Reforming the Role of Union Council Chair (1112P13)
Status: Lapsed | Zone: Democracy
Passed: 04/02/2014 |
This policy was discussed at the following meetings:
- There is a lack of written guidance about the role and responsibilities of Union Council Chair.
- Union Council has suffered from a lack of engagement and involvement by elected and non-elected members. A number of meetings have been inquorate during the current academic year.
- There is currently no suitable mechanism in place to ensure Sabbatical Officers (or others responsible) implement Union Council policies. The current medium is through disciplinary procedures.
- Union Council is one of the highest policy-making bodies within the Union thus an important place for scrutiny of Union procedures and Sabbatical Officers.
- Council Chair should be a champion of Union Council, speaking on behalf of council members when holding Sabbatical Officers to account
- In the interests of impartiality and separating the Sabbatical Officers from the body which holds them to account, responsibility for publicity of Union Council meetings should be transferred from the VP Communications to the Chair
- The Council Chair should not be charged solely with the order and speed of Union Council Meetings but also its effectiveness, integrity and overall success
- Whilst it is the Chair’s responsibility to keep and ensure progress during the course of meetings, the Chair is accountable to Union members and should not seek to control meetings entirely at their own discretion
- Require Constitution Committee to implement constitutional chances to the effect that:
(a) The role of Chair should include responsibility for the unbiased publicity of: the development of the agenda prior to Union Council meetings; providing all relevant details of all meetings, including agenda, locations, dates and times etc.; all decisions and outcomes made during Council meetings.
(b) Under the direction of Council members, be charged with ensuring the implementation of Union policy by Sabbatical Officers, guaranteeing their accountability to Council, including mandating Sabbatical Officers to explain their actions/inaction to Council on specific policy issues
(c) Any decision to restrict the length of any Council meeting or any part within it must be subject to a vote by Council Members
Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy