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 or require further information on the AGM of on any submitted AGM motions, then please contact the President (Communications & Democracy).

 

BUS STOP ACCESSIBILITY PROBLEM

AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

The bus stop at RGU is in a location which makes it difficult for people going between buildings to walk on the pavement, especially when people are coming off or going on the bus.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

It makes the University look inaccessible. People who are in wheelchairs or have to use a cane to get places are especially affected by this. If it’s difficult for an able-bodied student to move past the queue of students then imagine how difficult it is for someone who isn’t able-bodied.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

Reassess where the bus stop could go on campus OR try and figure out a way to make this area of campus more accessible for students.

 

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LIBRARY OPENING HOURS DURING CHRISTMAS BREAK

AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

The Library is open 24 hours during exam periods but not all RGU students take exams. Some have coursework which requires research and therefore need use of the Library. Most international students don’t travel during the Christmas break; instead, they work on coursework which often needs to be submitted in the first week of January. Having the Library close, affects students a lot, as most of them don’t have personal laptops and they depend solely on the Library for their research and writing of coursework.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

RGU:Union should act to ensure the Library is open all year round (Christmas day inclusive) even for a few hours. This will improve the stress levels of students when it is time for coursework submission.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

RGU should have AD HOC staff during the December break to man the library for at least six hours during the break to enable students’ access.

 

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CHANGE THE UNION AGM MOTION SYSTEM AND TO DIGITISE THE AGM MOTION VOTING SYSTEM

AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

The system of being able to put motions in and have an active influence on the student community as a student is great in theory but the way it is currently implemented does not ensure that motions actually get seriously pursued.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Motions voted on at the AGM are selected by the Executive Committee without any apparent guidelines in place. This can result in motions the Union is aware cannot be achieved being presented while other, achievable motions, are dropped.

The way progress on existing motions is monitored and reported is lacking. The Executive Committee is barely held accountable to achieve motions and progress is only reported when one is achieved, failures to achieve and slow progress are quietly ignored.

Because the reporting is lacking, most students are unaware of how the motion system works or that students can submit motions at all.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

The Union should work to create a framework for selecting, monitoring and reporting motions. The guidelines for selecting motions should consider the motion’s viability, whether they are reasonable and sensible, and the overall positive impact the achievement of the motion would have on the student community.

The framework should hold the Executive Committee accountable to continuously working on the motions. At last, there should be regular reporting on motion progress that is accessible to all students. With regular reporting, the student body should also become more aware of the existence of the motion system and the Union’s AGM.

 

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ACCESS TO SUCCESS

AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Ascertain the books that are essential for studying and that they are up-to-date.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

They are too expensive and there are not enough copies of them. Roman law for example underpins law in Scotland. There are only 3 online copies by the library and people get kicked off when another student tries to access them. This results in students not being able to work on their thesis or coursework.

Additionally, the library is seriously lacking in other texts (hard copies or online) and RGU students have limited access to other libraries. I imagine this is not a problem solely constricted to law.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

More books. It has been brought up at rep meetings, however, it has been said that there is not enough funding. Law is seriously underfunded and begs the question, how can RGU be recognised for law if it does not invest in its students. It makes them feel unimportant and not really part of the University.

 

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ELIMINATE STUDENT HUNGER AND BY EXTENSION ANXIETY, STRESS AND SHAME

AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

RGU: Union should take action against hunger, so students can focus on their coursework to obtain their degrees. There’s a good chance that several people at RGU are dealing with this issue. This is the time to end the issue for the students at RGU.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

It is an issue that should not exist in 2020 on RGU campus. Students have enough to worry about (exams, papers, tuition, rent, etc…) so let this issue end and let it be one less worry for students.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

A Foodbank to provide free food items to students so that they can take them home and prepare a meal.

 

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INSTALL REVERSE VENDING MACHINES ON CAMPUS

AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Recycling bins are a good idea but they rely on a student’s good conscience for them to be used to their maximum potential. Many students discard their rubbish, recyclable or not, into the general waste bins and, as a result, those bins often fill up quite quickly with waste that ought to be recycled.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

With green policy becoming a more pressing issue by the day, it is time to - at least partially - rethink how to incentivise students to recycle.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

Installing Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) on campus will incentivise students to recycle their empty beverage containers (plastic/glass bottles and cans). For example, every container put into an RVM could reimburses the user 10-15p. This will encourage students to recycle more as they will be able to save money. Installing them near food and drink outlets would help promote their use.

Many supermarkets and universities across the U.K. have already installed RVMs - It is time for RGU to do the same!

 

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RGU 20-DAY FEEDBACK POLICY REVIEW

AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

There have been several wide-scale breaches of RGU’s Academic Regulations with regards to the returning of feedback following assessments. In some cases, the time between exams/hand-ins and feedback reached 30-40 days.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

The period between exams/assessment hand-ins and when students receive feedback can be almost as stressful as that of the assessment period itself. This year saw students start a semester before receiving the previous semester’s results and on top of that, many students were unaware when feedback and grades would be shared. This breaks the Academic Regulations of RGU and just as students must obey these, so must staff members and school management.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

The Union should continue to work with RGU’s Department for Governance and Academic Quality to review all exam and assessment feedback dates to fully investigate the problem, and work to ensure that Heads of School deal with any issues found to ensure this does not happen in future semesters.

