Motion 1: Introduce free condoms and sanitary towels in toilets
Motion 2: Phone charging lockers
Motion 3: Improve the locker situation in SIWB
Motion 4: Extended access to Macs
Motion 5: Gender-based voilence and student societies: An action plan
Motion 6: Wifi and module navigation

 

Introduce free condoms and sanitary towels in toilets

Proposer:
Jennifer Ritchie (1502161, Journalism)

Seconder:
Keiran Fleming (1601162, Journalism)

What is the problem?
Currently there is nowhere that students can go to access free sanitary products on campus and although you can access condoms from the Union Office many students aren't aware of this or dont feel comfortable coming in to ask for them.

Why is it a problem?
If students can easily get access to condoms they are much more likely to use them and this will help prevent the spread of STIs and student drop out from pregnacy.

In addition, if a student on their period finds themselves short of sanitary products while at university, they may be forced to miss a class or leave university completely to go buy them. This will also help students who may stuggle to afford sanitary products.


What is the solution?
The union should introducing both items free of charge in toilet as some other Scottish universities such as Glasgow University. This could possibly be through dispensors commonly seen in public toilets. Students will be able to access them stigma and embarrasment free, and will be more aware that they are available to them.

Condoms are already free to the union from the NHS and there is governemnt initiative to allow free sanitary towels in schools, colleges and universities which could mean it will be relitively cost free once dispencing methods are in place.

Would you like to see any changes made to this motion? Find out more about amendments by clicking here.

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Phone charging lockers

Proposer:
Craig Andrew Robertson(1400429, Computing (Graphics & Animation))

Seconder:
Charlotte Little (1419041, Law)

What is the problem?
Students often can't find place to charge phones and they find their phones distracting while they work.

Why is it a problem?
For students, a phone is often a requirement. For the bus ticket app, arranging pick ups, contacting the doctor and many more scenarios. When the student's phone dies, they can be in real trouble. However, when studying in the library or in a class, the phone can prove to be a distraction to both the student and those around them.

What is the solution?
Lockers containing all the usual phone charging cables along with a traditional AC plug. These are commonplace in malls. This investment could be done as a trial in one place or as an upgrade to pre-existing lockers. These lockers, if big enough, could hold more than just the device.

Not only that, this would provide an incentive for some students to get time away from their screens in class or while studying.

Would you like to see any changes made to this motion? Find out more about amendments by clicking here.

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Improve the locker situation in SIWB

Proposer:
Martha Gilmore (1502185, Pharmacy)

Seconder:
Diana Halifa (1607456, Pharmacy)

What is the problem?
There are not enough lockers in the Sir Ian Wood Building (SIWB) for the number of students wanting to use them. There are some classes where students may not take their bags and coats into the class and they need somewhere secure to store them.

Why is it a problem?
This means some students are left without a locker and therefore no secure place to store their coat, bag and even valuables.

What is the solution?
Install more lockers in the Sir Ian Wood Building to allow more students access to secure storage while they are in class.

Would you like to see any changes made to this motion? Find out more about amendments by clicking here.

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Extended access to Macs

Proposer:
Kerry Harrison (1204492, Management with HRM)

Seconder:
Lauren Taylor (1610696, Journalism)

What is the problem?
Students in schools which require software which is only available on university Mac's are disadvantaged by the building opening hours. Aberdeen Business School closes at 5.30 and is not open weekends, therefore students studying in the School of Creative and Cultural Business find it more difficult to access the software they require for personal study time. these labs are also used for teaching purposes, further restricting the times they may be used for coursework

Why is it a problem?
Students find it difficult to get their work finished on time due to the time constraints placed on them. Not everyone can afford a Mac of their own to use and students should be able to have more access to the resources they need

What is the solution?
Longer building/lab opening hours or placing Mac's in other buildings where they would be able to access them for longer

Would you like to see any changes made to this motion? Find out more about amendments by clicking here.

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Gender-based violence and student societies: An action plan.

Proposer:
Adam James Johnston (1407103, Media)

Seconder:
Polina Lukiyanova (1500311, Fashion Mangement)

What is the problem?
Within student societies, instances of gender-based violence cannot be dealt with properly, as there in no clear guidance or system for either the victim or the society heads to follow.

Why is it a problem?
When a student falls victim to a gender based violence within a student society, they do not know whom to go to, or what there options are. Following this, the society heads are not trained on how to respond, or what to do next. 

This can lead to cases going unreported, and victims suffering in silence, affecting not just their studies but their whole lives. Also, with such a highly sensitive subject, a wrong move by the society heads (albeit with good intention) can result in no solution being reached, or even make the matter worse.

What is the solution?
ll Society Presidents and Vice Presidents undertake a mandatory training day. Organisations such as Rape Crisis Grampian come in to train the students on how to spot potential signs, respond to accusations, support those affected, and where to report the matte

Would you like to see any changes made to this motion? Find out more about amendments by clicking here.

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Wifi and module navigation

Proposer:
Michael Ife (1318641, Management)

Seconder:
Emmanuel Eke (1600558, MSc IT for O&G Housing)

What is the problem?
Wifi and Module Navigation

Why is it a problem?
There's been a wide reported issue with wifi and navigating across the campus module. Students do experience connectivity issues due to low performance of the "eduroam Wifi" and the cloud based service have altercation on 3hrs bases which is a key issue for going forward if not tackled

What is the solution?
Try to change or buy new add-on to help the eduroam wifi if too much traffic has been the issue for usage. Also, the University may get hold of new better wifi service provider out there to suit the need of the majority.

For the module navigation, the university may introduce a new software programme package or create n app with the capability features to navigate around modules, classes, sessions, etc

Would you like to see any changes made to this motion? Find out more about amendments by clicking here.

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