Executive Committee 2017 – 2018
Over the last year the Executive Committee has seen so much change and members from across the campuses and made some big changes. To begin with two students, one from Canterbury and one in Epsom who were co-opted to fill the two remaining positions meaning the committee had full representation for the year. One of the first major pieces of work the committee had to do was get the governance and democracy of the Students’ Union up to date. These included:
- Changing the committee name
- Improving full time officer (President & Vice-President) accountability and giving the power to the committee to no confidence an officer for neglect of duties
- Improving executive officer accountability including a development process
- Amending by-laws to remove non existent committees
- How long a Policy lasts for
The Executive Committee also discussed and passed the following motions and policy:
The No Platform policy says that the Union will not allow any individual known to hold racist or fascist views from entering Union premises and reject individuals on University property, or allow them to speak at any event. This also includes officers sharing spaces with individuals that hold racist or fascist views.
Improving the quality and value of food at UCA
This policy mandates the Union to lobby the University on pricing, using locally sourced foods, providing more dietary options such as vegan and vegetarian on a daily basis. To promote healthy foods and improve quality of service. The policy also mandated the Union to make sure food was available to students of religious backgrounds.
Executive Committee Awareness
This policy acts to make students aware of the Executive Officers and the Executive Committee and the decisions it makes.
The Prevent agenda, as part of the government’s ‘anti-extremism’ work, has been used to create an expensive surveillance architecture to spy on the public and to police dissent, systematically targeting Black people and Muslims. This policy also mandates the Union to boycott prevent and actively campaign against it.
Support UCU Strikes
This was an emergency motion for UCASU to stand in solidarity and support UCU striking staff due to the pension cuts in the 2018 strikes.
This motion outlined how UCASU would being formal representation for Further Education students into the democracy of the Students’ Union.
Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
Israel is occupying and colonising Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, the BDS call urges action to pressure Israel to comply with international law.
Trans & Non-Binary
This policy notes that transgender and non-binary students are disadvantaged and marginalised in society and at UCA, facing issues like harassment, misgendering, lack of access to adequate healthcare, lack of access to appropriate toilets, poorer employment prospects, lack of appropriate prefixes, lack of non-binary recognition and difficulties in changing university details.
It mandates the union to break down the barriers for Trans on Non-Binary students as identified in the policy, as well as to run a fundraising event for which money raised will go towards supporting Trans and Non-Binary students in running campaigns.
I would like to say a massive thank you to the Campus Executives this year and all the hard work and contributions they made.
If you'd like to know more you can find current policy at ucasu.com/accountability/