LIVE BLOG: Vote on Lincoln SU’s attendance at NUS-organised protest

Hello and welcome to The Linc‘s live coverage of tonight’s All Student Members Meeting (ASM), which includes a vote on whether the University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union should participate in the NUS’ demonstration – ‘Unite for Education’ – in London on November 19.

The meeting takes place this evening, from 6pm to 8pm, in the David Chiddick Building (DCB1102).

Come back closer to the time for live updates and coverage from the team.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201618:07

Good evening and welcome to the live coverage of the All Student Members Meeting.

The Linc’s News Editor Liam O’Dell will be updating this live blog throughout the evening, and reporter Connor Creaghan will be posting regular tweets on our Twitter account, @thelinc.
Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201618:12

Already, upon entering the venue for the meeting, attendees are being handed a document detailing a motion put forward by Calum Watt and seconded by Bradley Allsopp.

It argues that the Trustee Board, with 9 unelected members and 5 ‘external’ trustees, is “highly undemocratic” and that there should be a directly-elected Student Venues Committee created to overlook the Students’ Union’s venues: The Tower Bar, the Engine Shed and The Swan.
Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201618:16

Tonight’s meeting will also include a vote on whether to attend the NUS’ ‘United for Education’ demonstration in London on November 19.

It’s an interesting vote, given that students voted for Lincoln SU to re-affiliate with the National Union of Students last month.
Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201618:19

Calum Watt is talking through his motion to create a Student Venues Committee, which he says took “months of research”.

He hopes to that there will be a committee of 12 members, with 3 groups of 4 dedicated to each one of the SU’s venues.
Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201618:23

Calum argues that the primary responsibility of the SU President, Sammi Storey, is the charity element of the Students’ Union, not the trading arm. He believes this new committee will create a ‘separation of powers’.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201618:33

A point about student engagement has been raised by a member of the audience when it comes to the Student Venues Committee, who asks: “how do you know you’re electing the right people” and says “we cannot get enough people here [at tonight’s meeting]”.

It’s an issue which continues to pop up at recent meetings and discussions, after the NUS debate also had a poor student turnout.
Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201618:41

One audience member says the idea of a Student Venues Committee is ‘an excellent first step’.

Meanwhile, Vice President for Academic Affairs, John-Paul Dickie, believes that students should come to the Student Leaders to raise ideas and concerns about student venues, and that “you do not need a student committee to do [that]”.
Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201618:50

The meeting now moves on to a discussion about the NUS’s ‘United for Education’ demonstration, which takes place in London on November 19.

Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) John-Paul Dickie, is the Student Leader responsible for this discussion, and is currently explaining things in more detail.
Should attendees vote for the Lincoln Students’ Union to attend the demonstration, students who wish to go along to the event must pay a £10 refundable deposit by this Friday.
Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201618:51

The meeting now moves on to a discussion about the NUS’s ‘United for Education’ demonstration, which takes place in London on November 19.

Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) John-Paul Dickie, is the Student Leader responsible for this discussion, and is currently explaining things in more detail.

Should attendees vote for the Lincoln Students’ Union to attend the demonstration, students who wish to go along to the event must pay a £10 refundable deposit by this Friday.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201618:53

Two of the many key aims of the demonstration will be to oppose the controversial Higher Education Bill and call for maintenance grants to be brought back.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201618:58

In order for a coach to take Lincoln students to the NUS demonstration in London, 15 students must pay their refundable deposit by Friday.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201619:01

The meeting moves on to ideas put forward on SUggestions – a section of the Students’ Union’s website where students can put forward ideas to be voted on.

The first motion being discussed is the creation of collection points and food banks on campus for students in need.
Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201619:14

There are currently five SUggestions on the website. One has been deemed ‘not plausible’, a motion on ‘keep left’ signs on the arts bridge has been ‘fast-tracked’, and three other motions can be voted on at: https://lincolnsu.com/suggestions.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201619:16

The next topic for discussion was the creation of gender-neutral toilets on campus, which received a lot of support from attendees tonight.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201619:18

Vice President for Welfare and Community, Tasnim Hassan, leads a discussion about community cohesion now at tonight’s All Students Members meeting.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201619:33

One audience member believes that we should be “encouraging communication between neighbours and students” when it comes to holding house parties, after the discussion moves to giving neighbours and local residents notice about when a student party is going ahead.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201619:41

Attendees at today’s All Student Members meeting are now evaluating the ASM. VPAA John-Paul Dickie says “we have had great topics and great conversation”, whilst one audience member argues that “we have not really changed anything”.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201619:43

The discussion has taken a bizarre detour, as members talk about pizza. Food was made available at previous Student Council meetings, but is no longer provided at All Student Members meetings.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201619:50

As the evaluation of tonight’s meeting continues, Bradley Allsopp calls for a ‘representative council’, whilst another attendee says he thinks there is a ‘biased democracy’ at All Students Members meetings.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201619:55

Student engagement has come up again tonight. School of Computer Science rep Mark Pastuszka said: “I think we need to be pushing it [All Students Members meetings] more”.

He goes on to add: “It’s great that we’re doing these things, but if no one is using them then what’s the point?”

Mark also commented the promotion of officer reports, which only a small number of students have voted upon.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201619:58

A date for Lincoln’s Students’ Union’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been confirmed and will take place on December 5.

Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201620:05

The All Students’ Members Meeting has now finished and that concludes our coverage for tonight.

Attendance and promotion of tonight’s ASM was a key issue touched upon tonight, and was apparent as once again, only a handful of students turned up for tonight’s proceedings.

Those interested in taking part in the NUS demonstration can pay a £10 refundable deposit at the SU reception by Friday. 15 students must do this in order for the event to go ahead.
Thanks for tuning in to our coverage. Make sure to like ‘The Linc’ on Facebook and follow @thelinc on Twitter to get all the latest updates.
Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201620:05

The All Students’ Members Meeting has now finished and that concludes our coverage for tonight.

Attendance and promotion of tonight’s ASM was a key issue touched upon tonight, and was apparent as once again, only a handful of students turned up for tonight’s proceedings.

Those interested in taking part in the NUS demonstration can pay a £10 refundable deposit at the SU reception by Friday. 15 students must do this in order for the event to go ahead.
Thanks for tuning in to our coverage. Make sure to like ‘The Linc’ on Facebook and follow @thelinc on Twitter to get all the latest updates.
Liam O'Dell Monday, November 7, 201620:09

The All Students’ Members Meeting has now finished and that concludes our coverage for tonight.

Attendance and promotion of tonight’s ASM was a key issue touched upon tonight, and was apparent as once again, only a handful of students turned up for tonight’s proceedings.

Those interested in taking part in the NUS demonstration can pay a £10 refundable deposit at the SU reception by Friday. 15 students must do this in order for the event to go ahead.

Thanks for tuning in to our coverage. Make sure to like ‘The Linc’ on Facebook and follow @thelinc on Twitter to get all the latest updates.

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