Cast your memories back 2 months, and you may remember the passing a referendum which changed the number of full time officers from 7 to 5. Now those positions are to be decided so that students can vote for next year’s 5 Full Time Officers in spring 2014.

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The first stage of decision making was in the form of an NUS survey which students were able to vote in until mid-November. If you didn’t get a chance to participate, however, don’t worry because this week, the second phase of decision making is about to commence.

This week, from Tuesday 10th until Saturday 14th December, all students have the chance to attend focus groups, the result of which will be sent to NUS along with the original survey, and written into a report outlining the 5 new FTO positions. These focus sessions will take place on alternate evenings and afternoons, details for which can be found below –

Dates/times/venues:
Tuesday 10th Dec, 18:30-19:30, Fulton House Seminar Room A

Wednesday 11th Dec, 12:30-13:00, Kier Hardie 216

Thursday 12th Dec, 18:30-19:30, Fulton House Lecture Room 3

Friday 13th Dec, 12:30-13:00, Fulton House Lecture Room 3

Saturday 14th Dec, 18:30-19:30, Place TBA

Then, in the first week of January, the report will be released by NUS and a general meeting will be called, to which all students will be invited to attend. The purpose of this meeting will be to talk through the NUS report and have detailed discussion and scrutiny, meaning that, as students, you can have a direct impact in the future of YOUR Students’ Union.

The report will then be taken to the SU executive, whose job it will be to either accept, or amend with relation to student views raised in the forum. The final stage of the process will be for the SU trustees, a board which manage and oversee everything which happens in the SU, to sign off and ratify the new Full Time positions.

SU President, Zahid Raja had this to say: ‘We could have wrapped it up over the next week and a half, but that would have been wrong. We wanted to maximise the amount of time students had to influence the report before a decision was made based on it.’

So go along, participate, and help shape the future of your SU!

By Laurence Atkinson

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