20th November is a date that should be highlighted in every serious student’s calendar. The Annual General Meeting which takes place in room 2B025 at Frenchay campus gives each one of you an opportunity to speak up. If you have any ideas on how to improve the running of our Students’ Union or if you just want to leave a footprint on UWE’s history, this is the place for you to be.
“The main purpose of the AGM is for students to come together as members of the SU and set policy for the forthcoming years, hold their elected officers to account as well as hear from all other aspects of the SU as an Organisation,” says JJ Clark, the VP Education at UWE.
Will Anderson, a third year politics student who spoke at the AGM last year, focused on banning Payday lenders on campus. “My experience was a good one and it was great to see my motion passed. It was scary getting up in front of everyone,” he says. “However, the issue I raised affected a friend of mine and I am passionate about making sure that students are not ripped off.”
What do other students know about this event? “I have never heard anything about it. I find it quite distressing as it seems like it is really important,” claims Creative Industries student Hannah McGeachy. Marius Brem, another undergraduate at Bower Ashton, on the other hand, knows what the purpose of the AGM is. “It’s a general meeting where the leaders of the SU present what they have done so far and what they are planning on doing.”