UPDATE: For the SU’s statement, see the comments underneath the story.
Societies at the University of Lincoln are feeling neglected after the administrative merger of sports and societies, it’s being claimed.
Andreas Zacharia, VP for Activities now holds responsibility for both societies and sports. In previous years the two areas had separate full-time SU officers.
Steven Jackman, president of the Japanese Anime Society (JAMS), has criticised the emphasis being put onto sports, claiming societies are being “trampled underfoot”.
“The only reason the society can continue to function is due to our previous experience,” Jackman says. He also slammed the logistical difficulties, and lack of SU assistance, that the society faced during the freshers’ fayre.
According to Jackman, JAMS has also had £600 disappear from their accounts after an administration error within the SU. He says: “The money is unlikely to be reimbursed.”
Other societies have also felt they have been mistreated during the first few weeks. The Socialist Students Lincoln (SSL) said that there was a very heavy emphasis on sports and almost none on societies.
Gemma Cobby, president of the Politics Society, commented on the lack of help for new societies, saying there “was not any helpful information for new societies forming — it was like you were expected to know it all”.
Chris Farell, last year’s vice-president for sports, was worried that the reorganisation could leave sports neglected. Farell said that the new role had more to do with “events, financing, and staffing”.
The decision to reorganise the SU officers was made last November at the All Students Meeting. The number of full-time officers was dropped from 6 to 4, with a jump in the number of part-time officers from 6 to 9.
The Students’ Union have so far declined to comment.Tweet