Monthly Archives: December 2013

Voting intention for Guild Council 12/12/2013


Here’s how I intend to vote at the December Guild Council tomorrow on behalf of BEMA.

Because of the time-limit on Councils, alot of the motions have been deferred from last Council to this one.
A few have been amended since November though, and so my voting intentions have changed for a few.

If you have any input, issues or other views on the motions or my intentions/ that you want shared at Council, let me know at

Guild Council is open to all members of the Guild, and takes place from 6-10:45pm on Thursday the 12th of November in the Guild Council Chambers (1st floor of the Guild).
It will also be streamed live by GTV (Guild TV) and be tracked by Redbrick.


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BME Open Place Guild Councillor nominations open until Friday 6th December



Hey everyone,following a motion passed in Guild Council last academic year there are now (among other changes) 5 reserved places in Council for BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) students to represent BME students.

Nomination packs and further details for these positions can be found on the Guild website here (there are also a number of school/departmental Councillor positions to run for too; check out the link) nominations for these positions close this Friday 6th December at 4pm.

BEMA strongly encourage BME students to apply and run for these positions, so as to get more plurality and more diverse representation of BME perspectives and interests in Council.

Guild Council is the highest student-run democratic body in the Guild and decides upon the direction, campaigns and action the Guild takes on behalf of its student membership.
Whilst having a lesser say than Guild management and its Trustee board, a number of positive outcomes have been won for BEMA students in Council over the years, including securing annual funding for Black History Month, giving Liberation associations more autonomy over their affairs and respective officers, and getting the Guild to oppose the Islamophobic ‘Prevent’ counter-terrorism initiative which encourages spying on Muslim students.The voting records thus far of the BEMA Guild Councillor can be found here.

If you have any questions/queries about Council/running please don’t hesitate to contact us at
While BEMA cannot support any individual’s candidacy (and while BME Open Place positions won’t be accountable to BEMA per se, but still representing BME students) we’d be happy to help out any brothers and sisters through the application process, and look forward to seeing them in Council come January.


P.S. Also don’t forget – BEMA reps applications are open until Sunday night also.

BEMA Reps applications open (close 8th December)


BEMA Reps poster

Open to all 1st year, 2nd year and Postgraduate students self-defining as BME (Black & Minority Ethnic).
BEMA rep positions provide a chance for BEMA members to get more actively involved with the Association.
They will meet with the committee to help develop/organise/promote events that BEMA holds, as well as helping to decide what sort of events we run in future for our members.
Apply here – and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Applications close Sunday 8th December

-BEMA committee