Welcome to RGU:Union's AGM Motion List. Here you will be able to find the AGM motions that have been submitted by the student body of RGU!

Navigate to a specific motion using the list below and if you have any questions about a particular motion or require further information on the AGM, then please contact the President (Communication & Democracy).

 

Climate Literacy

Motion Proposer: Maja Huebers; Motion Seconder: Lorina Dupuy.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Students are not educated enough about climate change. They are not taught how to live a more sustainable life; not only in their free-time but also in their future work environment. 

At RGU, students are not being taught how to 'change our tomorrow' if the environmental impact of every course is not considered. Students need to know how to use their skills to improve our world. 
 

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Scotland has declared a climate emergency. Climate change is happening and to provide a future for following generations we need to act now. The climate crisis concerns each and everyone.  

It is not enough if only Go Green members are educated about the topic and think about ways how to connect their knowledge to their future job.  
 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

We believe that every student should have a fundamental understanding of climate change and that climate literacy be included in every course. 

In every course the topic should be addressed through a module or a lesson that discusses how each field can address and adapt to the climate crisis.  

Every student can also be given the option to attain a recognised climate literacy qualification (e.g. the keep Scotland beautiful carbon literacy qualification). 

 

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Student Climate Assembly

Motion Proposer: Matthew Clubb; Motion Seconder: Maja Huebers.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Climate change is an existential threat to society on every level and while there has been global agreement on the need to tackle the climate emergency through the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 2 degrees, government policies are not commensurate with the reductions in carbon emissions as required by this legally binding agreement. In fact scientific analysis of our fair carbon budget reveals that we have only 6-9 years of current emissions before the 1.5degree climate warming threshold is reached. 

Meanwhile there is a low awareness among the general population of the large scale impacts this will have on our lives and changes we need to make to mitigate climate change. This is especially true in Aberdeen where analysis shows that the transition to renewable energy needs to happen much faster. 
 

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Current government policy puts the UK and Scotland on track for 3 to 4 degrees of warming and scientific predictions show that this could lead to rising sea levels, flooding, biodiversity loss, food chain disruption and more.  

Without properly informed students we cannot hope to change our tomorrow and transition to net zero in time. And we may end up chasing the wrong solutions, or solution that won't be ready in time. 
 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

Part of the solution is informing the student population and allowing them to have their say in the policies of governments and universities. To that end the Scottish Government this year conducted The Scottish Climate Assembly. 

100 randomly selected members of the public were presented with independent science and information about the facts relating to climate change and government policy and allowed to draw their own conclusions about the information presented. This audience were then asked to make recommendations on their findings that would inform government policy. 

We propose that RGU conduct its own Climate Assembly, picking 100 students and staff at random, to take part. Then listen to the recommendations of those who take part. 

GoGreen can actively help to facilitate this.

 

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Climate Emergency

Motion Proposer: Lorina Dupuy; Motion Seconder: Maja Huebers.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Scientific studies have shown that Scotland has 6-9 years due to their current emission rates. To respond to that crisis the Scottish Government have declared a climate emergency. We believe the university should follow the Scottish government footsteps and declare climate emergency. 

We won’t have a future if we don’t face this reality and make the changes that are needed. 
 

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Climate change isn’t going to go away even if we don’t talk about it. We have less than 10 years before it’s too late to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. 

Without declaring a climate emergency, there will be doubt that the university take the matters about a just transition to renewable energy seriously.  
 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

With the other solutions we proposed you, we believe that declaring a state of climate emergency is necessary to make more people aware of this situation and start working on it. It would also send a clear signal to all that RGU take the climate emergency seriously. 

 

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Equal Resources and Additional Support for Students

Motion Proposer: Ribh O'Neill; Motion Seconder: Eileen O'Neill.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way that we learn. We have become an online student community meaning most students are studying in their accommodation. This comes at an additional cost to many students, at a time when lots of students have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. 

Working from our accommodation means bigger heating bills and an increased amount spent of study resources, such as laptops, broadband and other study resources, including books, notepads and pens. Currently, whilst there are developments in terms of supporting students with the provision of food and hygiene products, there does not seem to be any acknowledgement that students can struggle to afford study resources.  
 

