Kerry gave a presentation, outlining the proposed changes and why they are necessary.
Alex asked about the signposting session and whether issues could be sent to Trustee Board. Kerry said that they would be.
Alex also asked about the Chair of Senate and whether it would be an independent person or one of the Full Time Officers. Kerry said that they had spoken about this issue but wanted to ask the Committee. Frazer and Giles said that they thought an impartial person would be best, with Giles saying that a Full Time Officer with a political agenda could abuse the position if also the Chair of Senate.
Alex also asked what the open positions on Senate would be called (e.g. Union Senators). Kerry said that they had discussed this but hadn’t decided on a name yet.
Frazer questioned how often Senate would meet. Kerry said that Senate would less regular meetings but could, be called when it is needed at other times.
Frazer also asked about the Facilities and Services body. Kerry said that it came from thinking about what didn’t fit in zones and they now had to define its purpose clearly and decide what the membership would be.
Frazer also spoke about the online discussion aspect of You Make Change, saying that there’s the need for that after the Ideas and Open Discussion Facebook Group stopped being used.
Darren asked how students will know that the Union has done something because there needs to be something to replace the Union Mandates section. Kerry said that this was a really good point and would think about what they could do.
Giles spoke about the Action Log policy, saying that the ability for students to track an idea and see the progress is very important.
Alex asked about being able to upvote on online discussion comments. Kerry said that this would be a feature alongside more options.
Giles asked about impact of the Democracy Review on the Spring Elections e.g. candidates could be running for roles that will change. Guy said that the only major change would be that Union Councillor elections would likely be suspended and could be run in the Summer Elections if they needed to be.
Giles also asked about when the new zones would meet. Kerry said that they were looking at the times when students are most likely to engage politically with SUSU and to match the zone meetings with these times.