AGM Motion Archive

Welcome to RGU:Union's AGM Motion Archive page. Here we intend to archive the AGM motions that RGU:Union has ceased working on, and you will be able to explore the findings and outcomes that RGU:Union has come to whilst endeavouring to implement your motions!

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

Passed at AGM 2019/20

Passed at AGM 2018/19

Passed at AGM 2017/18

Passed at AGM 2016/17

Passed at AGM 2015/16

Passed at AGM 2014/15

Can't find a motion passed at a previous AGM? Head over to the AGM Motion Tracker which lists motions that have been passed at one of our AGMs that RGU:Union are currently working on.

 

RGU 20-DAY FEEDBACK POLICY REVIEW

Passed at AGM 2019/20 on 18/02/2020

WHAT IS THE MOTION?

The original motion “RGU 20-day Feedback Policy Review” was passed, with no amendments, at the Union’s AGM 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.

MOTION OUTCOME

Following extensive meetings between University management and the President (Education & Welfare) and Vice President (Education), lecture capture has been rolled out across all Schools and lecture recordings are now being made available. The President (Education and Welfare) and Vice President (Education) will continue to work with the University to ensure that as students return to campus in a blended learning form, lecture capture becomes the norm for all campus-based teaching activity.

 

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ROLL LECTURE CAPTURE OUT ACROSS ALL SCHOOLS ON A FORMAT ACCESSIBLE TO ALL

Passed at AGM 2018/19 on 18/02/2019

WHAT IS THE MOTION?

The original motion “Roll lecture capture out across all schools” was amended to “Roll lecture capture out across all schools, on a format accessible to all”.

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

There are hundreds of legitimate reasons why a student may miss a lecture: illness, a lack of childcare, mental health reasons, a part-time job, a family emergency, and the list goes on. If a class is missed, that student has no record of what happened except from the materials on moodle. In addition, students with accessibility issues such as dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or hearing and sight impairments may struggle to absorb all information discussed in lectures.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

Schools across the university should adopt the lecture capture practise currently been widely used in the Law School and School of Creative and Cultural Business to allow all students to not only access missed lectures in full but have a valuable revision resource come exam time.

The technology is already available across the university. It’s time for all schools to see the benefit of recorded lectures.

MOTION OUTCOME

The President (Education and Welfare) and Vice President (Education) will continue to work with the University’s Assistant Chief Academic Officer and Department for Governance and Academic Quality to ensure that RGU’s Schools adhere to the University’s Assessment and Feedback policy both during the COVID-19 alternative arrangements and once the University returns to usual teaching, learning and assessment practices.

 

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MAKE FIRST SEMESTER 1 WEEK LONGER

Passed at AGM 2018/19 on 18/02/2019

WHAT IS THE MOTION?

The motion “Make first semester one week longer” was passed, with no amendments, at the Union's AGM 2019.

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

When exams were moved to before Christmas, the number of weeks that the first semester runs for was reduced by one week. This is a problem because the curriculum was designed for the longer period, and with the current state of things students are either missing an entire week’s worth of material or have material crammed into fewer weeks. This also leads to more stress because there is less time to learn all the material and less time for hand-ins during the semester.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

Making uni start a week earlier in September.

MOTION OUTCOME

The President (Education & Welfare) and Vice President (Education) have worked throughout with University management around the Academic Calendar. Due to RGU running a third semester, increasing the length of Semester one is not possible. However, some changes have been made to ensure the year works better for students. For the 2020/21 academic session, semester one will begin on 7th September and this week shall be reserved for Freshers’ activities and induction lectures only. Additionally, it was also been agreed that semester two shall start one week earlier.

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MORE COURSE OPTIONS FOR 4TH YEAR STUDENTS

Passed at AGM 2018/19 on 18/02/2019

WHAT IS THE MOTION?

The motion “More course options for 4th year students” was passed, with no amendments, at the Union's AGM 2019.

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

On their final year of study, business students face the choice of selecting courses which are going to shape their Honours year at Robert Gordon University. Between semester 1 and 2, students must select optional courses for a total number of 3 modules out of the 6 that are going to be taught during the year. However, there is no wide choice among the optional courses compared to many other universities which offer a more substantial curriculum of them.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

The motion is to propose more options for those students who, after coming back from their placement, have to spend their last year in university which is going to be determinant for their future as master students/professionals. The optional courses would likely concern subjects which lack inside the structure of management courses, such as finance (e.g. optional course in International Finance/Financial Markets) and other areas of interest of the business management field (e.g. entrepreneurship ..)

