Sabbatical Term Limits (1314P19), proposed by Gabriela Discenza.
This policy proposal was first brought to the AGM, held on 14th May. Members passed a procedural motion to refer this policy proposal to the Union President and the Democracy Zone Committee. The committee must now decide how they would like this proposal to go forward. David Martin began the discussion by recommending more research be carried out on this topic before a proposal is taken to Union Council. Gabriela explained that, as the proposer of this paper, she would like to see it be taken to Union Council to be voted on or have a referendum called.
Some members of the group were generally in favour of more research being carried out. It was also suggested that this idea be taken to an ideas discussion at Union Council. However, the next Union Council on 9th June would not be having any informal discussion session and it was felt that Council did not reach a wide enough audience, hence why it had been taken to the AGM.
Nickola suggested that relevant staff and students could work together to create a comprehensive research brief which would include scheduled progress updates throughout the year. Josh and Gabriela asked who would be carrying out this research. Nickola explained that there are many research companies to choose from, if it was decided to do this externally. The actual research brief would be created by students and staff.
The committee approved the following actions:
- The Democracy Zone Committee will bring a complete research brief to the first Zone Committee after the first Union Council of the new academic year (provisionally week 5 for the Zone meeting).
Guy added a POI: Any prohibition on re-runners will have to be taken to the University for them to approve changes to the Articles of Association, which will be a slow process, and therefore it's unlikely any changes would come into effect for the 2015 Spring Elections.
Improved Leadership and Representation Policy (1314P28), proposed by Emily Shepherd.
This policy proposal was first brought to the AGM, held on 14th May. Members passed a procedural motion to refer this policy proposal to Union Council with a view to hold a referendum. As the AGM has asked that it be taken to Union Council for a decision, Union Council may decide to call a referendum on this issue.
The committee decided to take the following actions:
- Take this policy to be voted at Union Council (mandated by AGM).
- Have an ideas discussion during the informal session of the first Union Council held in the new academic year.