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February 05, 2007

The Future of the Union

This is the first in a series of posts explaining my policies and inviting your contributions.  First of all, the future of the Union.

How will we cope with the union rebuilding?


The rebuilding of the SU will involve some temporary disruption. I see this redevelopment and relocation as an opportunity, not a threat. We're still going to have a student's union - it's just moving temporarily. There's no reason why we can't maintain the same high standards. Instead, we need to see this as a chance for more people to get involved in their union. We also need to remember that it’s happening for a reason – to improve and enlarge the current facilities. Freshers must be informed every step of the way.

This year saw the initiatives such as 'Over 2 U' and the Vice Chancellor's Consultation of students. I want to continually inform, engage and involve students in the project as it develops over the course of the year. Their needs must be met. We will be making difficult decisions, so the Student's Union must consult with students over any compromises. They will be able to have input in at least two ways:

1. An 'Ideas Box' in Union North for ongoing feedback and accessibility.

2. Online web log for interaction between the sabbatical officers and students.

The aim is to reconnect the union with its students. Next year we must expect Freshers to arrive frustrated with having their first year disrupted. We must channel this frustration into constructive criticism and positive engagement with the SU.

I think I'd be the strongest candidate to drive through such an ambitious project. Take a look at the ‘About Me’ page and this post to read about my experience with other large-scale projects.

Thanks for your input, I want to keep this blog buzzing with everyone's ideas and questions!

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