MOTION OUTCOME

The President (Education and Welfare) and Vice President (Education) will continue to work with the University’s Assistant Chief Academic Officer and Vice Principal for Academic Development and Student Experience to ensure that the increase of module and course options remains a consideration during course reviews.

 

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FREE TO PEE!

Passed at AGM 2018/19 on 18/02/2019

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

The signage on the disabled toilets around campus isn't representative of the spectrum of people with disabilities and it implies that these facilities are only meant for wheelchair users. It also implies that it is only for people who identify as disabled. People with conditions such as Crohn's or Colitis may not identify as disabled but require the use of an accessible toilet. People who do not use wheelchairs but still require the accessibility of a disabled toilet can face verbal abuse and discrimination from members of the public who think that only wheelchair users can use these facilities. For this reason, students/staff members who require these facilities may not feel comfortable using them.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

RGU Union should encourage/put pressure on the University to implement the replacement of the current signage with the new signage of ‘ACCESSIBLE TOILET’ with the additional text of ‘NOT EVERY DISABILITY IS VISIBLE’

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the toilet signage has been adapted for accessible toilets at the University. This ensures that these toilets shall now be more inclusive whilst also aiding to break the stigma that only those with visible disabilities can use accessible toilets. The signage now reads "accessible toilet....not every disability is visible".

 

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RELEASE EXAM DATES EARLIER

Passed at AGM 2018/19 on 18/02/2019

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

This is a problem because students have no way of planning exam time, before the exam dates are released. International students either have to wait until dates are released to book plane tickets at which point they are way more expensive or book tickets for after the last day of exams which means potentially being able to spend less time with family before Christmas than they could have (in the case of first semester).

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

Ask the uni to release exam dates earlier in the semester.

MOTION OUTCOME:

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the University have now agreed to release exam dates earlier. It was provisionally determined that this could be in the last week of October of within the first week of November.

 

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NEED FOR AN AFFORDABLE TIMETABLING MOBILE APPLICATION WITH ALERTS INTRODUCED DURING DEVELOPMENT

Passed at AGM 2018/19 on 18/02/2019

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Timetables and lecture halls tend to vary, the chances of finding your lecture class in time when it has been changed for a particular lecture can be challenging, especially for new students. Also, there is currently no quick or easy method to locate lecture halls and times if there has been an impromptu change.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

To create a timetabling app. An app that enables real life updates of time tables: Shows direction to the lecture classes especially when they are changed. Easily accessible with quick navigation features (not too complex)

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the MYRGU app has now been launched. The app should provide students with everything they need in one place and with notifications to keep you updated. The MYRGU also synchronises with the web based desktop site, providing access to the same apps and data for a seamless experience. Features of the MYRGU app include: Full access to your personalised timetable, Moodle integration, Offline access, Library account,Email and Balances.

 

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IMPROVE STUDENT PREPERATION FOR STUDY ABROAD

Passed at AGM 2018/19 on 18/02/2019

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

There is insufficient information provided to outbound exchange students when preparing to study abroad. They are provided with information regarding emergency situations, insurance and the application process, but next to no information about academic related issues such as: what if you fail a module abroad? or institution specific information such as how different are the university teaching methods to Robert Gordon?

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

There should be more transparency on the academic issues and protocols surround studying abroad so that students know what will happen in the event that something doesn't go to plan at their new university.

In addition, a student experience bank should be set up where previous study abroad students can record their experiences at the specific institution they attended and answer questions they wish they had the answers to before studying abroad.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the University have agreed to work closely with respective departments to ensure adequate and sufficient information and support is provided for students prior to placement on study abroad. This will be overseen by the University's Student Life department.

 

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INTRODUCE FREE CONDOMS IN TOILETS

Passed at AGM 2017/18 on 19/02/2018

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 don't feel comfortable coming in to ask for them.

WHAT 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 STls and student drop-outs from pregnancy.

