How Student Council: Online Edition works
While social distancing guidelines are still in place, all Student Council meetings during the 20/21 academic year will be held ONLINE on Microsoft Teams It may look and feel a little different, but we’ve worked hard to ensure all students can still have their voices heard, contribute items to the agenda, stand for election, hold SU officers to account, and continue to shape the work of Oxford SU.
So, here's how it works;
Step 1: Submitting agenda items
Agenda items can be many things: a motion to create policy, a motion to mandate an officer, a student project proposal, or a topic for general discussion. Any student may submit an agenda item by clicking the 'Submit an item' button below or in the timeline.
Step 2: Amendments
After the agenda has been published, at 5pm Friday 0th Week, all students are able to read through the items.
If you find an item which you would like to suggest a change to you can submit an amendment. Any student may submit an amendment by clicking the 'submit an amendment' button in the timeline by 10am Monday 1st Week.
Amendments will be sent to the proposer of the agenda item and they may choose to get in contact with you to discuss. By 5pm Monday 1st Week the proposer will have taken the amendment as either 'Friendly' or 'Hostile'.
Friendly means changes are immediate, hostile requires a vote to determine whether the changes will be made to the agenda item. Voting on amendments will be 19:30pm Tuesday - 10am Wednesday 1st Week and only Common Room delegates, SU Campaign delegates, Divisional Representatives, and SU Sabbatical Officers are able to vote.
Step 3: Reports and election nominations
SU Sabbatical Officers, Divisional Representatives, and SU Campaigns will all be submitting written, and where possible video, reports. These reports will be linked to the agenda below at 10am Monday 1st Week. Any student may ask questions about the reports during the virtual student council meeting at 17:30 Tuesday 1st Week.
The timetable for reports is shown in the table below
We still need Council roles! Nominations are open (see role descriptions below). Any student can nominate themselves for election by clicking the 'Nominate' button below or in the timeline. Never gone for one before? Now is probably the perfect time to try, so go ahead.
Nominations for elections in council will also be published in the agenda below at 10am Tuesday 5th Week. Any student may ask questions of the candidate by commenting the comment section of their nomination.
Step 4: Motions and Elections
Finally, 17:00pm Wednesday - 17:00pm on Thursday 1st Week voting for motions and elections will open. Only Common Room delegates, SU Campaign delegates, Divisional Representatives, and SU Sabbatical Officers are able to vote.
Elections in Council
We're looking for students to fill the following council roles. Nominations will close at 10am Monday 1st Feb (1st Week).
Returning Officer The Returning Officer is responsible for all things to do with Elections and voting. In Council they look after the electronic voting pads. During Oxford SU's Leadership Elections they chair the Elections Committee, handle complaints and count the results!
Steering Committee (x2): Steering Committee is comprised of two elected student steering members, the Chair, the President, and the Returning Officer. Steering is the committee tasked with deciding the agenda for the coming Council. They meet the week before to discuss whether submissions should make it to the agenda, whether they need to be amended, or whether they require ‘steering’ to another committee first. Steering are also the group responsible for ensuring that an All Student Consultation is held, if called for.
Elections Committee (x3): Elections Committee work behind the scenes during Oxford SU’s Leadership Elections to ensure they are run fairly and properly. From making rules on the use of social media, to the use of mailing lists, to the rules surrounding endorsements. Elections Committee is only its second year so you can play a key role in shaping its future and how it should operate.
Scrutiny Committee (x2): Scrutiny are elected at the start of Michaelmas to serve for the entire academic year. It is their task to interview the Sabbatical officers at the end of each term and ensure that they are doing the job they have been elected to do. Scrutiny will craft a report to be delivered to Council in 7th Week of each term.
Once you've nominated, keep an eye on the elections page as you might have questions from students.
Minutes of the Previous Meeting
President Video Report
VP Chairties and Community Report
VP Chairties and Community Video Report
VP Access and Academic Affairs Report
VP Welfare and Equal Opportunities Report
VP Women Report
Disabilities Campaign Report
VP Graduates Report
Class Act Campaign
Soc Sci Report
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