Monthly Archives: January 2013

Voting intention for Guild Council 31/1/2013


Hey people,

here’s how I intend to vote at the official January Guild Council, as a representative of BEMA.

If you have any input or views on the motions i’d be happy to take them into consideration – also if you have views that you want shared at Council I can do that on your behalf if you wish.
Just contact me at

Elections will be held on the day for a new Chair of Guild Council.
The role of Chair means ensuring that Council is run fairly and smoothly whilst maintaining neutrality,
and also involves collaboration with the Guild’s Vice President of Democracy & Resources to work on democratic systems in the Guild.
Any member of the Guild can show up and run for election on the day, and will need to deliver a short speech selling themselves, and take questions afterwards.

Guild Council is open to all members of the Guild, and takes place from 6-10:45pm on Thursday the 31st of January in the Guild Council Chambers.
It will also be streamed live by GTV (Guild TV) and be tracked by Redbrick.

Also – make sure you come to BEMA’s Imperialism Awareness week of events – starting next Tuesday with a talk on the true nature of Imperialism, and a screening of The Battle of Algiers.

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Voting record for Extraordinary Guild Council 22/1/2013


Here’s how and why I voted on behalf of BEMA at the ‘Extraordinary Guild Council’ held last Tuesday to deal with the large number of motions rolling over from previous Councils.

Quaintly enough, the EGC was unsuccessful in its aims – a number of motions have been deferred to the January Guild Council on 31/1 because snowfall deaded this Council.

Let me know if you have any problems or queries with my voting.

Sidenote: The General Meeting of the Guild that was meant to be held yesterday (28/1) has been adjourned due to some alleged malpractice taking place beforehand.
We’ll keep you updated on the new date – and hopefully see more BEMA members out there on the day.

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About the Guild’s General Meeting, 4/6/2013 (and why you should be there)


Edit: This General Meeting was adjourned during its original sitting and will recommence on Tuesday the 26th of February.

Edit 2: Both General Meetings have been cancelled by the Guild, will be rescheduled – date tbc

Edit 3: This has now been rescheduled again to Tuesday the 4th of June.

Hey everyone,

a few weeks ago (circa 29th April) you would have gotten an email to your University account ( about the General Meeting being held by the Guild on Monday the 28th of January Tuesday the 26th of February Tuesday the 4th of June.

Below i’ll explain what the points being debated/considered/voted upon there are, the arguments in favour and opposition to the points (‘special resolutions’) and how i’ll be voting.

The General Meeting is open to all members of the Guild and I strongly recommend attending and using their vote, because what happens there could substantially affect the way the Guild functions in the future and its effectiveness in representing its students.
For anyone who can’t attend on the day, there’s also the option to submit a proxy vote, and to either pre-submit your vote or get someone else to vote on your behalf.
While i’ll only be attending to vote on my behalf (not in any BEMA capacity) i’d be happy to be a proxy to anyone if they so wish, just let me know at – proxy vote submission deadline is  Sunday the 2nd of June, 6pm.

N.B. As it stands i’ll be voting FOR every special resolution myself, and so noting this you may find that this colours my perspective on the resolutions, as presented below. I’ve tried to include the counterarguments as i’ve found them, but I can’t claim to be impartial here without being disingenuous.
Hope this allows people to make a somewhat more informed decision, still.

General Meeting
Tuesday 4th June
(deadline for proxy voting nominations: 6pm Sunday 2nd June)
Avon Room, University Centre (R23 on campus map)
Open to all members of the Guild (i.e. everyone, unless you explictly opted out of membership at any point)

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Voting intention for Extraordinary Guild Council 22/1/13


Due to the large number of motions deferred from December’s Guild Council because of time constraints, and the fact that some of those motions had been previously deferred themselves, an ‘Extraordinary Guild Council’ has been called for this Tuesday to deal with all those motions finally, before the regular Guild Council on the 31st of this month.

The motions deferred have been carried over unaltered in their exact form as before, so below are my original intentions for them: unaltered, in their exact form as before.
Forgive the audacity.

Guild Council is open to all, and takes place in the Guild Council Chambers this Tuesday, from 6-9:30pm.

**On a related note, I strongly recommend that any/everyone comes to the General Meeting being held on the 28th of January that you would have gotten an email about last week.

It’s a chance to exercise actual direct control over your Guild, and unlike Guild Council this General Meeting [Under Company Law]’s outcomes are completely binding, and can’t be overturned by any body in the Guild’s hierarchy.

The ‘Special Resolutions’ #3 and #4 regarding the composition of the Board of Trustees are particularly important – the Trustee board has been responsible for overturning/denying many motions passed through Council, often on dubious grounds; getting more student representation and removing University representatives is definitely a good step towards democratising the Guild and re-establishing it as being under students’ control.**

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