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 struggle to afford sanitary products.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

The Union should introduce both items free of charge in toilets as some other Scottish universities, such as Glasgow University. This could possibly be through dispensers commonly seen in public toilets. Students will be able to access them, stigma and embarrassment 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 a government initiative to allow free sanitary towels in schools, colleges and universities which could mean it will be relatively cost free once dispensing methods are in place.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, and in line with Scottish Governmental requirements, the University shall continue to supply free sanitation products and RGU:Union shall continue to provide free sanitary products and condoms. However, the toilets within the University will not house dispensaries which supply free condoms.

 

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PHONE CHARGING LOCKERS

Passed at AGM 2017/18 on 19/02/2018

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Students often can't find a 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

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, it was concluded that the University could not provide phone-charging lockers due to safety concerns and the potential costs involved.

 

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IMPROVE THE LOCKER SITUATION IN BUILDINGS ACROSS THE CAMPUS

Passed at AGM 2017/18 on 19/02/2018

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.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, this was carried forward to the University's Estates department and Property Services Department. Recommended changes and improvements have subsequently been made and shall continue to be monitored.

 

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EXTEND ACCESS TO MACS

Passed at AGM 2017/18 on 19/02/2018

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.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the University have made the Learning Centre accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week for students. Additional work shall be undertaken to extend access to the Library.

 

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MANDATORY TRAINING FOR STUDENT SOCIETIES AND SPORTS CLUBS ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AND OTHER KINDS OF VIOLENCE

Passed at AGM 2017/18 on 19/02/2018

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 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 on 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 making the matter worse.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

All 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 matter.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions to find possible ways of implementing this motion, and held extensive discussions with the University on this issue. As a result of these discussions, the Union has ensured an increase in awareness around GBV and in GBV first-responder training across campus. There has also been the implementation of the Report and Support system and the Speak Up, Speak Out campaign.

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IMPROVE EXISTING SYSTEMS OF EDUROAM, CAMPUS MOODLE AND INTERNET SERVICE IN UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION

Passed at AGM 2017/18 on 19/02/2018

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

WiFi and Module Navigation

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

There's been a widely 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-ons to help the Eduroam WiFi if too much traffic has been the issue for usage. Also, the University may get hold of a new/better WiFi service provider to suit the need of the majority.

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

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the University have requested the University's IT department ensure Eduroam and WiFi supporting systems are improved. The University have also launched the MYRGU app, making it more accessible for students to navigate Campus Moodle on their devices.

 

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24HR ACCESS TO ARCHITECTURE STUDIOS FOR 2 WEEKS BEFORE DEADLINES

Passed at AGM 2016/17 on 16/02/2017

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

While many courses are assessed mainly by exam and benefit from 24-hour library opening times during exam season, Architecture is a project-based course and requires innumerable studio hours to develop and complete a project.

During final deadline times, architecture students are regularly required to work into the late hours to complete models, digital design work and hand drawings in the studio.

Currently, when deadlines approach and students are under the most pressure to work longer hours on their projects, architecture students have two options: to abandon their projects at 22:30 on weeknights, and at 20:30 on weekends, or to transport delicate pieces of work home, such as cardboard models and hand drawings, often by bus.

CAD projects are also frequently left to wait until the studio reopens because, although student versions of AutoCAD, etc. are available, the computers required to run these are often out of students' financial reach.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Architectural hand drawings and models are delicate and should not be transported, wherever possible, by bus or in the inclement weather.

Risking damage to a project just to transport it home to continue working there causes an unnecessary increase in stress levels in a field that is already very demanding. The interruption in project development of transporting the project to a new location and re-setting the working environment not only risks damage to the project, but wastes time and hinders the continuity of idea generation and development.

Working students are also at a disadvantage with the current opening time regime, because their work schedules often require them to work across a large portion of the opening times currently offered, particularly on the weekends, when these are reduced even further. It is common practice in the world of architecture school to have 24-hour opening times all year in studio.

Computer-based design work can be carried out at home, but only for students whose pockets are deep enough to afford the hardware required to run CAD programmes. The disruption and loss of time caused by travelling home to carry on working on digital design is a disadvantage for all students undertaking this work.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

We propose that for two weeks before all-stage final deadlines, the Sir Ian Wood Building architecture studios are kept open for 24-hour opening times.

