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SUBJECT LEADERS
George Stanbury (Senior Students' Union Representative)3 months ago

Hey Grey,

Congratulations on making it through the year - I hope you're all happy with your results and looking forward to a well-earned rest this summer!
 
Before you forget Durham for a while, I'm here to tell you about a wonderful opportunity - to become one of Grey's new SUBJECT LEADERS!

What is this, you may ask? Well, as one of our lovely Subject Leaders, you'll be there for students, old and new, to help them with any questions or problems they may have about your course and, if you'd like, to help your course bond with some cracking socials (dress as your subject's a personal fave). The time commitment is as much or as little as you make of it, so there's flexibility to fit it in with your other commitments!

So, think Social Sec for your subject, with a side of discussing which lecturers/modules are worth avoiding! What's more, it's a great thing to add to your CV, showing leadership, organisation, great communication skills and an acute interest in your chosen field of study!

You can apply by yourself, or in a pair, and we're looking for Subject Leaders in every course, including Nat Sci and Combined/Liberal Arts/whatever my degree's now calling itself. To apply, just fill out this 5-minute form by the 1st July: https://goo.gl/forms/3zFAKtTbKmX4g7qv2

If you have nay questions or want more info, get in touch by email or Facebook - I'd love to hear your ideas for the year!

Enjoy your summer guys!
 

VOTE FOR YOUR FUTURE
George Stanbury (Senior Students' Union Representative)4 months ago

Hey Grey! 

Brexit means Brexit but does an election vote mean you'll vote? I know there's loads to do at the moment but this a quick one to get you to REGISTER TO VOTE! It's been shown time after time that students are less likely to vote than older people, so REGISTER TO VOTE

To REGISTER TO VOTE, click here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

When you REGISTER TO VOTE, don't forget that you can register at home or in Durham but not both as this is a general election (voting in both constituencies is ILLEGAL). Think tactically about where your vote could matter more if you wanna be sly, but remember you'll need to vote by post (get it sent to Grey!) or proxy if you want to vote in your home constituency. 

On voting day, I'll be walking people to polling stations from Grey in case you don't know where to go (though not too early, it's the day after Phoenix Ball). 

#RIPPEDOFF

The SU is running a campaign to reduce accommodation costs because, in short, they're disgustingly expensive. If costs had risen with inflation over the last 9 years, you'd only be paying about £5775 for a term-time catered room instead of the £6940 livers in will pay next year. Because that price is an absolute mare, the SU want the cost of living in to be lowered - to find out more and sign the petition they're running, have a look here: https://www.change.org/p/durham-university-cut-college-costs-at-durham-university-rippedoff

There'll be a protest and a competition later in term and I'll be in touch with more deets post-exams!

Congrats for getting to the end of this - if revision gets too much and you need a comforting ear, tweet Stormzy. There's an off chance he might do something amazing like give you £9,000, which he did yesterday to help one of my friends so she can pay for her Master's at Harvard!

Union Love, 

Assembly and Accommodation Fees!
George Stanbury (Senior Students' Union Representative)4 months ago

 

Hey Grey, 

Hope you guys are having a good week and the library seshes aren't too long! To get you through - have a watch of this, Alan never fails to sort me out when I'm stressed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCt1yRMjo0A

Next Tuesday 9th at 7:00pm in ER201 is Assembly, where the SU discusses what they're up to as well as new societies, policies and ideas to help you guys get the most from being at Durham. You can have a look at the agenda here

The main things that will be discussed are: 

  • New society ratification (pages 15-16)
  • To lobby the university to integrate registering to vote with registration at Durham (pages 18-19) 
  • Changing the start/end date of SU Sabbs (page 38) 
  • Launching a new campaign about accommodation fees (pages 64-5) - this includes lobbying the University to drop fees by over £1,300!

If you have any opinions or questions whatsoever about anything that's being discussed (particularly accommodation fees and voting), drop me a line or a Facebook message - to represent you guys, the SU need to know what you're thinking! 

One last thing: you might have seen that the NUS passed a motion that "banned whooping" from conferences in favour of "jazz hands", proposed by a Durham NUS delegate. I just wanted to let you all know that the idea was to encourage people to show their support by clapping in sign language (definitely not jazz hands), to help people who are deaf or have sensory issues to feel more comfortable during a very noisy conference. Whether you agree with this measure or not, this has been very badly misrepresented by the media and definitely undermines the great work NUS conference has done in lots of areas this week! 

Keep ploughing through Grey - you're bossing it! 

George xox

I will try not to waste your time
Miranda Van-noorden (Chair)4 months ago

Hey Grey, 
I know everyone is super stressed right now due to exams approaching, but there are still a few roles up for grabs... fortunately this will be literally the shortest meeting ever! 

JCR Meeting: Sunday 7th May, 20:00

Elected Role:
Secretary

Manage to type every word said in lectures? Want to know all the secrets of college without having to say a word yourself? 

