As a current member of the Union’s Board of Trustees, I’ve come to learn the following:
- That the organisation has long-standing structural issues, the symptoms of which include the forced closing of the FiveSixEight kitchens, and the shambles of room bookings this year.
- That there is no current long-term strategy for dealing with these issues.
- That the organisational and financial models of the Union are in desperate need of a whole-scale rethink.
I have had 6 years of experience in a broad set of Union volunteer roles, such as: academic rep, club committee member, Constituent Union President, and Chair of the Union Council. This has given me insight into the various workings of the Union from a variety of student volunteer perspectives. At a time when the Union will be going through significant upheaval and restructure, it is imperative that the views of ordinary student volunteers are represented, and decisions are not left exclusively to staff and sabbatical officers.
On Trustee Board this year, I’ve:
- Pushed the Union to make more activities, such as the Summer Ball, principally student-organised.
- Brought up-to-date the quagmire of outdated Union Policies.
- Stressed the importance of a well-developed strategy and appropriate performance metrics.
If re-appointed, I will:
- Ensure all aspects of the next Union Strategy are shaped in partnership with student volunteers.
- Keep sabbatical officers accountable by properly scrutinising their reports.
- Resist cuts to essential student services.
So re-appoint Lloyd to the Board of Trustees, to secure a genuinely member-led Students' Union.