Last Wednesday (27th October), your Student Parliament met to discuss some motions and reports put to the house.
First up were the reports from the President and VP Wellbeing. Both passed with most points of each being completed or in progress. We'll update this news piece as final vote records are finalised and released.
Next up were the motions to the house:
Create a Vice President Education
A motion to adjust the remit of the Union President and formalise the work of improving Learning and Teaching within the 5 campuses into a single post.
End Weekend Exams
A motion to adjust the University exam schedule to run exams from Monday-Friday only.
Take a Remain Stance
A motion to campaign and advocate for the UK to remain within the European Union.
Student Staff in Parliament
A motion to remove Section 3.1.1 from the Bye-Laws of the Student Union. This would see student staff members of the Union able to also hold any voluntary position within the Student Parliament.
The Union as a Living Wage Employer
A motion to increase the minimum wage of the Union staff members to align with the hourly rate as set by the Living Wage Foundation going forward.
Deadline Extensions for all Students
A motion to lobby the University to implement a system to grant specific deadline
extensions to all students on request in the event of mitigating circumstances and grant automatic extensions to those with additional
support needs through the Disability Service.
Better Academic Representation for PGT Students
A motion to provide adequate training session(s) for PGT Class Representatives and create a PGT MP position
Support for Students in Orkney
A motion to lobby the University to provide better pastoral support to students on Orkney
and especially to their disabled students so to support their additional support needs.
All motions passed, with the full document detailing the background motivations and future direction available here.
If you're interested in the motions passed and would like to contact your Student MP, you can find their contact details here.
If you'd like to get involved with representation within the Union, check out our Facebook (@HWUnion) for our future open student groups!