Hope your January exams and assignments have gone well! (Or maybe we’re best not talking about that…)
It’s been a hectic first few weeks of the new term for us here at the Students’ Union, so let me give you a quick update from your Vice President Academic Representation!
Higher Education Green Paper response
I finished and submitted Edge Hill Students’ Union Higher Education Green Paper response.
Thank the God of HE it’s over.
As well as writing our response, I also had a meeting with the University about how they were going to answer Question 20, which was around the clarity and accountability of Students’ Unions.
Our full response will be published on the Students’ Union website, but for now, take a peak at the University response to the question, which pretty much surmises my own:
I’m very proud. (And big praise to your Vice President Welfare, Lauren Blundell, for her work on the EHSU <3’s Consent campaign. I felt it was hella important that we recognise the important work that we do as Students’ Unions in wider society. The Consent campaign exemplifies this.)
Alright, this ones a wild one.
Basically, the Government tried to push through scrapping maintenance grants in a small committee, made of 18 MPs.
NUS and Students’ Unions up and down the country were outraged. And through lobbying and calling out the Government on this underhanded attempt, the student movement forced a debate on maintenance grants in parliament. Go team!
At the debate, very disappointingly, had very few MPs turn up to debate, only showing up to cast their vote.
It also went under the ‘English votes for English laws,’ which is ridiculous, as students from the nations will be affected by this too.
In the end, maintenance grants were scrapped by 11 votes. 11 votes.
Also Minister of State, Nick Boles MP, called the National Union of Students the ‘National Union of Shroud-Wavers’ during the debate. Despite outcry from the opposing benches, with an Scottish National Party MP standing up to demand the comment be retracted, that comment was allowed to pass.
Now NUS and Students’ Unions are taking the fight to the House of Lords.
This is not over.
So, remember how in my manifesto I pledged to try to get Skype tutorials for students while they’re on placement?
Well, I have a meeting on Monday about that. Not to use Skype, but to use different Software which is more user friendly and is more conducive to aiding in your academic experience!
I can’t say much more right now, but just now that exciting things are in the works. Very exciting.
So, that’s my quick for-now update, if you have any questions about anything that I’m up to, or think I should be doing something but I’m not, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALSO, you should come to the Big Student Voice meeting, this Tuesday, at 5pm in B001.
You can find more information about that here, but it’s hella important that you be there to discuss policies that shape your Union, and hold your elected officers to account.
I hope I see you there!