It’s almost as if the Students’ Union have given up and gone home.
There have been a few things happening recently that one would expect to be marked quite prominently by the Students’ Union.
To start, we have Black History Month. So, what has the SU done, and what do they have planned?
Well, er… not much.
They’re planning to hold a themed Tower Bar quiz, on the 19th. And, throughout the month, sports teams will be wearing black armbands.
Apparently other events ‘are in the pipeline’ but ‘not 100% confirmed’.
When I was asking around before the start of Black History Month, which takes place throughout October, I was asked to hold back on releasing these enthralling details until the 1st, a couple of days after I was told.
I can’t even begin to tell you how hard it was not to break that embargo. (It wasn’t.)
And then we had Mental Health Week, which apparently took place throughout last week. But you wouldn’t know it.
But things get worse. For the upcoming by-election — their own event — they’re tripping over themselves with what they’re not doing. Or what they’re unsure about what they’re not doing.
The basic dates and details were put up on the SU’s website a couple of weeks ago. When I called to check the number of NUS delegates to be elected, I was told they’d know for sure at the end of the week (Friday, October 2nd), and I’d get an email on the day.
Emma Devine, the SU’s (elected) vice-president for communications, also asked me to hold off on publishing the story until the following Monday, when, I was told, they’d have more information about how they were going to promote the by-elections.
Friday, and the weekend, came and went. No news.
On Monday morning, I rang up again. They were electing the same number of delegates as last year (surprise!) and, apparently, they’d had a meeting about the whole thing.
Ms Devine said the SU weren’t really sure about how they were going to advertise the by-election, or whether they were going to make a big deal of it at all.
While they say they’re keen to promote campaigning, they clearly can’t organise themselves to promote even expected events on the calendar.
The Students’ Union seem to have no clue about what they want to do, or what they actually *are* doing.
It’s still fairly early days for the elected team, and students have only been back for about a month. But it is not an auspicious start to the year.
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