Assembly and goodbye
Nicola Tweedy (Senior Students' Union Representative)1 year ago

Hi Grey!


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! 


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

Miranda Van-noorden (Chair)1 year ago

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

Voting is now open for the roles of 

Vice President
Bar Manager
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)1 year ago






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)1 year 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

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)1 year 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! 


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:

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:

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