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Title: Student Councillor Training 20th April 2008


1
Student Councillor Training 20th April 2008
2
Learning Objectives / Agenda
  • Introduction Icebreaker
  • Student Council Charter Revisited
  • The Purpose of Student Council What Its For
  • Who are the Student Councillors?
  • The Structure of Student Council How It Works
  • Introduction to Writing and Understanding Motions
  • Effective Representation
  • Your Duties as a Student Councillor
  • Summary and Close

3
Student Council Charter
  • Respect safe space
  • Action points
  • Feedback
  • Constructive participation
  • No arguing obstructively
  • Supportive atmosphere
  • Vote is final
  • Stick to point
  • People not judged
  • Time
  • Agreed at Student Councillor training, February
    2008

4
The Purpose of Student Council What Its For
  • From Bye-Law 2
  • Student Council is established by these Bye-laws
    to fulfil the following purposes.
  • 1.1. To receive and consider reports from the
    Trustees, Student Community Forums, Scrutiny
    Committees and Action Committees/Groups
  • 1.2. To make recommendations to the Trustees of
    NSU The Trustees may only refuse to adopt
    Council recommendations on financial grounds,
    charity and education law or other legal
    requirement.
  • 1.3. To make motions of no-confidence in one or a
    number of Trustees
  • 1.4. To review and scrutinise the decisions and
    actions of the Trustees of NSU
  • 1.5. To discuss, debate and decide on issues
    pertinent to students
  • 1.6 To make campaigning, representation and
    political policy as appropriate
  • Cont…

5
The Purpose of Student Council What Its For
  • Cont…
  • 1.7. To convene Student Community Forums,
    consider its reports and agree actions required
  • 1.8. To appoint and convene Scrutiny Committees
    and to determine their remit and membership
  • 1.9. To convene other committees, meetings and
    groups so as to carry forward the mandate of
    Council and turn this into action to have a
    positive impact on student lives
  • 1.10. To consider and approve the appointment and
    re-appointment of Non-Student Trustees
  • 1.11 To consider and approve the appointment and
    re-appointment of Student Trustees
  • 1.12. To admit and remove Associate Members,
    Reciprocal, Life and Honorary Life Members of the
    Union.

6
Who are the Student Councillors?
  • 35 Student Councillors
  • 5 Sabbatical Officers (4 until July 2008)
  • President Martin Farr
  • VP Education and Welfare Lisa Burton
  • VP Student Activities Ivan Blackwell
  • VP Finance and Commercial Services Steve Ross
  • - Elected by cross-campus ballot

7
Who are the Student Councillors?
  • 9 School Reps
  • Applied Sciences Carol Hamilton
  • Arts and Social Sciences Jamie Phillips
  • Built Environment Paul Hamilton
  • Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences
    David Caldwell
  • Design Tom Gyr
  • Health, Community and Education Studies Clare
    Prudham
  • Law Holly Hughes
  • Newcastle Business School Simon Sundberg
  • Psychology and Sports Studies Lynsey Dawson
  • - Elected at School Rep Forum

8
Who are the Student Councillors?
  • 1 PGR Rep Libby Orme
  • - Elected at PGR School Rep Forum
  • 4 Chairs
  • Chair of Societies VACANT
  • Chair of Coach Lane Forum VACANT
  • Chair of Student Community Action Anna Harland
  • Chair of RAG Hilary Ellis
  • - Elected at the relevant Committee or Forum

9
Who are the Student Councillors?
  • 5 International Students Caucus Group
    Representatives
  • China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Rep Allie
    Chang
  • East Asia Rep Amunah Venugopal
  • South Asia Rep Harshad Parashare
  • Europe Rep Endika Huescar Gutierrez
  • Rest of World Rep Babasola Bamiro
  • Elected at a meeting of the relevant Caucus Group
  • Only students from the appropriate region may
    vote in each election

10
Who are the Student Councillors?
  • 6 other Caucus Group Representatives
  • Black and Minority Ethnic Rep Josephine
    Mudzingwa
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Rep Peter
    Woodward
  • Womens Rep Jennifer Empson
  • Mature Students Rep Steven Clarke
  • Disabled Students Rep Dean Stobbart
  • Part-Time Students Rep VACANT
  • Elected at a meeting of the relevant Caucus Group
  • Only students from the appropriate section of the
    student community may vote in each election
    principle of autonomous liberation

11
Who are the Student Councillors?
  • 5 Lay Student Councillors
  • Nicola Porter
  • Tom Sanderson
  • Paul Phillips
  • Paul Clifton
  • Roz Khan
  • - Elected by cross-campus ballot

12
The Structure of Student Council How It Works
  • Submitting Policy Motions
  • Submit your policy motion to the Advice and
    Representation Centre 7 working days before the
    meeting
  • All policy motions must have a proposer and a
    seconder
  • Non-Councillors may submit a policy motion by
    petition of 50 signatures from Northumbria
    students
  • Meeting papers are circulated to all Student
    Councillors and made available at www.mynsu.co.uk
    and on the Democracy Board 5 working days before
    the meeting

13
The Structure of Student Council How It Works
  • Debating Policy Motions
  • Speech in favour property of the proposer
  • If the policy motion is proposed by petition, the
    non-Councillor proposing the motion will have
    full speaking rights
  • Speech against open
  • Further speeches for and against are at the
    Chairs discretion
  • The maximum duration of speeches for and against
    will be equal, but will be at the Chairs
    discretion
  • Maximum 5 minutes of general discussion for each
    motion
  • Summary speech property of the proposer

14
The Structure of Student Council How It Works
  • Amending Policy Motions by Taking Parts
  • Following debate and before the summary speech, a
    Councillor may propose to take parts on a
    policy motion to remove part of the text, but not
    to add to the motion or to change wording in the
    text
  • The process for taking parts is a speech in
    favour, a speech against and a summary speech by
    the proposer of the parts

15
The Structure of Student Council How It Works
  • The Voting Process
  • Non-Councillors may not vote, even if they have
    proposed the motion by petition
  • Councillors will have to state in turn out loud
    their position on the motion
  • There are three options in favour, against and
    abstain
  • How you vote will be recorded in the minutes and
    is available to any student to see so use your
    vote wisely!
  • Policy passed at Student Council remains in place
    for 3 years unless further policy is passed to
    remove it

16
Writing Understanding Motions
  • What is the purpose of your motion?
  • How should you structure a motion?
  • Background/evidence whats the issue?
  • Your input/argument why does this matter?
  • Your proposal what should Council vote to agree
    to do?
  • Example of a good motion

17
Writing Understanding Motions
  • Note structure of motions - usually
  • This Union notes…
  • This Union believes…
  • This Union resolves…
  • Some vocabulary for motions
  • Instruct Commend
  • Mandate Lobby
  • Condemn

18
Effective Representation
  • What are the issues that most affect Northumbria
    students today?
  • What is representation?
  • representation - the act of representing
    standing in for someone or some group and
    speaking with authority in their behalf
    www.thefreedictionary.com
  • Evidence-based Representation
  • How will you represent your constituents?

19
Your Duties as a Student Councillor
  • To attend meetings of Student Council, roughly
    once a month during term time
  • To participate in training sessions for Student
    Councillors
  • To chair the Meetings or Forums of the group that
    you represent
  • e.g. School Reps Course Rep Forums
  • Caucus Group Reps Caucus Groups
  • From time to time you might also be invited to
    participate in other events and workshops in your
    capacity as a Student Councillor these are
    optional

20
Summary Close
  • Thank you any questions?
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