We propose that the Students' Union work with RGU and students to determine when these extended opening times would be most beneficial to students, and to present students with a plan of implementation to keep university fair and accessible for both exam-assessed and coursework-assessed courses.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the University have asked the studio to find another way to attend to the required need as the University could not commit to 24-hour access to the studio.

 

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HOT WATER FACILITIES ON CAMPUS

Passed at AGM 2016/17 on 16/02/2017

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

In many cultures across the world, hot beverages such as tea contribute a large part to the general diet. In Asia in particular, many countries consume large quantities of tea and this popularity is spreading to western nations as the health benefits of drinking tea are realised. Currently, if you take your own tea bag to the university, you need to pay 20p to the vendors to cover the cost of the hot water and cup.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Overall this is not a massive problem. However, the queues at the catering vendors can be quite long, especially at busy times of day. When all you want is hot water to make a cup of tea or instant coffee this wait can be quite frustrating especially if you are studying or are on a short break from class. Furthermore, introducing hot water dispensers could make international students who are used to seeing hot water facilities everywhere at home feel more comfortable.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

Encourage RGU:Union to lobby the University to introduce hot water dispensing facilities in each building.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the University could not commit to providing hot water facilities throughout the campus due to Health & Safety reasons. Aramark also could not commit to providing hot kettles on campus, however, this is to be revisited upon the release of the next tender.

 

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LOWER PRICE OF STUDENT HALLS AT RGU AND MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT THE MONEY STUDENTS SPEND ON ACCOMMODATION IS USED FOR

Passed at AGM 2016/17 on 16/02/2017

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

The price of accommodation in Aberdeen is incredibly high, and is a big concern for many students. Aberdeen has traditionally been one of the most expensive places in the UK, with rent rising exponentially. Student halls in Aberdeen have also been seen to be extremely expensive, with RGU currently not offering any properties for less than £100 a week. While the oil downturn has caused private rent to reduce, RGU halls have remained the same, and are still incredibly expensive for the student community.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Financial issues are a big concern for students and a cause of stress and worry. Students often have to work part time jobs and juggle studies to keep up with rent payments which are significantly higher than student income. This adds additional pressure to student's workload and wellbeing.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

We believe RGU:Union and student representatives should be actively engaged in the price setting for student halls and participate in negotiations around contracts for student halls. The cost of halls should be made transparent to students. Finally, RGU should reduce the prices of their accommodation in line with the change in the rental market and have options for students on the lower incomes.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, it was established that the University runs on a break-even basis and that the price of halls is considered and as such, no movement is expected. However, this motion did lead to the creation of the Live Right campaign and has instigated the Union to lobby the University for an RGU Guarantor Scheme.

 

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INTRODUCE REASONABLY-PRICED HEALTHIER CATERING OPTIONS AND A GREATER VARIETY OF CATERING OPTIONS ON CAMPUS, AND INFORMATION ON COMMON DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Passed at AGM 2016/17 on 16/02/2017

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

There is a limited number of healthy catering options on campus. With new additions such as Papa Johns, and regular meals such as fried food and burgers, there is a limit on the variety of options available, especially for healthy options.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Many students want the opportunity to eat healthier and stay fit at university. Lots of research shows that a better diet and exercise increases wellbeing and learning.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

RGU should provide a sufficient variety of options in catering outlets, and introduce new healthy options.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, 'Fresh Off The Chopping Board', where the food is prepared specifically to be healthier, has been initiated. Healthier cooking methods are being used and the meals themselves shall contain at least one portion of vegetables. Vegetarian and vegan students shall also benefit from these changes, with more options now being made available. Additionally, a value range has been introduced for lower-cost options, and discussions are ongoing about providing halal meat.

 

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LOBBY FOR CONTINUED FUNDING FOR RGU GO GREEN

Passed at AGM 2016/17 on 16/02/2017

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

RGU Go Green is one of RGU:Union's most successful and impactful projects. Go Green has been able to launch an incredible number of projects to impact RGU's carbon footprint. Everything from a bike hire scheme, to a community allotment, to a veg bag scheme, to this year, Aberdeen's first Zero Waste Community Café. The project has been an outstanding success.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Unfortunately, RGU Go Green gets its funding annually from the Scottish Government, but when the funding runs out, the Go Green project will finish and the activities will stop. This means that the great work that Go Green have been able to do cannot continue.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

RGU:Union should lobby for continued funding for Go Green. This would include applying for more funding for the Scottish government or other sources, and lobbying the university to invest in supporting the project so that the great work continues.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the Union tried to explore ways to secure additional funding but ultimately failed to secure funding for GoGreen and subsequently for some of its staff members. Since the loss of funding, GoGreen was taken over by RGU:Union's student Group Liveco in 2018 as way of sustaining the Go Green initiative. As a designated Union Student Group, Go Green now receives annual funding from the Union.

