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November Executive Update

Hey Guys!

Another month another council, and we’ve got some great progress to feedback for you all. With such a jam-packed agenda, the majority of the first hour was taken up by updates on new and exciting union policy. I will be quickly summarising some of the progress made in this post, remember that full minutes of the meeting are available online for more details.

Firstly, your councillor David Spoors has made great progress with room availability for societies, unfortunately, David was unable to feedback his progress in person.

It is also worth noting that student’s at Trinity Square can now pick up free condoms, it is our understanding that more Sodexo ran accommodation will be getting similar services soon. As for access to contraceptive products at the student’s union, the amazing Katie Adam’s is pushing the union to provide free and inclusive products to student’s, including female condoms and dental dams that are not normally provided by free schemes. If you have any more ideas about what contraception should be available on campus please contact either Katie or me.

For student’s wanting more £5 notes dispensked on campus, the Santander branch within the student’s union will be allowing withdrawals of £5 from January. This is just the tip of the iceberg on policy updates, I encourage you to have a read through the minutes for more details.

As well as old policy, we also managed to pass some exciting new policy too! Firstly, we have started the process of centralising your union’s advice and support services making it even easier to get help on a wide range of issues. We have also pledged to investigate the state of university Wi-Fi in the hopes of improving speeds.

Starting this month council meetings will have a dedicated section for sabbatical accountability, so if you have any questions for your Sabb team please don’t hesitate to email su.democracy@northumbira.ac.uk

Also, a quick reminder that this week we have elections going on! Make sure to take part and elect your equality reps, NUS delegates and remaining council positions.

Look out for a council Vlog coming in the next few weeks too!

- Jim

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