Voting intention for Guild Council 16/5/2013


Here are my voting intentions for the May Guild Council, being held on the 16th (Thursday) at 6pm in Guild Council Chambers.
It’s open to all – and is also being streamed live by Redbrick).

Let me know below if you have any input/concerns/questions.

NB. General Meeting of the Guild is being held on Tuesday the 4th of June at 6pm in the Avon Theatre in University Centre, and all members of the Guild are welcome to attend and vote.


Motion title Summary of motion My voting intention
11a) Lunar Room Change the name of the ‘Green room’ in the Guild to the ‘Lunar room’ after the original Lunar society of Birmingham (ft. Matthew Boulton, Joseph Priestly and James Watt) For
11b) Mental Health First Aid Guild officers to look into feasibility of introducing mental health first aid training for Guild staff. For
11c) Living Wage Campaign Investigate possibility of readjusting pay scales with the Guild so that all staff receive at minimum a Living Wage;
Guild to support Living Wage campaign for University staff too.

More information about the Living Wage Campaign (generally) here.

11d) Liberation Training for committees Liberation Associations to contribute sections to Guild committee training programmes regarding liberation issues. For
11e) Rethinking Freshers Fest Freshers Fest committee/VP (Democracy & Resources) and Liberation Associations to look into ways of making Freshers Fest more accommodating for sidelined/marginalised groups. For
11f) Motions Discussion Group Set up a Facebook group for Guild Councillors to discuss topics/motions prior to guild Council, so that Council is run more efficiently. For
11g) Reclaim your Officers Reinstate the version of the Officer Disciplinary Policy that was passed by Council last year, before the Trustee Board took it upon themselves to alter it at their whim. For
11h) Trustee Board Observers Allow for four members of the Guild to be elected as Observers to Trustee Board meetings, so that the Board’s actions are conducted with greater transparency and accountability. For

Reminder that the (re-rescheduled) General Meeting of the Guild concerns the composition of said Trustee Board, so I recommend you come attend.

11i) New Guild Councillors Reform of the Guild Councillor system to be better representative – to include more reserved places for BME, Disabled, LGBTQ, Mature students as well as Student-Staff positions. For

Would be good to have more students representing BME students and their issues at Council, no doubt.

11j) Calling out sexism Establish a sub-committee of the Elections committee consisting of Liberation Association members and the VP (Welfare), to whom complaints of ‘negative campaigning’ towards election candidates can be referred if the complaint concerns examples of oppressive behaviour by said candidate. For

For context, this is a response to a case in the Guild Officer elections where candidates were unfairly penalised by the Elections committee in the Guild Officer elections when a supporter made a public statement about a competing candidate that had been sexist.
This motion ensures that such cases in future can be more dealt with more appropriately and that genuine liberation issues take precedent over perceived negative campaigning in similar circumstances.


11k) Women’s self defence classes Ensure that free women’s self-defence classes are arranged by the Guild on a permanent basis. For
11l) Correct motivation for Sabbs Get rid of excessive perks for Guild Officers, remove references to CV bettering from advertising for positions to ensure that those running for positions apply for the right reasons. For
11m) The Guild to continue ESD Ensure that in the long-term, ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ is integrated holistically into the University curriculum. For

ESD includes: social & economic justice, cultural diversity, human rights of future generations and the protection/restoration of the Earth’s ecosystem.

11n) PGRs who teach and UCU Lobby University to add section to Postgraduate Researchers-who-teach contracts informing them that they can become members of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) to represent them and their employment issues with the University. For
11o) Stand up for support workers Outline the Guild’s belief that the University is a community, with social responsibility and commitments (as opposed to some commodity or service).
Also, Officers to write letter to University management outlining the Guild’s opposition their decision to propose redundancies and contract changes for support staff.

Some background on the ‘Defend the 361’ campaign against redundancies for support staff.

11p) Liberation Emergency motions Allow Liberation Associations to propose Emergency motions with priority after the deadline for regular motions if they are of urgency to the Association and/or its members. For
11q) RA Liberation Officers Look into feasibility of creating Liberation representative Officers on the Hall Resident Association, to have that Liberation Association presence in student accommodation and among first years especially, who may not become otherwise aware of the Liberation Associations and the work they can do on behalf of them. For
11r) Full-Time Liberation officers Investigate possibility of introducing Full-time paid Sabbatical Liberation Officers, working alongside the President/Vice Presidents of the Guild. For

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