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

These issues are having a major effect on students’ physical and mental health. In addition to this, the lack of a safe and comfortable environment or adequate resources makes it harder for students to concentrate on their studies, impacting their grades and therefore their long-term employment prospects.  

We should be closing the gap of this inequality by ensuring every student has the environment and resources they need. 
 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

In the short term, the Students’ Union should investigate the possibility of investing in resources that students need – such as blankets and study materials – making these available through the union’s website, like the free sanitary products.  

Longer term, the Students’ Union should work with the University to investigate how student hardship funds can be increased and widely publicised, to ensure that no RGU student has to study and learn in these conditions 

 

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International Students Hardship Support

Motion Proposer: Damilola Adesanya; Motion Seconder: Patience Ojobe.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

As a result of the pandemic that shook everyone in the UK and all over the world, students have been struggling to make ends meet in the UK. Almost a year after the first lockdown and some students have not been able to cope with the hurdles of daily living and self sponsorship in the UK.  
 

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

The pandemic caused a massive shift in everyday lives. Jobs were lost, and the overall decline in employment have hit international students and particularly the Black and minority ethnic members harder. This has caused a decline in student motivation and overall success rates in academic performance  
 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

A hardship fund accessible to international students studying at RGU to assist and support with the aftermath and continuing effects of surviving during a pandemic, losing jobs, not being able to secure jobs because of the rigors of academic and financial sustainability

 

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European Student Group

Motion Proposer: Antoine Giton; Motion Seconder: Gabija Samsonkovaite.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

With the Brexit, and the Erasmus program withdrawal, the status of EU/EEA student will drastically change. As we are EU students ourselves, we understand how much this change can affect a student's current and future situation.  
 

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

This change can represent stress and confusion regarding the current EU/EEA student status, as well as deteriorate the attractivity of the RGU in Europe.  

UK and EU countries are members of the same continent, and the cultures are similar in many ways. The Brexit creates a separation of the students by UK and Non-UK status, although RGU has so much more diversity to be proud of. 

Additionally, unlike with international and continental societies, RGU counts very few country-based or Europe-based societies, providing difficulties to represent and share our culture with other interested students. 
 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

A group would provide advice and support to European students currently in the university, but additionally to European student looking to join the RGU.  

It can be achieved by giving opportunities to network with other EU/EEA students, animated activities, and cultural exchanges. Additionally, a presence at the RGU Open Days could reaffirm RGU's unconditional support to European students, therefore enhancing its attractivity to EU/EEA students.  

It would give the impression of a progressive policy, allowing the European culture to bloom along with the other continental cultures. This group could become a steppingstone of a supportive and united community.  

In conclusion, it would make the Brexit transition as smooth as possible for current and future students in addition to create an outstanding attractivity in Europe in comparison to other universities

 

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Online study group sessions – Let’s study together!

Motion Proposer: Irina-Cristina Bogdan; Motion Seconder: Ivana Krizova.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Because of COVID-19 lockdown, students cannot meet on campus to study together, network, and share ideas and encourage each other. In this situation, many of them lack motivation, cannot focus, and tend to procrastinate more than before, when it comes to working on assignments, studying for exams, or writing coursework from the space of their own home. 
 

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Due to governmental restrictions, students are not allowed to go to the library, and it is not safe for them to go to cafes either to study with their classmates. Some do not have the option to separate the living space from the study space, and because they are unable to change the environment, they cannot focus very well. This also has an impact on their social and community life. 
 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

This idea provides students an opportunity of collaborative study and productivity sessions by joining an organised online ‘study group’ timetabled in the afternoons/evenings. By signing up, students from all Schools would have an option to join a Zoom/Microsoft Teams group of students who aim to work on their coursework and be more productive. Seeing others study would motivate them and give them a sense of community. This means that students would have their cameras on for accountability and their microphones off for focus. However, those who want to join the session with their camera off are still welcome.  

