Consider the workload impact of new initiatives on committee members before implementing them

Anonymous submitted on

Friday 8th November 2019


While not making any opinion on the usefulness of the new WIDE training. it would be nice for the impact on committee members workload to be taken into consideration in future as a lot of committee members I've spoken to currently feel as though SUSU does not appreciate what they do and feel like the amount of hoops they are having to jump through is significantly increasing. Releasing compulsory training while everyone is in the middle of mid terms is not ideal- could any future initiatives be timed to co-incide with holidays when people have more time to actually do them?


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Students' Union replied on

Friday 15th Nov 2019 1:46pm


Thanks for your YMC. 

I fully appreciate your concern and frustration with this. I was running 2 societies last year, so I do understand the workload and appreciate that its not the best timing. I'd like to walk you through my reasonings for the current timing.

1) As it is the first time we have done this, and we have had multiple reports of a similar nature to some of the topics in the training, we felt some urgency that this needed to be addressed. As current committees still have 6 months left, we wanted to ensure they are adequately prepared and informed for the next 6 months. This coincided with the next funding round and was the only time we could jump on before it was too late and we would have had to wait until the new committees were elected. 

2) Because its the first time we have done this, I also wanted to get as much feedback as possible on the training so that when we improve it for the next committee, it is up to speed. 

3) The overall timing of the training WILL be from Easter going forward, when the committees have been elected, and they will have most of the summer before the first grant funding round has opened to complete it as well. 

I hope this is clear enough and explains my reasons for this. I wrote in multiple emails and promotion as well to say that if people need more time, we can come to an arrangement, and that includes things like extra stress, etc. 

If you would like to arrange this with me, please send me an email at! 


Laura Barr 

VP Welfare and Community 



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    Friday 15th Nov 2019 1:09pm


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Cori Haws commented on

Friday 15th Nov 2019 1:18pm

Almost everything SUSU does seems to be rushed to implimentation, with many things such as accessibility being afterthoughts.

It's consistantly seems to be trying to appear to be doing this simply because they think they are expected to do them - in an attempt to increase the unions rankings.

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