 

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INTRODUCE GENDER NEUTRAL TOILETS ON CAMPUS

Passed at AGM 2016/17 on 16/02/2017

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

At present there are no toilet facilities on campus for transgender or gender non-binary students aside from disabled toilets, meaning they may not feel comfortable using the current facilities

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Students who do not identify as the gender they were assigned at birth is increasing, if only in the numbers of students declaring this on university forms. There is a wide range of gender identity variations and gender-neutral toilets would cater for all of these students.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

There are a number of options available detailed in a report by NUS if this was to go ahead. NUS describe gender-neutral toilets (GNT) as toilets that do not require a person to define as any gender. This should be distinguished from unisex, where it is still implied that a person must define as male or female. The report suggests three ways to do this:

1. The Single Toilet Model, which is one or more single gender-neutral toilets with their own sink/hand dryers etc (similar to a disabled toilet) (Staffordshire University SU).

2. The Multiple Cubicle Model, a set of toilets without gendered signage. This can be done by putting in a new set of toilets entirely, or by changing the signs on a set of existing toilets (University of Manchester SU, Birmingham University Guild).

3. The Accessible Toilet Model, whereby the existing disabled toilet is changed into an accessible toilet. These are accessible for disabled people and those who wish to use gender-neutral toilets.

If it was to go ahead then it would provide a safe space as well as toilet facilities for transgender and gender non-binary students.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions and action by the University, the University have now published their Transgender Equality policy confirming that the University shall support a person's right to use the toilets and facilities appropriate to their gender from the point at which the individual declares that they are living their life fully in that gender. Students and Staff now have the option of using gender neutral toilets which are situated throughout the campus.

 

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CHANGING THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR, MOVE EXAMS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Passed at AGM 2015/16 on 18/02/2016

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

The current academic calendar means that RGU starts two weeks later than most universities, and exams are written in January. Sports teams are suffering from the delay and international students are spending a fortune for being at home for only two weeks.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

International students feel it is a problem because we cannot afford to spend the money to go home for only two weeks and have two spare weeks afterwards. What is more, the Christmas break is the time when we get the chance to see our families but instead we have to study hard to get good grades. On top of that, the exams were announced too late this year which was a problem as most of the tickets were sold out and if there were any spare ones they were too expensive.

For sports teams, this cause difficulties as they have a bad start to the season due to the fact that the other universities have had two weeks of training before the first game, whereas we have usually no training sessions before our first match. A poor start to the season can and has cost teams the ability to challenge teams to win the leagues. The union is trying to produce as many high level sports clubs and athletes as they can but they are being hindered by the lack of time to train before the start of the season. Also as most of our games are 2-3 hours away by bus, fielding a team can be difficult for clubs due to students being unable to commit on average 8 hours out of a Wednesday. This results in games having to be arranged and the late start in the year makes the available dates to rearrange a game away from the busy coursework era very difficult. We want a higher standard of performance from the teams and more participation in sport if there is an increase in flexibility of match dates. This change is becoming more vital as the average year of study for players is 3rd year, the final years and more time consuming work load.

Writing exams in January also affects student's psychologically especially international students. Students cannot enjoy Christmas with exams always on their minds during this period. Many of us have not been home since September because exams are in January.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

The solutions is a change of the academic calendar, to move the start of the semester forward and have exams before the Christmas break to sports teams have more time to prepare, international students can go home early and enjoy the holidays, and there is a need to gather more student input.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the Union conducted a student survey and& attended various committee meetings and the University in turn established a working group, set up to design a calendar between students and staff that reflects what students want to see. Academic Council have now approved a new academic calendar for academic session 2018/19 in which first semester assessments are scheduled in December rather than in January.

 

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BRING BACK OUR UNION

Passed at AGM 2015/16 on 18/02/2016

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

When the RGU campus at Schoolhill was moved to Garthdee, the union bar/café/shop also moved. RGU presence in the city centre has been removed as a result of this. However, no real replacement has been made either at Garthdee campus or within the city centre.

