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Student Councillor Training 20 th April 2008. Learning Objectives / Agenda. Introduction & Icebreaker Student Council Charter Revisited The Purpose of Student Council: What It’s For Who are the Student Councillors? The Structure of Student Council: How It Works

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Learning objectives agenda
Learning Objectives / Agenda

  • Introduction & Icebreaker

  • Student Council Charter Revisited

  • The Purpose of Student Council: What It’s 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


Student council charter
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


The purpose of student council what it s for
The Purpose of Student Council: What It’s 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…


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The Purpose of Student Council: What It’s 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.


Who are the student councillors
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


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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


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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


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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


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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

    Women’s 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”


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Who are the Student Councillors?

  • 5 Lay Student Councillors

    Nicola Porter

    Tom Sanderson

    Paul Phillips

    Paul Clifton

    Roz Khan

    - Elected by cross-campus ballot


The structure of student council how it works
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


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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 Chair’s discretion

  • The maximum duration of speeches for and against will be equal, but will be at the Chair’s discretion

  • Maximum 5 minutes of general discussion for each motion

  • Summary speech – property of the proposer


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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


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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


Writing understanding motions
Writing & Understanding Motions

  • What is the purpose of your motion?

  • How should you structure a motion?

    • Background/evidence – what’s the issue?;

    • Your input/argument – why does this matter?;

    • Your proposal – what should Council vote to agree to do?

  • Example of a good motion


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Writing & Understanding Motions

Note structure of motions - usually:

This Union notes…

This Union believes…

This Union resolves…

Some vocabulary for motions:

InstructCommend

MandateLobby

Condemn


Effective representation
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?


Your duties as a student councillor
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


Summary close
Summary & Close

Thank you – any questions?


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