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June 09, 2006

Free entry to England games in Cholo and the Market Place

I've heard about a number of instances in the last couple of days of people thinking the only way to watch England games in the World Cup is to pay to go to Kooler Kellar.

This is not the case. To clarify all England games can be watched in Cholo and the Market Place during the World Cup.

That is all.

June 05, 2006

Union General Meeting TONIGHT 7pm

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/articles/autegm

There has been a lot of discussion about the AUT on blogs, in fact there was one point it was having a pretty good go at getting all the the hot topics!

A lot of that debate has been about the Union's stance on this issue and that being discussed tonight. Don't miss this opportunity to have your say.

June 02, 2006

General Meeting about the lecturer's strike

Follow-up to A topical blog from Sabblog

There is a Union Emergency General Meeting scheduled for 7pm on Monday in the Ramphal Lecture theatre. There we will be discussing the Union's position on the lecturers' strike. You should all have got an email about it anyway but all publicity is good publicity.

I would urge you all to come if you are free (but only if you feel comfortable doing so if you still have exams). The current policy proposed is available here

Basically I now take the view with General Meetings that it doesn't matter if they are inquorate so long as they are publicised properly. All four General Meetings this year have been advertised in very similar ways, yet there has been a marked difference in attendance and this can only really be down to the issues being discussed. If it is big enough students will come to talk about it. My gut feeling on this is that we should reach quorum, given the amount of discussion on here about it anyway.

If you can't come then please feel free to leave a comment with your view or if you don't want to comment publically drop me an email.

May 25, 2006

A topical blog

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/Default.asp?url=ARTICLE&article_id=747

I direct you to the news article on the Union website. Please try not to have a riot on my blog. The policy being put forward will be available at some point tomorrow morning. I trust given the discussion had on blogs so far about this issue we shouldn't have too much trouble getting it quorate.

Other than that it's been a busy day. I spent much of the day interviewing, so that's two days of interviews in a row. One on each side of the table.

The rest of the day was spent dealing with my inbox from yesterday (on average I get about 30–40 emails a day).

As ever anything you want to ask a sabbatical you can, but if you could refrain from it being AUT related that'd be grand!

May 11, 2006

An attempt at a Sabbatical blog

I am the Commercial Development and Communications Officer at the Students' Union. I am going to attempt to do some fairly consistent blogging for the remainder of my term in office. I would have liked to have done this earlier in the year, but to be honest up until Easter a 50 hour week was a quiet one! Now however with most people busy revising and with the majority of my tasks now planning for next year I am working sensible hours so I thought it would be a good idea to try and give some kind of insight into what a sabbatical officer does.

Today was mostly spent doing work on the U and Back 2 U magazines. They've been rushed sometimes in the past but I am trying to do a really good job on them and make sure the information is relevant and interesting to the people they are going to. So fingers crossed they'll be good.

I'm going to leave it at that, it's time for bed!

October 17, 2005

UNION NEWS: Union General Meeting – 7pm Tuesday – Ramphal Building

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/Default.asp?url=ARTICLE&article_id=456

The first Union General Meeting of the year will be held in R0.21 (Ramphal building) at at 7pm with Gemma Tumelty, General Secretary of NUS speaking at 6:30pm. All students should attend and have their say.

What is a General Meeting?

Well it is a town-hall style meeting, where any student can come and discuss their views on the different motions up for discussion, you also have an opportunity to ask Officers questions at the beginning of the meeting. Decisions made at a general meeting override those made by Union Council. So make sure you put it in your diary and come along and have your say about what the Union does.

What are going to talk about?

The full agenda is here. There are four important policies up for discussion, you can read their brief descriptions below.

What do I need?

Yourself and your uni card

General Meeting Motions

Military in the Union

To lapse the current policy that bans the military recruiting in the Union. Full motion here, although it is perhaps more useful to read the current policy which it is proposed is lapsed

Warwick in Asia

To discuss and decide the Union's position on Warwick in Asia. This motion will be withdrawn if Univeristy Council decide not to go. Full motion is here


To update the Union's Fees policy and agree to campaign to make sure the government keeps the cap. Full motion is here

Housing Policy

To update the Union's Housing Policy and to campaign against agents that release their housing lists to early. Full motion is here

October 04, 2005

UNION FEEDBACK: Give me your views

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/feedback

I'm going to be using this blog every couple of weeks to actively collect feedback about the Union and what we are doing.

We want to know positives and negatives about any aspect of what the Union does, so after the first week or so of term (or indeed the last week of September and start of October if you're a postgraduate who doesn't get the luxury of long holidays!) what have we done right and wrong?

Please don't post abuse, we are trying to help make things better here so constructive things only would be appreciated. Also feel free to draw my attention to previous posts, although I will be searching various Union related words to find stuff people have written previously.

Ok, go for it…..

