Assembly and Accommodation Fees!
George Stanbury (Senior Students' Union Representative)1 year 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:

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