Ironically below are a few words from our previous secretary Rachael Graham:
"Being secretary has been a great experience, getting to know what happens in the JCR and the brilliant people who run it. You get to see everything that goes on behind the scenes and be as involved as you like. It inspired me to get more involved in college life and go on to run for another executive position."

The deadline for submitting motions and applying for secretary is Wednesday 3rd May. 

Please leave an envelope in the JCR Exec pigeon hole in the post room including:
1. Your nomination form
2. Manifesto (please also email a copy)
3. Any other campaign material

More informtation on how to run can be found under the 'Running for a Position' tab on my blog. 'Want to submit a motion?' can also be found here https://greyjcr.com/jcr/blog/chair

Husted Role: 
Gym Manager 

No time to spare preparing? Just turn up on the day and say a few words

Spend more time in the gym than you do in the library? Think you could organise memberships and inductions effectively?

Feel free to contact me if you are interested and what to find out more.
Good luck finding a seat in the library,
Miranda xox

 

Bouncy Castles and Dogs!
George Stanbury (Senior Students' Union Representative)5 months ago

Hey Grey,

I hope you've all had a super Easter holiday! This is a quick one to introduce myself as your new SU Rep, and let you know about a few things that are going on this week! I'll be in Spain until a few days before Grey Day, but if you need any help with anything SU related, drop me an email or a Facebook message and I'll be happy to help!

WORK SMART

The SU will be running loads of lovely activities to help get you through revision and exams, including guide dog sessions and bouncy castle visits. To find out more about the support there is, as well as some advice on how to look after yourself during exam season (just 40 days till Grey Day), take a look here: http://www.durhamsu.com/worksmart

Higher Education and Research Bill

You'll have heard that there's a general election happening, but you might not know that the Government are tying up loose ends before Parliament's dissolved. The HE and Research Bill is one which really affects students and university, most obviously through increasing tuition fees. There are a few changes suggested which the NUS are campaigning for. The changes will:

- Cut the link between TEF and fees (Meaning that "great" universities will not be able to increase tuition fees faster than "good" universities)
- Remove international students from immigration figures
- Protect students from the risk of new HE providers
- Make it easier for students to be registered to vote

If you're interested in supporting this campaign, get in touch with your MP through this link: https://www.nus.org.uk/HEBill. It makes life so easy for you - it'll get in touch automatically

NUS Conference

We are in the middle of the NUS Conference, and there are some really great things being debated. We have five delegates, one of whom, Tom Harwood, is running to be the new NUS President. If you're interested in keeping up with what's happening, take a procrastinatory gander here: http://conference.nusconnect.org.uk/

Best of luck with revising - if you hit a wall, have a listen to this to help you reset: https://open.spotify.com/track/3ZTlVHzTAzcBxrLQuEPb0u

Assembly and goodbye
Nicola Tweedy (Senior Students' Union Representative)6 months ago

Hi Grey!

Assembly

Last week I went to assembly! Highlights included officer reports, ratification of ELSA and Bar Soc, and the rejection of the controversial HeforShe society. The full minutes will be available to view soon on the SU website. Any questions or if you want to know more, just ask :)

Also this week in the SU, it was announced that Laura Tidd is going to be the UG Academic Officer for 2017/2018- well done to Laura! 

Goodbyeeeeee

This is my last email as your SU Rep! I've had a great time doing the role this year, and hope that I've sparked some of your interest in the union. I would also like to say congratulations to your new SU Rep- George Stanbury! I'm sure he will do a fantastic job. 

“I think silence is one of the failures of people today. When they see an injustice or intolerance, and they stay silent - that's the worst thing.” - Anonymous 

Union love forever 

Nicola xxx

VOTING IS NOW OPEN
Miranda Van-noorden (Chair)6 months ago

Click on Elections on the toolar at the top of this page to vote now.

https://greyjcr.com/admin/elections/9

Voting is now open for the roles of 

Vice President
Bar Manager
Secretary
Representatives Officer
Students' Union Representative 
Charities Officer
Environment and Ethics Officer

 

A video of the VP husts will be sent out shortly (many thanks to Steve).
You have until 8pm tomorrow to vote, with the results being announced in the bar at 10pm.

Your vote matters,
Miranda xox

 

Formal Committee Applications
Timothy Avni (Vice-President)6 months ago

FORMAL COMMITTEE

LOVE FORMALS?

WANT GUARANTEED AND FREE SPOTS ON FORMAL?

HAVE SOME GREAT IDEAS FOR FORMALS?
EX-FORMAL COMM MEMBER BEN ALLEN SAID "10/10, WOULD COMM AGAIN"

SIGN UP FOR FORMAL COMM https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnN0gFh3OQPv7E2AkVE0eMu1IYzoX76CyBgOT90S-DaxWFxg/formResponse

Applications close on Monday at Midnight. Interviews will be before the end of term.