UNION NEWS: Warwick in Singapore? HAVE YOUR SAY

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/articles/warwicksingapore

Warwick has been invited by the Singaporean Government to set up a full campus there. A long term feasibility project is coming to a close and we want to know what you think about it. If you are interested in coming to a student forum to have your say, then click here

UNION NEWS – Union elections, vote now

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/voting

You can now vote in the first Union elections of the year. Positions being elected include faculty councillors, various NUS conference delegates and postgraduate faculty reps. Click here for more information and to vote.

September 30, 2005

UNION NEWS – RAG quiz on Sunday

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/articles/ragquiz

The first RAG quiz of the year will be held in the Cholo and the Marketplace on Sunday at 8pm. To find out more click here

UNION NEWS – Spice up your weekend at Cafe Xanana

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/articles/nightspice

Join us this Friday and Saturday evening from 10pm for the launch of Late Night Spice – an extensive menu of authentic Indian balti cuisine served in the Students' Union's premier restaurant. Find out more here

September 29, 2005

UNION NEWS – Societies Fair

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/articles/societiesfair

Societies Fair is on 10am – 4pm on Monday and Tuesday of Week 2 (3rd & 4th of October) in the Market Place. It's your opportunity to find out about all the 175 societies run by the Students' Union. Click here to find out more

UNION NEWS – Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/articles/undergradresearch

Thirteen students have been participating in the Undergraduate
Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) this summer. The results of their work will be on display in the Atrium of University house from:

2.30pm on 19 October to 4pm on Friday 21 October.

Why not come over and see what they have been doing?

This Scheme is for second year students. Details of the 2005/06 round of Scholarships will be posted in Departments during the Autumn Term. Information will also be available on the URSS website link

September 28, 2005

UNION FEEDBACK – Stagecoach buses (particularly late night)

I have been asked by Stagecoach to find out how their buses are running at the moment, particularly the ones after events.

If you have a piece of negative feedback it would be very useful if you can specify an exact time and date of the problem. It is no use to them to say "the buses are always late" as they can't then pinpoint the problem.

Positive feedback is also always welcomed

So then, how are the buses?

Nick Seagrave
Commercial Development and Communications Officer

UNION NEWS – Postgraduate workspace survey complete

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/articles/workingspace

To all the postgraduates out there. The Students' Union have recently investigated the provision of workspace for postgradute research students. The survey was conducted by Richard Cave as SSLC Co-ordinator and is now complete. To find out more click here

UNION NEWS – Avalanche

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/articles/avalanche

On Tuesday, week 2 (4th October) Avalanche will return even bigger and better than before. The Cooler will be transformed into a huge bar in the Alps, with icicles, snow, mountains, and lots of cool beverages! Click here to find out more

UNION NEWS – APPEAL: Where's Spank's foot?

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/articles/spanksfoot

At Top B Spank the Monkey lost his foot to a member of the crowd. He's very upset about it and would very much like it back, if you return it, we'll ask no questions. Click here to find out more.

September 27, 2005

Union Councillor Nominations Close tomorrow at noon

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/voting

Nominations for elections for Union Councillors, NUS delegates and Postgraduate faculty reps close at noon tomorrow. If you are interested get your nomination ASAP. To do it visit the Democratic Services Office in Union North.

Union Council is a bit like the parliament of the Students’ Union. The councillors you elect in week 2 (beginning 3rd October) have the opportunity to set out and decide Union policy and although they will not be responsible for the Unions’ commercial services they have a real influence on the way Union is run. It is also here that Union Officers can be held to account. NUS conference delegates represent Warwick at various conferences throughout the year.

Anyone can stand to become a councillor for his or her faculty or to be a delegate to NUS conference. To stand and find out more detail about any of the positions visit www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/voting. If you want more information then contact elections@sunion.warwick.ac.uk or stick a comment on the end of here.

The polls will be open from Monday – Wednesday in Week 2 (3rd-5th October) online at www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/voting or you can visit the polling stations at societies fair.

Positions Available

Arts Faculty Union Councillor (x11)
Science Faculty Union Councillor (x28)
Social Studies Faculty Councillor (x30)
Medical Faculty Union Councillor (x8)
Institute of Education Union Councillor (x3)
Institute of Education Representative
Postgraduate Arts Faculty Representative
Postgraduate Science Faculty Representative
Postgraduate Social Studies Faculty Representative
Postgraduate Committee Chair
NUS National Conference(s) Delegate (x12)
NUS West Midlands Area (WMANUS) Conference(s) Delegate (x13)
NUS West Midlands Regional Conference(s) Delegate (x3)
NUS Black Students' Conference(s) Delegate
NUS Women's Conference(s) Delegate

Welcome to the Students' Union Blog

The Students' Union will be using this blog to help communicate with those in the blog world. It will be up and running properly in the next week, but I just thought it would be a good idea to get it started now.

If you have comments or feedback about the Union we are always happy to hear them, it is surprising how many people just bottle things up and don't say anything, and that's how things that could easily be improved get missed. Just stick a comment on the bottom of here or email feedback@sunion.warwick.ac.uk.