The final Student Council meeting of the year turned into a farce as not enough voting members turned up to pass any motions.
The council constitution specifies that 15 voting members are required to pass any motions on the agenda, and on Thursday, April 22nd, only 13 turned up.
This meant that the proposal to reform the position of council chair will have to be delayed until the next academic year. Dan Derricott, SU student officer, described it as “having a pretend meeting”.
It was revealed that the university has taken a firm position on recording lectures, a problem which was brought up at a previous council meeting, whereby all students, regardless of ability, should be able to record their lectures.
This comes with the prospect of digitising learning materials, where everything, from the currently available slides and case studies on blackboard, to recorded lectures, will be incorporated online.
A motion to reform the role of the chair was “passed in principle” by the partial council. The person elected will now chair both the council and the All Student Meeting, which means, according to Derricott, they will “need to have backbone, and some balls.”
The chair will become an independent member of the council instead of being a rep for a course, and in order to prevent interference by the SU and maintain an unbiased front, will not be allowed to be an SU officer for the duration of their chairpersonship.
On the railway motion, which was passed earlier in the year, it was disclosed that the bridge will not be built on the road outside the new Business and Law faculty building, due to foundation problems.
However, Network Rail will meet the university to plan the structure of the bridge, which will likely be placed on the front side of the Main Admin Building, and the rear of the LPAC.
Finally, feedback on the state of accommodation in the Courts, the university’s student accommodation, was presented to the council. Survey results and evidence of problems have been compiled into a report which will be sent to those in charge of the Courts.
Chris Charnley, the president for the SU, appeared irritated at the response he got from the Courts’ residents. He accused the Courts’ residents of being lazy, saying there was “huge amounts of apathy – students are willing to complain, but not use the right channels to do so.”
Two officers resigned before the meeting. Kayleigh Turner and Chris Farrell will only be working two days a week for the SU after finding other employment.
The motion put forward by the Art Group at the NUS conference calling for a fair living wage to be paid to interns and and for priority listing for paid internships was passed.
Following the Women’s conference, a women’s society is in the process of being formed. This society is expected to serve as a support and lobby group on issues such as the pro-choice stance on abortion.