Change our current full time officer roles to four full time open positions. All students run against each other, the four students with the most votes win.
What we know and believe:
-The current roles for Full Time Officers do not necessarily reflect the interests of the whole Greenwich student body
-There is not an even spread of candidates across current roles
-The Full Time Officer roles would attract high quality student leaders if they were more flexible, so students could campaign on their needs and interests, which often go beyond the current role descriptions
-Full time officers will achieve more impact by working together on common interests, rather than making false divisions
-Current staff have the resource available to support incoming Officers to divide ongoing work evenly amongst the team to ensure that all work is given equal attention
-Officers should reflect an ever changing student body, and students must have the power to direct the priorities of their leadership.
-To change the current full time officer roles (President, Vice President Education, Vice President Welfare and Vice President Student Activities) to four full time open remit roles. The candidate with the most votes will have the opportunity to become President, and the three candidates with the next highest vote count will become Vice Presidents.
-All students run against each other, the four students with the most votes win.
-Change all by-laws associated with full-time officer titles
-Replace any Union policy associated with the current roles and remits of full-time officers with the updated terminology and process
-Provide new guidance to students and candidates ahead of the Spring 2019 Election cycle
Students have direct influence over the priorities of the officers and the Union.
-The role of the SU is to represent students’ needs, with full time Officers in place to facilitate this at a senior, practical level within the University and SU
-Students should have the power to determine what the priorities of the full time officers are, as they will be holding their officers to account on these throughout the year
-It is vital that the SU gathers the views, needs and priorities of its members (students), and that the students who participate are reflective of the diverse Greenwich population
-To ensure that the SU is representative of all Greenwich students, it is important that the SU goes beyond facilitating members who are currently engaged, so that activity is not limited to only that which suits these students
-Engagement with SU activity, services and representation work will increase if it reflective of students, and if students have the opportunity to direct this throughout the year
-If remitted roles are removed, it is essential that we are able to check in on student priorities
-To support students to build priorities ahead of the annual elections cycle, through a variety of methods
-Ensure the students who participate in setting SU priorities are reflective of the diverse needs of Greenwich students by working with student researchers to identify priorities
-Provide multiple opportunities through multiple points in the year for students to influence Officer priorities
-Facilitate student collaboration by providing a range of outreach events and opportunities for student input
-For these student priorities to be combined and communicated to all students in February of each academic year.
-For these student determined priorities to be central in the accountability of Officers, both in reporting to assembly and trustee board
-For the SU to report twice annually on all activity that furthers student determined priorities
-It is vital to understand the needs and views of students who face additional barriers whilst studying
-The lived experience of students who face additional barriers whilst studying is essential to understanding these students’ needs and views
-These needs and views are essential to inform Officer campaigns, SU activity, and SU recommendations to the University
-Students who face barriers to their learning often face similar barriers in engaging with their SU
-It is the responsibility of the SU to ensure that our structures and processes are as accessible and engaging as possible.
-It is important that these views, and subsequent recommendations, are championed to the University in a format which is robust.
GSU further believes:
-The SU should be providing paid opportunities for students to research the needs of their peers
-Students currently struggle to maintain their academic commitments alongside financial commitments (such as part-time jobs) in addition to taking on a voluntary role as a representative
-Students who face additional barriers whilst studying should not be asked to provide unpaid labour
-Employability and opportunities are important to Greenwich students
-It is important to provide students with an opportunity to make change on their own behalf, as well as providing opportunities for skills development
-Replace part-time officer positions with paid student research roles
-Remove part-time officer positions from all governing documents
-Student Research roles will be guaranteed a minimum of eight hours work per week, and paid a living wage in line with SU student staff guidance
-Student researchers will be supported through SU student staff line management processes within the Representation Team
-Student research findings will be reported to the Greenwich Assembly (or equivalent) and findings will be used in the development of campaigns and other representation and reporting across the SU
-Develop job descriptions for the roles alongside current part-time officers
-If there are financial barriers to this implementation, liberation (women, disabled, LGBT+, BAME) student researchers should be prioritised.
-Greenwich students are most concerned with changes affecting their course (80% of students from research in 2018)
-Greenwich students identify most strongly within their course
-Representing students’ interests is one of our core purposes as a Students’ Union, as determined by both the SU Big Plan and the Education Act 1994 (“promoting the general interests of its members as students”)
-The success of the Academic Representation programme signifies the appetite for student engagement with representation when it is explicitly connected with academic matters
-Internal changes to the Students’ Union’s processes are not a priority for students to be involved in, therefore we should facilitate changes at a more relevant and local Faculty level.
-All students are part of a Faculty at University of Greenwich, therefore all students should have the opportunity to participate equally by facilitating at this level.
-Research has consistently shown there is low engagement from wider students with the current system of Student Council
-Remove and replace all reference to “Student Council” with “Greenwich Assembly”
-Implement the structure proposed by the “Greenwich Assembly” model for academic year 2019/2020, with decision making facilitated at a faculty level, ensuring that all students have access to local level decision making through existing Programme Representatives.
-For the “Greenwich Assembly” to oversee decision making, officer accountability, and make recommendations.
-For student researchers to provide data, insights and recommendations based on Greenwich students’ needs
-Collaborate with students and current representatives on the implementation of the “Greenwich Assembly” model and annual mechanisms
-For the final mechanisms of the Assembly to be approved by Trustee Board as part of the by-law changes to be submitted in May
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