During the session, the Pomodoro technique would help students manage their time more effectively and allow them to discuss during the breaks what they have managed to do and be more collaborative. Students would also have the option to be part of breakout rooms where they could discuss similar topics and ask for advice or feedback on coursework. The shared encouragement would help students get through stressful times and enable them to deal with difficult situations in the future and become more resilient. 

Some students might set up their own study groups or are part of study groups organised by their lecturers. However, others might not have this opportunity, do not know how to arrange sessions like these, or did not build relationships with their classmates yet due to studying from home.  

Therefore, this concept aims to open the doors to all students, no matter the School, course, or stage, who used to study in the library, learning centre, studios, or cafes, and cannot focus to study from home, and want to regain their motivation and sense of community

 

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Classes on a Wednesday Afternoon

Motion Proposer: Jordan Moore; Motion Seconder: Ross Leven.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Despite an agreement and frequent instruction from the University’s most senior management, including the Principal, many students still find themselves with classes on a Wednesday afternoon.  
 

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

A Wednesday afternoon should be an opportunity for students from all backgrounds to take part in extracurricular activities, whether this be sport, societies, other student activities or just taking a break from studies.  

At a time when we’re all spending so much time in the same space, it’s crucial that students have the time to get up, get out and get some fresh air – and it will be just as important as on campus learning is phased back in.  
 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

All university timetables should be blocked out between 12pm and 5pm on a Wednesday afternoon as default, giving both staff and students the chance to have some time away from work/studying and take part in activity together. 

 

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Transgender and Non-Binary Rights

Motion Proposer: Bart Grabski; Motion Seconder: Claire Vigot.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Robert Gordon University does not provide enough for the LGBTQIA+ committee. We seek signs that could welcome our Trans+ community however none appear. For example, the matter with pronouns stems from trans activism, which promotes the notion of gender identity. The idea that you are a man, or a woman is not based on biological sex but a subjective feeling of self-perception. Therefore, it is important that people use it in day-to-day life and have the opportunity to select correct pronouns. Additionally, the university can deliver much more for the community to create a safer space for the most marginalized of our society.  
 

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

As members of the LGBTQ+ community, we observe the improvements universities, companies and organizations across the world are doing in regards to supporting the trans and non-binary community. We have heard heart-breaking testimonies of trans+ students here at RGU whose experiences are worsened by the inactivity of our university. Therefore, we call the university to action to lessen the gender dysphoria caused to so many. In our country alone, there are up to 500 000 trans and non-binary people so why are we minimizing this community? It is not just the fact that our inaction can lead to depression and suicide, but if change would happen it could attract more trans+ folx who could feel safe at RGU and give our university a better image in the public’s eye.  
 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

The LGBTQIA+ Network Committee expect the university to provide the opportunity for students to select pronouns while enrolling at the University, provide training to staff on trans and non-binary rights (provided by Trans+ folx), and arrange for gender inclusive bathrooms / changing rooms across the campus.

 

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Tuition Fees Discount for International Students

Motion Proposer: Chizobam Maduako; Motion Seconder: Arun Bulian.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

International students are still required to pay full fees during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is increasingly difficult for international students who have lost income and are not getting the same experience.  
 

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

1- Economic impact of pandemic - it's more difficult to raise and pay the tuition fees now because of loss of jobs, and drastic reduction in income & earning power 

2- Considerable drop in holistic experience gained due to need to switch away from alternatives to face to face / physical sessions and environments 
 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

The Students’ Union should work with the University & NUS to look into the possibility of implementing tuition fee discounts for international students as a fallout of the current covid-19 pandemic

 

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Student IT Feedback Framework

Motion Proposer: Calvin Park; Motion Seconder: Irina-Christina Bogdan.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

IT systems affect both students and staff, and a framework does not currently exist to help support students give this feedback, and therefore it may be lost or not acted on.  
 

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Utilising general student feedback along with the hidden network of student subject matter experts has value to both RGU and the wider community. We are all missing out on the value that this brings.  
 

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

Create a framework to provide an approachable no judgemental feedback channel for the student voice and considerations towards a subcommittee or committee position(s) to support this. 

 

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