal with sensitive subjects and privacy concerns, but the proposer says that the technology allows lectures to pause and evade that content.

Other students are concerned on the different tactics used and how the Union would implement them this time.

An amendment is proposed to make Lecture Capture always available in core and mandatory modules, but leave its availability up to lecturers on elective modules.

After a lot of questions, the amendment is withdrawn.

There is a proposal for an amendment to reword the motion. It passes unanimously.

The motion passed amended.

 

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20.11

Motion: The University should implement a re-mark system that reassesses the substantive content of exams

Proposer: Raha Ghadaksaz

Seconder: Sania Chowdhury

The motion asks for the Union to lobby the university to change the re-mark system.

There are questions on how the university will approach this. Ghadaksaz say that the possibilities should be open so students can choose whatever approach they want.

The motion passes with no vote against.

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20.08

Motion for Climate Change

Proposer: Clement Koszuta (Socialist society president)

Seconders: Iwan Moreton, Louis Sugunasabesan

Koszuta looks for the Union’s approval for the strike on Friday and for the SU to declare a climate emergency.

There are questions on how to get the student body involved. The proposer says that they are looking to organise events to teach the university community on the issues.

The motion passes with one abstention.

 

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20.04

Motion Let’s create a an opt- in paper system

Proposer: Mohamed Omar

Seconder: Mehmet Cirakoglu

 

Omar questions the need for handouts in view of the climate crisis.

There are questions on how the motion is going to impact students that can’t access online resources.

The proposer says that no student would be discriminated, but that lecturers shouldn’t assume that everyone wants printed handouts.

There are concerns on how to communicate who wants the handouts to the lecturers.

There are proposals to add forums so lecturers can know which students need the handouts, but Omar says that the motion already looks at this option.

The motion passes unanimously.

 

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19.59

Motion to Improve the Assessment and Feedback Processes within CASS in Regards to Reports and Essays

Proposer: Danya Aamir

Seconder: Simran Kaur

An amendment is proposed to expand the motion to all schools, but there are concerns on the lack of focus of the motion, since CASS  is the one that requires more the actions.

The amendment passes with 4 votes against and 11 abstentions.

There are question on how the marking criteria for essays are going to be changed. Aamir says that they are looking to include more clarity on what sources need to be used, how much research is necessary, etc.

More concerns on the inconsistency of lecturers. Aamir recognises the concerns and says the they will be working on it.

The amended motion passes with no votes against.

 

 

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19.50

Motion for Longer Opening Hours and More Resources for the Library

Proposer: Anne Onwusiri, Postgraduate Taught Officer

Seconder: Tuna Kunt, City SU President

Onwusiri says that it is important to accommodate all studying styles, and that it is not fair for students to not have access to the library 24 hours.

There is an amendment to improve on the availability of books and other resources into the Northampton Square Library.

The amendment is added.

There are concerns on the security for the 24 hour opening and the conditions of the security staff.

Another amendment is proposed to expand the hours to all the other libraries, not only the Northampton Square Library.

The second amendment passes with one abstention and the amendment is added.

The amended proposal passes unanimously.

 

 

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19.39

Motion to install plug sockets in all lecture theatres

Proposer: Aaron Carey

Seconder: Panagiota Spyrou

Questions on the logistics of adding plugs in lecture theatres like Oliver Thompson or the Great Hall.

There are concerns of when the construction would take place. Carey says that he hopes to make the changes happening during the summer break, where there are a smaller number of students in university.

An amendment was proposed to focus the proposal for the plugs in Oliver Thompson and leave the Great Hall out of the motion. The design of the latter would delay renovations due to several difficulties.

The debate turns quite lively as students talk about how future renovations to the Great Hall would affect the motion and the lecture spaces that would become available after the Law School moves to the new building.

As people start to leave, the Chair calls for those in the room to stay so the numbers to pass motions stay roughly the same.

The amendment passes with 11 votes for, 6 abstentions and 7 votes against.

There are arguments to keep the motion open to all lecture galls mentioned originally just in case there are actually renovation works in the Great Hall.

The amendment is added and the motion passes amended!

 

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19.26

Motion on the policy for Room Booking

Proposer: Ibrahim Khalid Hamid

Seconder: Sarah Kazi

The motion starts with accusations of biases by the Students’ Union in terms of room booking.

