Policy Update

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Policies made Under the previous democratic System

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Policy Date Passed Assigned Contact Status Update
Postgraduate Part Time Officer. 14-Apr-16 President Complete  A Postgraduate Part Time Officer position is to be elected in October 16
Storage space for personal books in Frenchay Library 14-Apr-16 President Live  
Future-Proof Union: Provide for VR recording 14-Apr-16 VP Societies & Communication Live  
A forum to find books in the library 14-Apr-16 VP Education Live  
Access to microwaves and free hot water 18-Feb-16 President Live A microwave has now been placed in OneZone on Frenchay Campus and an additional Microwave has been allocated to Glenside. The President is currently working with the University on the provision of hot water.
University to set up a guarantor scheme 18-Feb-16 VP Community & Welfare Live A research report has been conducted into the need for a guarantor scheme, The Students' Union is currently in meetings with UWE.
Find a solution to the car parking issues across UWE 18-Feb-16 President Live The President met with the Director of Facilities to discuss the issues that students were facing, a new section of website is being developed to explain the parking changes. All staff and student car parks are now unrestricted and the ECC is available for students to park.
Creation of a relaxation area 18-Feb-16 VP Community & Welfare Live The VP Community and Welfare is working alongside the Library to introduce a relaxation area as part of the refurbishment of the Library.
Improvements for Glenside Students 18-Feb-16 President  Live A volunteer painting day took place with 20 students helping to paint the Glenside Students’ Union An additional microwave has been added to the Students’ Union. The President has been working alongside the Faculty to make general repairs and improvements to the Students’ Union on an ongoing basis.
Better Regulated Heating at Frenchay 18-Feb-16 President Live The President is currently undergoing some investigative work to find out the exact problems with heating regulation and how they can be solved
Policy on Responsible Use of Alcohol 19-Nov-15 VP Community and Welfare Live The Students’ Union are working towards the Alcohol Impact Accreditation through the National Union of Students
Nightline 19-Nov-15 VP Education Live UWE are looking at an out of hours provision, writing a joint strategy for mental and emotional wellbeing. Nightline is being included in this to investigate set up
More Vegetarian and Vegan Food 19-Nov-15 President Live 30% of the current shop provision is Vegetarian or Vegan, the marketing team are working alongside the shop to clearly label the Vegetarian and Vegan options and look to increase the amount available to students.
More Dancing in Off the Wall 19-Nov-15 VP Sports and Health Live There is now Zumba and other dance activities available to students in addition to the ongoing activities 
Commitment to Sustainability 19-Nov-15 President Live

The Students’ Union are currently working towards two accreditations for Sustainability- Green Impact and Responsible Futures. We have recently won a Fairtrade Award for our shop and Coffee Bar and our current Sustainability Officer has won the ‘Spirit of 2015’ award for Bristol Green Capital.

Sanitary products should be tax free. Period 16-Apr-15 President Complete Sanitary products are sold at cost price in The Students' Union's shops
Introduction of a Democratic Procedures Committee to The Students’ Union 16-Apr-15 VP Education Complete The provision for a DPC has been written into the Bylaws and new members will be elected in October 2016
Officer's Question Time 19-Feb-15 VP Societies and Communication Live Due to lack of engagement with previously organised question times the executive are sending out more frequent newsletters and investigating how a question time could be run more effectively.  
Halls Reps 19-Feb-15 VP Community and Welfare Live More feedback opportunities will be available throughout the year 16/17 in hope to set up a halls reps system. There is also a full time member of staff the Residential Community Coordinator who is working to work with students to improve their unviersity accomodation experiences.
Ethical Lettings and Campaigning for Change 19-Feb-15 SU President  Live The ethcial lettings charter has been signed by The Students' Union, The Mayor & Bristol SU: bit.ly/2cEQEIL
BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Student Representative Part time Officer 19-Feb-15 VP Community and Welfare Complete This Part Time Officer role will be elected in the Students' Union by-elections. Nominations open on the 22nd September 2015 and close on the 16th October 2015. 
Motion for Extra Support for Vulnerable Students 19-Feb-15 VP Community and Welfare Live
Help With Health Costs 19-Feb-15 SU President Live An amended version of this motion has been sent to NUS Conference 2015: Page 53 
Blurred Lines? Raising the Issue of Sexual Harassment at University 20-Nov-14 VP Community and Welfare Live

The VP Community and Welfare will be working on Freshers' publications in the coming months and reviewing information given to new students.

In November 2014, the VP Community and Welfare ran an Anti-Abuse Campaign at UWE this helped to lobby the university and engaged with a large number of students to take a zero tolerance approach.

