On behalf of the VP Engagement and External Engagement Zone, David Martin brought forward a proposal to add the Student Enterprise Officer (SEO) to the voting membership of the Student Groups Committee.
It was noted that SUSU Rule 6 does not state that the SEO should represent the enterprise societies. Furthermore, the External Engagment Zone (EEZ) By-law explains that the role of the Student Group Representative for EEZ is to represent all student groups who sit under the EEZ, which would include enterprise groups.
Jamie Hemingway explained that he has been in contact with the SEO throughout the year and they have worked closely together on the issue of enterprise groups. Currently, the SEO is an invited member to Student Groups Committee and has attended at least one meeting, althought it is not in their remit to do so. It was therefore suggested that, instead of changing the rules for one particular Officer, the SEO job description itself should be updated.
The Committee found that there was ambiguity over which student leaders (if any), looked after which student groups. David Martin explained that an outcome from this discussion would be to review the current membership of the Student Groups Committee and, in order to inform this review, the relationship between student leaders and student groups would also be explored i.e. who is representing each group.
The committee moved to a vote on the proposal; 1 voted for, 2 voted against and 0 abstained. This proposal was not passed.