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Student Council Minutes Monday 19 September 2011 at 18.30 in the David Sizer Lecture Theatre

Chair: Eleanor Hallam Mile End Officers present (15): Andrew Kanyemba (Black Students Officer) Ben Richardson (Student Representative) Caz Parra (Secretary) Chris Smith (Student Representative) Ciara Squires (Student Representative) Darcie Tyler-Henley (Volunteering Officer) Dominic Todd (Sports Officer) Donald McKinnon (LGBT Officer)

Ellen Kiely (RAG Officer) Michael Gilbert (Postgraduate Officer) Ozzy Amir (Campaigns Officer) Shaun Ramanah (Students with Disabilities Officer) Tom Voice (Ethical and Environmental Officer) Wanda Canton (Women’s Officer) Wilson Wong (Societies’ Officer)

Mile End Officer apologies (3) Edoardo Palmombo (Welfare Officer) Nabil Najjar (Student Representative)

Velyana Borisova (International Officer)

Whitechapel Officers present (13): Adnan Aslam (Dental Representative) - part Andrew Smith (Student Representative) Ben Hughes (Technical Officer) Eva Pathmananthan (Dental President) Hannah Downer (Treasurer) Jeeves Wijesuriya (Vice-President London) - part Jon Cramphorn (Vice-President Barts)

Micheal Samy (Communications Officer) Nicolas Blondel (Campaigns Officer) Richard Donovan (SSLC Rep) Rob Zabihi (Dental Representative) - part Sam Chequer (Welfare Officer) - part Timothy Foster (Clubs and Societies’ Officer)

Whitechapel Officers apologies (4): Amy Coulden (Entertainments Officer) Aran Ali (RAG Captain)

Mandi Pal (Secretary) Salem Al-Sawaf (Entertainments Officer)

Sabbatical Officers in attendance: Sophie Richardson (President) George Ryan (Vice-President Association) Sam Creighton (Vice-President Communications)

Dominic Bell (Vice-President Activities) Oscar Williamson (Vice-President Education and Welfare)

Union Staff in attendance: Philip Gilks (Student Voice and Development Manager) Tom Sutton (Representation and Democracy Co-ordinator)


1.0

Apologies Apologies were noted and accepted.

2.0

Chair’s Welcome Announcements Chair welcomed members to the first quorate meeting of the new academic year. Chair introduced a new form for Student Council members’ to log their votes in accordance to policy passed in the last academic year. Chair clarified the reasons to abstain. Student Council members should only abstain if they are genuinely on the fence whether to vote for or against on an issue not because they are unclear of the arguments. Student Council members should seek clarification or the continuation of debate to avoid abstentions.

3.0

Minutes from the inquorate meeting of Student Council held on 11 September Approved as an accurate record.

4.0

Amendments to Clubs, Societies and Student Groups Regulations Dominic Bell spoke in favour of a review of the Union’s Clubs, Societies and Student Groups Regulations. The proposal created new ‘student groups’ for volunteering, campaigning and support activities. Among other changes the review included a change to the definition of an active group. Student Council voted in favour of the motion: - 24 votes in favour - 0 votes against - 4 abstentions

5.0

Amendments to Election Regulations Sophie Richardson spoke in favour of changes to the Union’s Election Regulations. The proposal was the outcome of a review conducted after this year’s main elections. The review clarified definitions of terms, adapted the role of student media and clearly defined the appeals and complaints procedure. Student Council voted in favour of the motion: - 26 votes in favour - 0 votes against - 1 abstention

6.0

Any other Business Sophie Richardson informed Student Council that proposals changing the roles of the full-time officers, the Part-time Officer structure and membership of Student Council will be discussed at a General Meeting held in early October. - Ozzy Amir requested that the venue for the meeting take place in a popular location with ordinarily high footfall. - Sophie Richardson replied that the best arrangements will be made to publicise the meeting and find a venue that is open and accessible. Sophie Richardson also informed Student Council of arrangements to send a delegation to Conservative Party Conference. There were up to fifteen part-subsidised places available for £10 from the tickets from the Union stalls at the Fresher’s Fair or from the Blomeley Centre. Sophie Richardson requested that Student Council members arrange meetings with Tom Sutton to develop personal action plans for the year. Action Members of Student Council are to email (tom.sutton@qmsu.org) or text Tom Sutton to arrange meetings to develop personal action plans.


Wanda Canton informed Student Council of the difficulties she had had booking rooms for events with external speakers. - Dominic Bell replied this was a long-running issue with room booking and was something he hoped to tackle in the year ahead. Members of Student Council asked multiple questions about the management of budgets. - Details of how members of student Council can manage these budgets will be explained in their personal action plan meetings with Tom Sutton. 7.0

Time, date and place of next meeting Tuesday 18 October at 17.30, Venue TBC


4.0

5.0

officer:

position:

Andrew Kanyemba

Black Students Officer

X

X

Ben Richardson

Student Representative

X

X

Caz Parra

Secretary

X

X

Christopher Smith

Student Representative

X

X

Ciara Squires

Student Representative

X

X

Darcie Tyler-Henley

Volunteering Officer

X

X

Dominic Todd

Sports Officer

X

X

Donald Mackinnon

LGBT Officer

X

X

Ellen Kiely

RAG Officer

X

X

Michael Gilbert

Postgraduate Officer

X

X

Ozzy Amir

Campaigns Officer

X

X

Shaun Ramanah

Students with Disabilities Officer

X

X

Thomas Voice

Ethical and Environmental Officer

X

X

Wanda Canton

Womens Officer

X

X

Wilson Wong

Societies Officer

X

X

for

against abstain

for

against abstain


4.0

5.0

officer:

position:

Adnam Aslam

Dental Representative

Andrew Smith

Student Representative

X

X

Benjamin Hughes

Technical Rep

X

X

Eva Pathmananthan

Dental President

X

X

Hannah Downer

Treasurer

X

X

Jeeves Wijesuriya

Vice-President London

Jon Cramphorn

Vice-President Barts

X

Micheal Samy

Communications Officer

X

Nicolas Blondel

Student Representative

X

X

Richard Donovan

SSLC Representative

X

X

Robert Zabihi

Dental Representative

X

X

Sam Chequer

Welfare Officer

X

X

Timothy Foster

Clubs and Societies Officer

for

against abstain

X

X

X

for

against abstain

X

X X X

X


19.09.2011 Minutes