CUSU Bulletin: Week 4, Lent 2014-2015
Sent at: 1:45 am, 9th February 2015.
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Welcome to your Week 4 Bulletin!
The CUSU Shadowing Scheme 2015 – the biggest student-led access initiative in the country – finished this weekend. Well over 400 prospective applicants from non-traditional backgrounds have been in and out of the city over the past few weeks. I just want to say a MASSIVE thanks to the hundreds of you who took part by acting as mentors, organising events for the shadows, or just generally being friendly and welcoming to any participants you met – we really couldn’t do it without your support so well done!
This week we have also been out and about on lecture sites getting students to register to vote in advance of this year’s local and national elections. If the pestering hasn’t worked yet (seriously, I spoke to some people on the Downing Site at least 5 times in one day!) why not head to gov.uk/register-to-vote now to make sure you claim your vote. If you are a British, EU or Commonwealth national, you can register online – it only takes 2 minutes!
With Week 5 just around the corner, CUSU is gearing up for Mental Health Week and moving ahead with our Reading Week campaign. Look out for a wide range of events across the University and be ready to take part in some consultation to help us find out more about how workloads and term structures impact your mental health.
For any of you taking part in the #EndWeek5Blues campaign and associated work boycott over Week 5, CUSU will be here to support you. Senior Tutors should have all received a briefing on the premise of the campaign and encouraged to provide guidance to supervisors and DoSs about how respond to students taking part in the boycott. From consultation with Senior Tutors, it appears unlikely that students will face any disciplinary action as a result of not handing in work over Week 5 but you should not expect any work set for during this period to be marked at a later date if it is not handed in on time. Some colleges may suggest that it is not appropriate for you to take part in supervisions if your work is not submitted on time – if you feel that this is unfair and wish to challenge such a decision by your college, get in contact with CUSU who will support you through the process.
Moving away from Cambridge-specific issues, this week you have the opportunity to submit motions or amendments to proposed policy for the National Union of Students. Check out the proposed policy here: http://conference.nusconnect.org.uk/policy/zone-proposals and, if there is anything you would like us to add or change, just get in touch.
Finally, remember that CUSU elections are happening this term. Nominations open on Monday 16th and close on Monday 23rd. If you are interested in any of the following roles, just get in touch!
Full-time sabbatical positions:
- CUSU President
- GU President
- CUSU Coordinator
- CUSU Education Officer
- CUSU-GU Welfare and Rights Officer
- CUSU Access and Funding Officer
- Women’s Officer
Voluntary roles for current students:
- Ethical Affairs Officers (shared role for 2 students)
- NUS Delegate (5 places available)
All the best,