Flora Noble (FN - VP Communities) welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Yasmin Yu (YY - National Oceanography Centre Officer) gave an update on NOC. YY explained that she had found information in the common room to be out of date. YY advised that she could collect information from Highfield and take to NOC. Scott McCarthy (SM - Chief Executive) suggested that a screen be placed in the NOC Common Room. FN advised that these have been purchased from the 15/16 budget.
YY referred to point two of her focuses for the year ahead with regards to travel to NOC. YY explained that this can often take around 1 hour from Highfield Campus and had the potential to affect student experience.
YY had been in contact with staff at NOC regarding drop in services from the Union. YY waiting on dates and will advise the Union on when best to look at holding Advice Drop In's and Linked in Labs.
Giles Howard (GH - Postgraduate Research Officer) discussed his action points for the year ahead. GH explained that he aimed to get a full committee in place, scale back the coffee and cake drop in's. GH advised that this is a costly activity to run and that attendance had dropped. GH added that he is looking to run an Xmas event for Post Grads.
GH explained that he had been in contact with the Doctorial College regarding pay for PGR's who deliver teaching. GH added that many PGR's earn the less than minimum wage for the teaching the prepare and delivery. GH further added that he is working closely with Sonia Cottrell and the Doctoral College on employment law for PGR students.