Democracy Zone (1st June 2015)


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Name of Committee Democracy Zone
Date and time 1st June 2015, 13:00
Place The Board Room
Present Members
Union President David Mendoza-Wolfson
Vice President Democracy and Creative Industries Megan Downing
Clubs and Societies Officer Chris McGeehan
Vice President Sports Katie Lightowler
Union Council Representative (Union Councillor) Frazer Delves
In Attendance
(non-voting officers and staff)
Union Council Chair Ben Morton
Democracy Coordinator Guy Drury
Absent with Apologies Union Council Representative (Union Councillor) Ed Baird
Non-members Jade Head
Jenny Bortoluzzi
1. Apologies and attendance

The Chair welcomed the members to the meeting. Also present were Jade Head, Frazer Delves and Jenny Bortoluzzi.

2. Minutes from the last meeting

The minutes were accepted on a clear show of hands.

Student Groups
3. Student Groups update

Chris McGeehan noted some of the suggestions from the recent meeting of Student Groups Committee.

4. Elections for Union Councillors at every Union Council

It was noted that the Democracy Review may limit the life of this idea, but it was agreed that it was a good idea and would be implemented in the coming year.

5. Democracy Review: timeline

It was mentioned that Sabbs would be touring other SUs over summer to gather ideas.

The timeline was approved on a clear show of hands.

6. Public voting records at Union Council

The Committee were informed that this was technically possible, and would be looked into.

7. Renaming the RAG Officer

Jenny said that she believed that the current title lacked clarity and prestige, and that it conflicted with the RAG Officers on JCR Committees. After a lengthy discussion, the Committee agreed to approve the Rule amendment.

8. Notice and papers for Zone Committees

Jade explained that the proposal was to ensure that the currently accepted practice is formalised, and becomes a clear requirement. The Rule amendment was approved on a clear show of hands.

Any other business
9. Date of the next meeting

The date and time of the next meeting would be in the next academic year, and would be circulated to the new Committee in due course.

Key: P (Papers Provided), PF (Papers to Follow)