November 22, 2006

Term 1 – Week 9 Meeting Of Council

Everyone is welcome to attend council meetings – the next one is on Tuesday 28th November 2006 at 7pm in MS.02 and will be the third meeting this academic year.

You can pick up an agenda from the DSO (Democratic Services Office) on the first floor of Union North (past the reception, up the stairs, turn left) from Friday afternoon, right up until the meeting, where a few will be available aswell.

Below is a quick glance at the agenda:

New Policy:

Plastic Bags – Aims to reduce plastic back usage, firstly from Costcutter, then other campus retail outlets, and ultimately, nationally. This will be achieved by first charging for each plastic bag taken from Costcutter, then to lobby the government to mandate a charge for all plastic bags distributed to customers.

Bollocks – Aims to highlight the issue of testicular cancer to members of the Union, and to annually publish guidelines on how to conduct self examination. Also, it aims to write to local doctors urging them to consider testicular cancer as a possible diagnosis when faced with abnormalities, as well as ensuring that prostheses are offered following an orchidectomy.

Students On Medical Leave – Aims to award students on medical leave full student status, giving these students full access to the university and to inform them of the Welfare provisions available.

Policy To Go To NUS Conference:

Islamophobia – To oppose the current racist and Islamophobic backlash from 11th September 2001, and any attempts to ban religious or other clothing, and to defend the rights of Islamic, or other, soieties.

Stop The War – To campaign to withdraw troops from Iraq, Afghanistan, and for all occupation forces to leave Lebanon and to campaign against any attack on Iran.

Strong And Active Union – To scrap NUS Extra and to organise tours of student activists from Greece, France and Latin America to discuss the way forwards with student activists.

Top-Up Fees – To campaign for free education, and for NUS to affirm it’s commitment to free education and non-means-tested grants for all.

Policies Up For Lapse:

413 – This Union Shall Not Ban Books
587 – Campaign Against The BNP
589 – Communication
590 – Warwick And The NUS
591 – The Future Of Elections Group
593 – Environment Policy
594 – Specialist Food In The Union
595 – Access To The University Experience
596 – Zero Waste And Recycling Policy
598 – Banning Rascists And Fascists

If you feel that any of these policies should be renewed, let them know in the DSO before the meeting, then come to the meeting and tell us why.
These policies can be found on the Students Union website.


To rename all ‘Campaign Officers’ to ‘Officers’.
To create a new part-time Officer role entitled ‘Black & Ethnic Minorites Campaign Officer’.


The following positions are vacant:
1x Lifelong Learning Committee Chair
1x SWD Campaigns Officer
1x PG Medical Faculty Representative
1x PG Arts Faculty Representative
1x PG Social Studies Faculty Representative
3x Institute Of Education Councillor
5x Medical Faculty Councillor
4x Science Faculty Councillor
1x Academic Representation Committee Members
1x International Committee Member
1x Sports Federation Member
1x Communications Committee Member

If you would like to stand for any of these positions, just turn up to the meeting on Tuesday.

That has covered most of the agenda.
To have your say on any of these issues or to stand for an afformentioned postion, simply come to the next council meeting on Tuesday 28th November at 7pm in MS.02.
For more information, either use the comment facility on this blog, or speak to someone in the Democratic Services Office in Union North or just go the Students Union website.

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