Any questions, don't hesitate to ask

Battle for VP Victory
Miranda Van-noorden (Chair)6 months ago

Hey Grey,

Timmy takeover is now over and there is a long list of candidates wanting to replace him...

Vice President
Eliza Beaumont

Proposer: Frances Crowcombe
Seconders: Callum Stewart, Emily Lauterpacht, Xiyin Chen, Hugo Briggs

Milly Esmund
Proposer: Frazer Levett
Seconders: Ashleigh Torrington, George Garnett, Lydia Gibson, George Friend

Conor Pey
Proposer: Marvin Wong
Seconders: Alex Myall, Billi Golland, Will Batt, Eve Smyth

Calum Scott
Proposer: Ollie Gosnold
Seconders: Sol Gelsomino, Oscar Lingard, Grace Bryan, Harry Shepherd

Representatives Officer
Rachael Graham

Proposer: Isla Mackenzie
Seconders: Alex Myall, Joseph Kavanaugh, Conor Pey

Bar Manager
Finlay Welsh

Proposer: Leo Petty
Seconders: Kerry Bromfield, Liam Traynor, Lara McLeod

Students' Union Representative
George Stanbury

Proposer: Sol Gelsomino
Seconders: Abi Skyrme-Jones, Flick Liu, Ryan West

 

Charities Officer
Zoe Huggins
 and Anna Ley
Proposer: Ashleigh Torrington
Seconders: Simon Gomez Cullen, Katie Haigh, Ronni Anand, Barney Martin

Environment and Ethics Officer
Kathryn Stockton

Proposer: Milly Esmund
Seconders: Gabriela Smetankova, Jack Hodges, Raya Al Saket, Henry Folds

Check out their manifestos on the JCR website https://greyjcr.com/services/elections

We are also looking for another Sub-editor of Grey Matter. This is set to be an exciting role as the new Editor Stuart Flegg has big changes in mind! Please just stand up and hust for this in the meeting on Sunday.

A reminder that you can submit targeted question for any of the candidates running for election. This means you will anonymously be able to ask a question directly to an individual candidate as you will not be able to do this in the meeting. Questions will be read out at my discretion. You will be able to ask non-targeted questions in the meeting by putting up your hand.

Miranda xox

Assembly, Officer Elections, Dissertation binding dealzzz $$$
Nicola Tweedy (Senior Students' Union Representative)6 months ago

Hi Grey,

Hope summative stress isn't getting you down. Please remember to look after yourself and give yourself some down time if you need it! 

Assembly

Just to let you know this is my LAST EVER assembly as your union rep this week :'( 

Here is what is up on the agenda: 

- As usual, reports from all your officers 

- Societies up for ratification include: Guinness Society, Quiz Society, Durham Dutchies, Durham Society for Economic Pluralism, Saudi Student Society, Primatological Society

- Societies which have some objections towards them and will be discussed are: Bar Society (not the alcoholic kind and I though, the lawyery type one), HeforShe Society, Enhancing Legal Sector Access (ELSA)

- Up for discussion are the idea of a student rent guarantor scheme for students who struggle to find a financially stable guarantor in the UK (for example international students or those from low income backgrounds) and thestrengthening of NUS democracy 

As always, if anyone is interested in attending assembly with me it's tomorrow evening at 19.00 in ER201. Full papers (as well as minutes for the last assembly) can be viewed here: 

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/nusdigital/document/documents/32354/c72ea3facb8069480f27d603a452038f/Assembly_Papers_09.03.17.pdfhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/nusdigital/document/documents/32354/c72ea3facb8069480f27d603a452038f/Assembly_Papers_09.03.17.pdf

UG Academic Officer Elections 

You know how we can now eat in the billy b foyer? That was all the work of our amazing Academic Affairs Officer Lisa Whiting. We really need someone good in this role to help with issues such as lack of study space, and academics not listening to students regarding their course. So please, pretty please vote in this election. Also, if our college gets the highest percentage of voters, we win £100 for our JCR to spend on anything we like! Here's the link:

https://apps.dur.ac.uk/vote/dsu/2017-2018-undergraduate-academic-officerhttps://apps.dur.ac.uk/vote/dsu/2017-2018-undergraduate-academic-officerhttps://apps.dur.ac.uk/vote/dsu/2017-2018-undergraduate-academic-officer

Dissertation binding

Just a quick heads up to finalists, the SU provide a dissertation binding service from their reception. I know it's fairly expensive to get your dissertation bound, but the SU do a pretty reasonable deal (cheaper than a lot of subject departments). Also, if you're anything like me and have a diss due during the holidays the SU will be open to allow you to do that. Cathy the receptionist who does the binding is an absolute angel and will do her absolute best to do it as quickly as possible so lets all show her a little bit of love <3 

Lots of union love

Nicola xxx