There are concerns with the room booking process and questions on how the motion would change the process. Students make a proposal to add training for room booking.

Motion passes unanimously.

 

 

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19.20

Motion on British Sign Language to be offered by the language centre

Proposer: Ellie Foulger (Disabled Students Officer)

Seconder: Anne Onwusiri (Postgraduate Taught Officer)

The motion goes straight into a debate.

There are questions on who would be teaching the course and if it’s going to the teared.

The proposer says that the course would be ready for staff and that it is encouraged to them to participate in said courses.

Motion passes unanimously.

 

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19.17

Motion: Creating a physical space for the Graduate School

Proposer: Anne Onwusiri, Postgraduate Taught Officer

Seconders: Tuna Kunt, City SU President

The motion goes straight to a debate.

There are questions on the location, ability to restrict entrance and the dimension of said space. Onwusiri says that it’s her hope not to make it restrictive, but she wants to make it clear that it is for graduate students.

The proposer highlights the importance for graduate students to get a space just to study saying: “There is a struggle during exam season to find a place to study.”

Motion passes with one vote against.

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19.12

Motion: Make CityBar work for City Students

Proposer: Tuna Kunt (President)

Seconders: Amelia Durkin, Anne Onwusiri (PGT Officer)

Motion to take charge on the space where CityBar is. Although Sodexo will continue to run the bar, the motion proposes to utilise the bar for social space.

SU President says that she’s looking to make it more accessible and an useful place where students can spend more time during the day.

Questions on whether alcohol would be served during the middle of the day are expressed, but Kunt says that the policy would stay as it is and alcohol would only be served from 6 onwards.

Students question Kunt whether the space would be bookable for societies’ events. “There would be a possibility to make it available to book and societies would have preference in terms of booking”, she answers.

There are concerns about the how possible it is for this to happen. The SU President says that she just took over a staff common room to make it available for students, so she is convinced she can deal with the CityBar space.

 

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19.05

 Motion UCU Industrial Action

Proposer: Tuna Kunt (SU President)

Seconders: Amelia Durkin, Anne Onwusiri (PGT Officer), Clement Koszuta

Kunt, SU President, seeks a vote to continue the Union’s support for lecturers and their industrial action.

To the questions on what schools are going to be most affected she answers that she doesn’t know which schools or lecturers are going to be involved the most.

The Union says that they are looking to support staff in picket lines by talking to students and helping with logistics.

There are questions on compensations of tuition fees. Kunt says that the Union supports students with other activities, but says that compensations schemes are more complicated. She reiterates that the Union is still pushing for compensations for all students, but that negotiations are going on.

The SU President says that the Union would push for more messaging to support students and to make sure they understand that they’re the priority.

There are questions on how students would engage with picket lines. Kunt explains that picket lines in City University have to stay flexible to accommodate students who are in pursue of certain qualifications and international students whose visa requires them attending classes.

The motion passes with three votes against.

For the votes against, students expressed concerns on the impact on the student body and how much students have been affected by strikes since 2017.

Kunt reiterates that SU sees the disruption but that the motion is to pressure the university to resolve the issue and to insist to the relevant bodies on compensations.

Students also complained about the mitigation of lectures and assignments. Students say that the SU supporting the industrial action is hurting them the most, citing that “missing lectures cheapens the content of a lot of courses”.

The President recalls the referendum vote and notes that the SU put to the student body the decision to support the aims and fights of the UCU.

The motion passes with 2 abstentions and 3 votes against.

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18.49

Motion: In House In City

Proposer: Shaima Dallali

Seconder: Maimuna Bushale

Motion to make cleaners and caterers part of the City University staff. The university claims that it is too expensive, but Dallali says that she it would only cost about one million pounds.

Dallali remarks that the situation right know disproportionately affects migrants and women more than any other members of the university staff. Passionately, she argues on the role of the workers as essential to the university life and student experience.

Several contributions question how the Union would be involved in the re-hiring process of the workers and whether doing it through an outside agency would make them more vulnerable. There are also questions on why the students should be involved.

Dallali highlights the power of students to protect members who are a core part of the university life.

A lot of concerns are expressed on the logistics of how to incorporate caterers and cleaners into university staff, and what other universities are doing.

The motion passes unanimously.

 

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18.43

Motion Mandatory Unconscious Bias Training for all Union Staff

Proposer: Rania Salim

Seconder: Saqlain Riaz

Questions on who is going to be involved in the training and if charities would be involved.

