CUSU Bulletin: Week 2, Lent 2014-2015
Sent at: 1:44 am, 26th January 2015.
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Welcome to your Week 2 Bulletin! I hope you’ve had a great weekend and are feeling energised for days ahead.
Like many of you, CUSU has spent a lot of this week talking about the idea of introducing a reading week to Cambridge terms. On Monday (following a hearty debate) your college, faculty and minority reps at CUSU Council voted to support the idea of reforming Cambridge’s term structure from 8 continuous weeks to two 4-week blocks, sandwiching a reading week. The student press has seen a lot of arguments put forward, both for and against the idea of a new term structure (you can see more from me on the issue here: http://cambridge.tab.co.uk/2015/01/22/cusu-presidential-address-reading-week/ ) and we know that many students will have concerns that will need to be addressed in any proposal that CUSU puts together. If you have any such concerns, please do get in touch so that we can talk them through with you and take account of them in developing a proposal. Expect more consultation to follow – this is obviously a massive issue and we want to hear from as many of you as possible!
Much of the current discussion has been provoked by the #endweek5blues initiative which is encouraging students not to hand in work during Week 5 of this term, in an attempt to draw attention to unnecessary pressure experienced by Cambridge students (find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/408173616016155/ ). While this isn’t a CUSU campaign, we will be working to inform Colleges and Departments about the fact that this campaign is occurring and to ensure those participating are protected from undue backlash. If you have any questions or concerns about engaging in the #endweek5blues initiative or the work we are doing to protect those participating, just let us know.
Campaigns like this should remind us that students have a lot of power to change how this University works and make it better for generations of students to come - if you want to help CUSU make meaningful change in this University, spend a year of your life campaigning on issues YOU care about and take part in some incredible and inspirational student-led projects along the way, get in touch for more information or fill out this form to let us know you are interested: tinyurl.com/sabbinfo2015
All the best,