Student Council: The One with the Cost of Living Crisis

The most recent student council meeting discussed crucial updates within the university, as well as the tackling of the cost of living crisis.

Katie Siddall
30th November 2022
Image credit: Instagram (@newcastlesu)
On Thursday 17th November, the second student council took place. This time there was a lot of information about... the Cost of Living Crisis.

NUSU President, Mady, was the first person to stand up. Mady gave a roundup of everything on going in the days of our Sabbs. She gave us lots of information surrounding the UCU strikes which will be taking place at the end of this month. She also spoke about how clubs and society grants have started being sent out and how Danika and Aleena's mingle event had a good turn out - hopefully there will be another soon.

Mady spoke about more serious issues that have been going on like the rape crisis drops ins, which have been going really well and students have been gaining a lot of support from them. She also spoke about how the pantry has helped many struggling students with being able to eat properly throughout their university experience for the last few weeks.

She also spoke about how the pantry has helped many struggling students with being able to eat properly

Before all this though, Mady spoke - in depth - about the Cost of Living Crisis. She spoke of how there are 100 new jobs on campus, more microwaves being placed in buildings on campus and how she hopes that university catering will start offering cheaper food options for students who are struggling.

Mady and, Education Officer, Mack had a meeting with Nick Brown where they spoke of writing a letter to the chancellor and hopefully gaining a student financial support package. Overall, Mady said this was a successful - and very positive meeting - that will help students in the future.

After Mady's update, things swiftly moved onto motions. There were four motions, one of which was an ordinary motion. This motion, proposed by LGBTQ+ Officer George Wood, speaks of how George wants to "mandate the [Sabbs] to work with the university catering service to lower food prices on campus" - which as we previously know they are already doing.

George wants to "mandate the [Sabbs] to work with the university catering service to lower food prices on campus"

For this motion, George was in consultation with Mack to make it the best possible motion. It passed with 93.5%, meaning that at the next Student Council meeting the Sabbs have to bring details of what they can do and what they are doing to bring food prices lower on campus. Elizabeth Meade, and President Mady, both spoke for this motion with Mady adding that it's an excellent idea to have a written report for next council.

Other notices were by Disability Officer, Lauren, and LGTBQ+ Officer, George, who came up to raise awareness for their respective opportunities on campus.

First Lauren spoke about how it is disability month and how there will be an online panel to celebrate neurodiversity on November 29th.
They will also be on BBC radio Nottingham to talk about their role as Disability Officer and about content creation. They said to contact them for further information about either event.

Lastly, George spoke out on behalf of the First Aid Society, which you can join for £5. St. John's Ambulance are having a recruitment run over the next few months, so if you want to get involved then get in touch with the society (who can help you through this training). You can also go to sessions to learn basic first aid - this might be helpful in your life, so it is always good to know about.

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