There is hope to “keep lobbying the university” to implement these programs if they go well with the SU, says Salim.

There is a question on how to fit in the training with the busy schedule of the City SU staff, but Salim insists that they would make it a day and in a way it would fit everyone.

Salim also remarks that they want the training to be available to students. Questions arise on whether this would be mandatory or not, but Salim doesn’t know the answer and claims that they would have to look at budget conditions.

Motion passed unanimously.

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18.37

Motion: Study Well events all year around.

Proposer: Aaron Carey

Seconder: Medhir Dillum

Carey asks for consistency on the Study Well scheme and to notify students on Study Well events.

No questions were asked about the motion.

The motion passed unanimously.

 

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18.34

Motion: Iftar as part of Study Well

Proposer: Shahd Haj Khalil

Seconder: Ali Qureshi

Qureshi highlights the fact that Ramadan clashes with exams and assessment period next year.

“The SU should be committed to the wellbeing of all students of faith, and that includes making Iftar as part of the Study Well campaign”, says Qureshi.

There was a question about the inclusivity of the program and how the Union will to quantify the people involved in the program.

Another student asked about whether the catering company Sodexo would be involved in the campaign, and expressed concerns over the company profiting on the scheme. The rooms accepts those questions as legitimately, but proposes no solutions.

The Student body votes unanimously to pass the motion.

 

 

18.29

Trustees Report and Annual Account

Tuna Kunt, SU President says that the union priorities include employability, happiness and well being of students.

There was praise for a successful Welcome Week and initiatives like City Suceeds, employability scheme for LGBTQ and other groups. The work done for on the 125th anniversary event was also highlighted.

For finances, it was reported a total income of a little bit over 1 million and a total spent of a little over 1 million.

 

18.21

Welcome!

Joshua Clayfield, Chair of the Student Council opens the meeting. He remarks the importance of this event and states the rules of the meeting.

Clayfield reiterates that the Students’ Union remains open to everyone and no one would be discriminated.

“Discrimination would not be tolerated in any scenario in this meeting.”

 

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18.02

Getting started!

Things are ready to go in the Student Members’ Meeting!

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17.14

A little bit of context…
Note: Carrot Magazine is owned by the Students’ Union. 

The Student Members’ Meeting is the way the Students’ Union has to hear all students’ voices. It’s your opportunity, as part of the University, to hold your Officers to account. What policies are they working on? What are the challenges? How can life in uni be made better? All of these are core questions that students can approach at the meeting.

You also get to see accounts!

Alright, we know it’s not as exciting, but it’s always good to know what our SU is spending money on.

In today’s meeting we are going to hear a lot of proposals (hence the three hours long blog), but here is a list of the most interesting ones:

  • Mandatory Unconscious Bias Training for all Union staff.

Probably the motion with the liveliest debate, giving the accusations formed during the last Autumn elections. The problems with the nomination of Shaima Dallali caused some concerns about biases in the Students’ Union and the representation of students of colour and students of faith. Her email was hacked during the nomination process last autumn. During that time, someone emailed the SU withdrawing her candidacy. Further investigation showed that the Deputy Returning Officer chose to not continue the investigations on the matter. Dallali claims that this is a product of the process, where “the DRO interprets the by-laws and makes decisions”, and that “it leaves it open to bias and discrimination”.

  • UCU Industrial Action.

With four more weeks of strikes in the horizon, this motion will carry a lot of tension. Last year, the SU called for a referendum to see if they should come out in favour of supporting UCU members and the industrial action, and the student body voted for it. Today, the policy motion is up for debate to see if the Students’ Union will continue to support further industrial action. If you are wondering why your lecturers are striking and what’s the university doing about it, read our article from last November about the previous strikes.

  • Physical Space for Graduate School.

In an uni whose free space is precious, how will the Students’ Union deal with the request for more hang out places for the graduates?

  • Improvement Assessment and Feedback process within CASS.

Definitely a crucial motion for CASS students and it’s coming to a vote today.

 

This is just a taste of what’s coming. Drop by B200 in University building for free drinks, free food and hear the other motions.

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15.46

Student Members’ Meeting Live blog

Welcome to Carrot Magazine’s first live blog! Today our City News editor, Marta Casais, will be updating you on what is happening in today’s Student Members’ Meeting.

 

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