allow Union groups to apply for grant rounds
Samuel Pegg submitted on
Thursday 24th February 2022
Union groups exist as a lucky select few who don't have to apply for funding at the start of the year, guaranteed some money (varying from year to year). However, just because a Union group is guaranteed money, doesn't mean we receive tonnes more money than other societies (especially in comparison to Sport societies), and as I found out this year, that sum of money is also liable to sudden changes (and along comes with it the failure to let those student leaders know that their budgets have changed). While being a union group gives us some stability, it doesn't mean we're at any less of the mercy of SUSU and this year The Edge had to find that out the hard way. Told our budget was £4,000+, I immediately set about making good use of that money to redo the website and really push The Edge forward. Sadly, SUSU cut our budget and leaving us in a place where we could no longer accomplish the plans I had worked on with Ash. However, Grant rounds would have allowed us to secure the funding we needed (before I found out, I wanted to apply for £400) but sadly Union Groups are denied from applying. Now The Edge runs a risk with printing no more magazines for the rest of the year unless we fundraise enough money, which is now another stress to contend to for a committee mostly run by third years.
Here, you can view the complete set of official responses from the sabbatical officers regarding this submission.
Students' Union replied on
Wednesday 16th Mar 2022 4:12pm
Many thanks for your You Make Change,
After having previous and current discussions with yourself, the other Union Groups, and Media Heads we are looking into this as a possible restructure and will be having more conversations with yourself regarding the matter.
Ella Foxhall, VP Activities
Forwarded to Vice President Activities
Friday 25th Feb 2022 9:05am
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