2015 Summary

 


The 2015 AGM took place at 6pm in Eclipse, Treforest Students’ Union with 184 students in attendance. The meeting was Chaired by Ebbi Ferguson, NUS Wales’ Deputy President and marked the first ever USW Students’ Union Annual General Meeting to reach quoracy! 

The motions submitted to the AGM were as follows (you can click on them to read more):

  1. Student Sex Worker Policy proposed by Ellen-Rose Jones
  2. Gender Neutral Toilets proposed by Carl Tubbs
  3. LGBT History Month proposed by Carl Tubbs
  4. Reinstatement of Reading Weeks proposed by Tom Alldridge

 

The Results 

The Accounts, Budget, Auditors and Affiliations were passed.

Ellen-Rose Jones’ motion proposing the Union should work alongside the University to help protect and support students involved in sex work was successfully passed. 

Carl Tubbs representing the LGBT Society proposed two motions – for the equal provision of Gender Neutral Toilets across all campuses, this motion passed. Secondly, Carl proposed that USWSU lobby the University to commit to promoting LGBT History month across all campuses through the lighting up of University buildings in rainbow colours, this motion was also passed. 

The final motion proposed by Tom Alldridge asked for the Union to lobby the University to reinstate reading weeks. The motion had gathered substantial interest prior to the event with 1,037 students petitioning for their reinstatement. Unsurprisingly, the motion attracted a wide range of questions from the floor. Following these questions, it was recommended by the Chair that the floor be allowed to suggest amendments to the motion. The outcome was an amendment to Resolution Two, and following a vote the following was added to the motion:

  • Schools and faculties should be given the choice as to whether or not to have Reading Weeks and all students, not just Course Representatives and SVRs should be part of that decision.
  • Students on courses that have Reading Weeks should have a reduction in their fees.

The motion was then passed, bringing the votes for motions to a close. 

For a full breakdown of the AGM 2015, download the AGM minutes hereAny suggested corrections regarding accuracy should be forwarded to the Membership Services Manager, Rhiannon Jones via email: rhiannon.jones@southwales.ac.uk these will be taken to the next general meeting.

 

Motion Outcomes

Gender Neutral Toilets

For the equal provision of Gender Neutral Toilets across all campuses. 

Outcome: this is now on the Schedule of Works with the University Estates department.

 

LGBT History Month

To lobby the University to commit to promoting LGBT History month across all campuses through the lighting up of University buildings in rainbow colours.

Outcome: LGBT History Month was celebrated across the University in February, one of the highlights included the University agreeing to lower the USW flag and replacing it with the LGBT flag.

 

Student Sex Worker Policy

Proposing the Union should work alongside the University to help protect and support students involved in sex work.

Outcome: The Union has been working with the University to embedd the policy into the USW Equalities Charter Mark, this work is ongoing. 

 

Reading Weeks

Proposing that the Union should lobby the University to reinstate reading weeks. 

Outcome: Following a process of lobbying, which included a direct letter to the Vice Chancellor, the University and Students' Union have negotiated an outcome that allows Course Leaders to determine how local provision is organised.