I hope you're not all feeling as grim as I do after PGN. This week I went to assembly, and would like to inform you of some of the highlights:
- As you have probably seen, a pilot has been launched to allow an eating space in the foyer of the billy b! THIS IS SO EXCITING! Many thanks to Lisa Whiting, the SU Academic affairs officer for getting this to happen, as this is something I've consistently nagged the SU about since entering into my role.
- Motions were passed regarding future research into the possibility of a reading week added to the Durham semester, and campaigning to keep Wednesday afternoons free for sport and other recreational activities.
Obviously a lot more than this went down, and if you have any questions about anything regarding the agenda please just email me. You can also read the full minutes on the SU website once they are released.
Secondly, my role is up in the next JCR meeting! If you're still even reading this email, you might want to consider running. I have listed a couple of common myths/questions surrounding this role, and some reasons why you should run.
Question: What does Senior SU Rep even do?
The SU rep is a role that is largely what you make of it. You sit as a member of the exec (and believe me, I'm fairly vocal), co-ordinate SU elections and attend wider university consultations such as Assembly- where you discuss issues as important as setting accommodation fees for the next year and sexual violence. At a university level, the SU rep voices the opinion of Grey, at JCR level, the SU rep represents issues surrounding the wider university.
Question: Do you have to be in love with the SU/NUS to run?
Not at all. I think a big part of the role is knowing the flaws of the SU (and believe me, they have many). Even if you have no experience of the SU, I would still encourage you to run if you have want to make a change not just to Grey JCR- but Durham University. It's perfectly feasible to get to know the SU on the job, and I'll give you a kick ass handover that will mean you know exactly what you are doing.
Question: Is it essential to be 'political' or have a particular political affiliation to run?
Whilst personally, this role has shaped by opinions of how the university should be run, the SU reps role at the end of the day is to represent the students of Grey. Additionally, within Grey the SU rep is meant to remain neutral. Please don't be put off running if you find politics a little bit scary.
Question: What do YOU get out of the role?
It could be fair to say SU rep isn't the most recognised or glamourised exec role, but it's still important. Personally, I will never regret running for this role. Through SU rep you develop so many transferable skills that help you personally and at work. I have learned to be more organised, confident, and most importantly- I have learned to speak up about what I believe in and think is right.
If you have any questions at all, and would like to chat about running- please drop me a message or stop me if you see me.