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On Tuesday 27/09/2022, Strathclyde Student Parliament conducted their first meeting of the academic year.
Joint Student Executive Agenda
VP Education, Arran Lamont opened the agenda by talking about what joint projects have been a priority for the Student Exec team:
Cost of Living Crisis
After the initial outlining of the joint goals the Student Executives moved on to discuss their individual plans for the academic year:
VP Education - Arran Lamont
VP Community - Justyna Kardasz
VP Inclusion - Yu-Chu (Kathy) Doong
VP Welfare - Lewis McDermott
VP Sport - Ronan Welch
President - Adam Morrow
Strathclyde’s Climate Action Group
Strathclyde’s Climate Action Group were also present at the meeting, outlining their upcoming plan focusing on sustainability and pushing the university and students towards a “greener” way of living:
To find out more about Strathclyde’s Climate Action Group click here!
Following the Climate Action Group, the parliament voted on the only proposal paper up for approval this session, the “Here We Go” proposal:
This Proposal was unanimously voted in favour of by the student committee.
The “Change it” proposal, a policy voted for in 2019, also had its amended wording ratified by the student executive committee.
The final topic of discussion was yet again to do with the University’s current student accommodation crisis.
A member of the student body brought forth the current issue of the recommendations that the Humanities and Social Sciences faculty at Strathclyde University are giving to students. These included students either deferring or suspending their studies for a year if housing is not available.
VP Welfare, Lewis McDermott responded to this matter stating:
“They should not be advising you to drop out as the first port of call. Based on the conversations we’ve been having with the faculty that has not been the initial conversation and is certainly not the advice we’re giving from the [Unions’] advice hub.
On our work moving forward trying to resolve these issues that is not something at this point, we are even suggesting to students or to staff to recommend to students.
There are plans in the works to see what support the university can give to students who are living further away from Glasgow. For students who live in Glasgow, there is now a free OVO next bike membership available that covers the first sixty minutes of your ride for free.
I know it is not much, but it’s what we’re given right now, and we’ll be filling you in on any updates relating to the situation.”
To find out more about the Student Parliament including upcoming dates and how to get involved click here!