May 09, 2006

10 ways you can get the union to help you

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With a nod to John who in comment 147 suggested a list of "10 ways you can get the union to help you," here are some suggestions:

1. If you want to know what policies are up for discussion, the papers are always on the Democracy section of the Union website. If you click 'Browse Council papers' at the bottom, you then have a list of folders.

  • If you want to know about a General Meeting, click the 'AGM/UGM' folder.
  • 'Committees' has papers relating to the Union's various committees starting in the previous academic year and working back.
  • 'Executive' contains previous years' Executive Committee papers.
  • 'Executive (papers)' contains this year's Executive Committee papers.
  • 'Information' contains various bits and pieces which may be useful.
  • 'Media Codes of Conduct' shows the rules the Boar, RaW, and WTV have to abide by.
  • 'Photos' is a bit out of date.
  • 'Policy' has a list of our current policies plus an archive of all the policies which have been passed, modified, or lapsed since 1995.
  • 'Referendum' contains a record of all referendum motions since Spring 2000.
  • 'Union Constitution' contains our current Constitution, Appendices, and Regulations.
  • 'Union Council' contains all Council papers for previous years.
  • 'Union Council (Papers)' contains this years papers. Papers will appear just under a week in advance of meetings, which are in weeks 3, 6, and 9 of terms 1 and 2, and weeks 3 and 9 of term 3.

2. If you need an advice service, go to Advice and Welfare Services in Union North, the advice section of the website, ring them on 024 7657 2824 (internal 72824), or e–mail
3. If you want to comment on something specific, e–mail or use the form.
4. If you want to get hold of one of your officers, look for their e–mail here.
5. If you want to know about the Union's position on the lecturers' strike go here.
6. If you want to join a society go here.
7. If you want to join a sports club go here.
8. If you want information on Union outlets go here.
9. If you're having problems with accommodation, the Union has a housing website.
10. And most importantly of all, if you want to influence the way your Union works, go to meetings, speak to officers, write policies, stand for election, join Elections Group, etc.

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