Emily Dawes should set down

Anonymous submitted on

Wednesday 7th November 2018


I do not think that Emily Dawes should remain Union President. She does not represent the values of the University and I do not want her representing our student body. Her apology referring to herself as a 'a strong female leader' puts down the countless strong female leaders who do not need to use their gender as an excuse for their ignorant behaviour. She is publicising her own misguided views on a very public platform that represents our university and her lack of self-awareness is extremely concerning if she were to carry on her role as president. 


Here, you can view the complete set of official responses from the sabbatical officers regarding this submission.

Students' Union replied on

Thursday 20th Dec 2018 10:45am

Hi Anon,

Thank you for your suggestion, and apologies for the length of time it has taken to conclude this You Make Change.

The Students' Union has always been clear that we do not support Emily's comment in question as we recognise that it was deeply insensitive and inappropriate. Following on from the incident, SUSU carried out an internal investigation into whether there was a breach of our HR policy at which point Emily made the decision to resign from her post. Unfortunately due to the confidential nature of these proceedings this is all I know and this is also all I am legally allowed to disclose. We will always challenge extremist or inflammatory language where we find it, in line with our rules and procedures.

If you have any further concerns regarding this please feel free to email me at aupres@soton.ac.uk.

Best wishes,

Steve Gore, Acting President

Students' Union replied on

Tuesday 20th Nov 2018 1:44pm

Thank you for your submission, due to an ongoing HR process, we were unable to publish this You Make Change. Now that the process is concluded, and in the interest of transparency we will publish this and allow our usual processes to take place.

The most recent statement form the Union can be found here: https://blogs.susu.org/blog/2018/11/19/emily-dawes-to-stand-down-as-union-president/


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