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?

Not only RGU students used the union as a vocal point, but Aberdeen college and AU students were also a part of the community that used it. Therefore, there is no true Aberdeen union for all students to come to. In addition, the price of food at RGU Garthdee campus is far more expensive than what the union previously had to offer.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

Create a space for not only RGU students to work as a safe and social hub in the city centre that will provide reasonably priced food.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the development of the Union Way Terrace was undertaken. However, the core aim for a social hub in the city centre was not implemented but discussions concerning Union social space shall continue. A similar motion was voted on by students at AGM 2019/20 and as a consequence this motion has now been closed out, please refer to the more recent motion "Bring Back RGU's Social Spaces and a Bar" for the continuation of these discussions.

 

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FUNDRAISE WITH RGU:RAG

Passed at AGM 2014/15 on 19/03/2015

AGM BELIEVES

RAG should act as an umbrella group supporting all sports and societies in their fundraising. This doesn't mean that RAG will be given credit as such but simply act as a central agent and acting as a valuable resource from which students can utilise for their benefit.

AGM FURTHER BELIEVES

RAG has been around for a long term and as such has the know-how and systems in place to organise and operate many different fund raising activities. In using RAG as a fundraising body students can reap many benefits such as access for media platforms {FREE PR}, access to a pool of volunteers and some equipment if needed. Also RAG already has and intends on expanding its connections with local charities, something students can take advantage of. As well RAG will work hard to record student volunteering hours ensuring that students receive awards and commendations where entitled to.

AGM RESOLVES

All fundraising activities should be logged with (using the word with instead of through emphasises that RAG wouldn't be taking credit) RAG. RAG should act as an umbrella group supporting all sports and societies in their fund raising. It'll be as simple as contacting us, letting us know if we can help you in any way and then recording a total with RAG i.e. a centralised database.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, it was determined that it would not be feasible to implement RAG as an umbrella group whose purpose would be to support all sports clubs, student groups, student networks and societies in their fundraising endeavours. Instead, it was decided they would work in collaboration with any interested parties to jointly promote, manage and support ad-hoc fundraising activities.

 

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TAKE ACTION ON RENT

Passed at AGM 2014/15 on 19/03/2015

AGM BELIEVES

The average rent price in Aberdeen is over £1,000, well above the Scottish average. Rent in the North East is rising faster than anywhere else in Scotland.

AGM FURTHER BELIEVES

RGU:Union should be taking action on rent to ensure that students' are able to find safe, fair and affordable accommodation.

AGM RESOLVES

RGU:Union should affiliate to the Living Rent Campaign to campaign for rent controls in Scotland. RGU:Union executive should be mandated to work with the third sector to represent student tenants.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, the Union did not affiliate with the Living Rent campaign nor did it work with the third sectors to represent student tenant, it did, however, creat it's own Live Right Campaign. The Live Right Campaign aims to support students during the search and the finding of safe and affordable accommodation whilst living and studying in Aberdeen. The Live Right pages on the RGU:Union website provide students with a platform to rate and comment on Aberdeen-based letting agencies and gives accommodation advice on topics such as housing myths, moving-in checklists and flat hunting tips. The Live Right Housing Fair was also launched to give students the opportunity to meet and speak to accommodation providers and to, ultimately, help students of RGU find safe and affordable accommodation.

 

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A BETTER DEAL FOR CATERING

Passed at AGM 2014/15 on 19/03/2015

AGM BELIEVES

Catering on campus is expensive and unreliable. Catering at RGU is run by one company which has no competition.

AGM FURTHER BELIEVES

With the move to the new campus, RGU:Union should be supporting students to find good quality, affordable student meals on campus.

AGM RESOLVES

RGU:Union should lobby the University and Aramark to cut food prices. RGU:Union should argue the case for an alternative catering provider and to encourage the University to entice local businesses to get involved on campus.

MOTION OUTCOME

The Union held discussions with the University to find possible ways of implementing this motion. As a result of these discussions, an alternative catering provider was deemed not possible due to the University's tender with Aramark. However, a subsequent motion has made possible the introduction of a value range which has helped in reducing the potential outlay on food expenditure by students of the University.

 

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