The activity included students wearing white ribbons as well as making pledges as a result the Pro Vice Chancellor of UWE lobbied the Bristol Mayor to run a Bristol wide campaign against domestic abuse and violence. As a result of the Anti-Abuse Campaign the Intervention Initiative will be implemented across all faculties to educate students how to become an active bystander to take a zero tolerance approach to sexual abuse, harrassment and violence. Both Universities and Students' Union's in Bristol have signed a policy to take a zero tolerance approach.

The VP Community and Welfare is launching a 'Late Night Do It Right' campaign across Freshers' and beyond to engage with students on these key messages.

The Students' Union is sitting on a joint board with Bristol SU and the Univesities to propose projects to tackle sexual violence and harrassment including adopting a safe space policy. The Students' Union venues policies will reflect these changes when dealing with these matters. 

Christian Prayer Room 20-Nov-14 VP Community and Welfare Completed The VP Community and Welfare has passed this to the University and the multipfaith Chaplain who has taken it into consideration when planning space provision for the future. The faith space provision across the Univesity's campuses is currently being reviewed, there are plans to develop the Glenside faith space into an effective multifaith space over the next two academic years. Bower Ashton and the Arnolfini site have dedicated multifaith space for all students to access. The Community Hub will continue to provide multiple prayer rooms on Frenchay. 
Commitment Sourcing Ethical and Fair Trade Products 20-Nov-14 SU President Live No update available.
Continue to Maintain the Integrity of Student Media 20-Nov-14 VP Societies and Communications Complete

This motion is complete.

VP for Societies and Communications has set up a meeting with the new committee members (2015/16) to discuss the policy and their responsibilities as committee members of these student groups. 

Disposable Plastic Cup Use at SU Bars 20-Nov-14 VP Societies and Communications Complete

This motion is complete.

From January 2015 all Students’ Union’s bars will be serving from glass and mugs. The exemptions to this are for large events such as Lock-In and Freshers

Funds and Bursaries for Students 20-Nov-14 VP Community and Welfare Complete VP Community and Welfare has taken resolves to UWE Equality and Diversity Unit to discuss funding for students. This has also been taken to the UWE Money Advice and Funds Service for consideration. We are aware of national action on this issue through the NUS and will be engaging with future campaigns. This has also been raised with UWE Management in various discussions. UWE have committed to covering the, formerly government provided, Access to Learning fund for the 2014/2015 academic year. This fund which totals over £500,000 will be used to help students with the financial costs of University.
Get the Vote Out 20-Nov-14 SU President  Complete The Students' Union are working closely with Bristol City Council, South Glos Council and Bristol University Students' Union to encourage students to register to vote. Since October the Students' Union have run several voter registration events, including door knocking the Frenchay Student Village as well as on campus activities. On 5th February we will be launching a cross city ballot to gain student opinion on a range of issues. For the latest updates check out www.uwesu.org/ge15
LGBT Officer for Equality 20-Nov-14 SU President Complete

This motion is complete.

The position of LGBT Officer has now been filled as part of the March 2015 Officer Elections. 

Mental Health Support at UWE 20-Nov-14 VP Community and Welfare Live

The community and welfare officer has been working with Staff at UWE who are also representatives of Mental Health charities and passing them onto the VP education to help the current APT review which is being undertaken.

The Community and Welfare officer is running a student support campaign aimed at finding out what students thought about the support on campus and what provisions there are. He is currently in the process of writing the results up as a report, planning focus groups and lobbying for change. The community and welfare officer has been working with Staff at UWE who are also representatives of the charities Anorexia and Bulimia Care and Beat to increase visibility of support around eating disorders for example on the advice centre website and is currently looking into how to extend this to accommodation.

The Students' Union is a project partner in the Univesity's Resilience Project, which aims to support UWE students in accomodation with mental health considerations, this will involve mental health and specific training delivered to Wardens, Academic Staff, PAL leaders, Students' Union staff, Info Point staff and other important advisers. This project will launch in September 2015 under the Wellbeing Service.

Students' Union staff are attending mental health first aid training to ensure all activities can be inclusive and safe.  

Partnering Up With University in Gaza 20-Nov-14 VP Education Complete

This motion is complete.

VP Education has been in discussions with the Director of Academic Services about this. Unfortunately, the university does not have resource to establish a partnership in Gaza. It will however continue to strengthen links in country with an already established partnership with UWE.

Removal of Polyethylene Bags from SU Shops and Bars 20-Nov-14 VP Societies and Communications Complete

This motion is complete.

Polyethylene bags have now been removed from the SU Shop and Bar

The Only Woe is Wessex 20-Nov-14 SU President Live

Ongoing work has been taking place through ‘The Only Way is Wessex?’ consultation which involves engaging with bus operators and the university. Smartcards are now available on First Bus Services (http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/touchsmartcard/about.html)

There are ongoing conversations between the university, students’ union and bus operators around transport in the city. The Students’ Union will be writing to the Mayor of Bristol about student concerns.


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