 

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TAKE ACTION ON ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE

AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Aberdeen’s street layout is designed to favour vehicles over cyclists and pedestrian. Cycle lanes do not continually run in a seamless, uninterrupted manor. There is substantial congestion in and around Union Street with air pollution close to the legal limit. Union Street has also seen a footfall reduction leading to a 1/5 of business premises being left empty.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Commuting by car has a 32% higher chance of death compared to cycling or walking. In Scotland, 2/3 people are overweight/obese at a cost of £600 million pa to the NHS, and air pollution costs the lives of 2500 people and the economy £1.1 billion pa.

Aberdeen’s street layout has led to a disconnect between citizens and the streets on which they inhabit. Union Street is divided by a 4-lane street which results in a social disconnection. This is a leading factor in store closures on Union street as people avoid the divided city-centre. Additionally, as evidenced by the reduction in footfall, the multi-store car parks have not brought economic success to the centre, and now high-street bosses are calling for the pedestrianization of Union street.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

RGU should commit to the aiding of development of pedestrianization, cycling and road infrastructure within Aberdeen. Contact and links with the main authorities controlling and influencing city planning need to be developed. We should aim to accumulate and use data to help influence city planning and assist in determining road layout.

Road layout should aim to segregate the three groups (bike lanes protecting cyclist from vehicles and cyclists from pedestrians) to solve the problem of differential speed. We should aim to produce detailed plans on the changes needing to be implemented to increase footfall in the centre and the number of people commuting by walking/cycling.

RGU should commit itself to producing a presentation for the public to be shown to via an open evening at RGU so that feedback and subsequent alterations can be made before presenting to the council with the goal of influencing the next transport strategy, which begins 2021.

 

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PRAYER ROOM IN THE SIR IAN WOOD BUILDING

AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Students, staff, lectures, and guests of the Islam faith should have a convenient space available especially when students are studying or writing papers. Taking the time to go to the Chaplain’s building/Kaim is not suitable when the weather is bad or when people are unable to walk that far. Prayer mats should also be available.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Some Muslims are currently seen praying in stairwells or hallways. This does not create a sense of inclusivity. The act of not having a prayer room, gives the message that we know you are here and you are tolerated, but you are not fully accepted.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

A dedicated prayer-room. Perhaps, next to the mail room if space is not available or one of the breakout rooms could be converted.

 

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SOCIETY PRODUCTIVITY SUITE UPGRADE

AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Societies struggle with signing into devices and using G-Suite. All committee members use one account per society; this one account system is due to the limitations of the Union’s G-Suite system, where there is a restriction on the number of users. An alternative, Microsoft Office suite, is more popular and more widely used.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Due to the single account implementation of G-Suite, Google’s security mechanisms fight against societies. It detects multiple devices and people simultaneously using one account, this can lead to: messaging verification request codes around; auto-signed out of devices; auto-sign out, when two people use the web app; emails being marked as read for everyone, after one member read the email.

Other notable issues are: limited storage; insufficient tracking of changes in documents; account freezing.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

Office 365 and Teams are office apps and services people use every day. Teams is the central hub where all the apps work together, allowing presentations, meeting minutes, communication, plans and more to exist together in an easy to use app.

G-Suite can’t compare to the ease of use and familiarity that Office 365 provides. RGU students use Office 365 at university and at home already, and these are the same tools used by industry professionals. A society with better tools can spend less time managing tasks and more time running events and giving better experiences to students. This will also help new committees as they should easily be able to work with the documents and plans after a hand over.

RGU will need to install Microsoft Teams on PCs across university so you don’t have to use the web or phone app (including RGU MyApps). The Microsoft default storage limit for Teams is 2TB or Unlimited; if RGU has changed it, a reasonable amount should be agreed between the Union and RGU.

 

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BRING BACK RGU'S SOCIAL SPACES

AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

RGU social spaces on Campus and in Aberdeen for students to socialise and relax no longer exist.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

These spaces were for students to do what they wanted with them, being students! Meeting friends, new people and even people from a different school or university. These interactions are now far from common. This is a key part of student life and should be brought back.

If you aren’t in student accommodation, you may not have experienced meeting people at all, apart from in classes. This disconnect with the community of students needs to be resolved.

Aberdeen and universities across the U.K. already have their own, and this may also help RGU to maintain its student satisfaction rating.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

RGU will work with the Union to reinstate equivalent or improved social spaces through, but not limited to: Provisioning of new, existing or reconfigured premises; Setting out a timetable for the planning and executing of this project that is ratified by the Union; Publication of plans and timetables to ensure accountability of the University to the will of its students; Actively promote these spaces as part of student life; Publication of quarterly progress reports on the project until completion (as ratified by the Union).

 

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