.Representation

Annual General Meeting Agenda and Voting

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  2. Vote on the AGM Agenda items below

The AGM has now finished, so it is no longer possible to vote on agenda items
Making Change Summit (+AGM)
P 1. Minutes of the previous meeting

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P 2. Annual Reports

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3. Appointment of auditors

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It is proposed to continue the appointment of Crowe Clark Whitehill as auditors.

P 4. Resolution 1: Political Expenditure

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5. Resolution 2: What inscription should be written on the plaque to commemorate the passing of Susu, our cat and Honorary President?

The most preferred option for will be used as the inscription; therefore Option 1 was successfully voted on for the inscription.

Option 1:

What greater gift than the love of a cat. Charles Dickens

 

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Option 2:

Time spent with cats is never wasted. Sigmund Freud

 

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Option 3:

Arise from sleep, old cat, and with great yawns and stretchings, amble out for love. Kobayashi Issa

 

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6. Resolution 3: What action should the Union take in light of government changes banning card charges?

 

Option 1: 

Absorb the cost with no change to pricing.

We estimate that the Union incurs approximately £20,000 in card fees on transactions under £5 every year, and to absorb this cost will mean a reduction in the amount of surplus that Union Services (the part of the Union that runs the Shop, Bars and Catering) can contribute to other parts of the Union. Savings would therefore have to be found in other areas of the Union, for example grants to clubs and societies.

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Option 2: 

Manage the increased cost by increasing prices.

This option would have less of an impact on other parts of Union. However, raising prices might reduce sales, resulting in an overall lower turnover and surplus that can be reinvested in students. It also wouldn’t be as simple as simply adding £0.15 to all prices - the trading managers will need to consider the resulting prices and whether they remain competitive.

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Option 3:

Do not accept card payments under £5, requiring cash payments only.

Whilst this does remove the cost issue, it may have an indirect impact of reducing our sales.  In general there is a trend for less cash sales nationwide, in no small part due to the introduction of contactless.  The student market in particular has seen a positive uptake of contactless (including payment via mobile).  If we refuse to accept card payments for these transactions, we may see sales reduce and an increase in queues at cash points.

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Debates
7. How can we hold the Union to account? 10:00 -11:00
8. How can we improve study spaces on campus? 11:00 - 12:00
9. How should we represent international students? 12:00 - 13:00
10. Should we stop using straws at the Union? 13:00 - 14:00
11. How should we represent and support students in halls? 14:00 -15:00
12. What is the future for sports within the Union? 15:00 - 16:00