What happened at Parliament last week?

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This was the first parliament for our newly elected representatives and it was a busy one!

The first item on the agenda was the updates to the big plan; there was a lot that had been done since the last parliament. For regular updates about the progress of the Big Plan please visit:

Next up was a change to our sabbatical officer line up. We currently have 7 sabbatical officers’ roles:

  • President
  • VP Education
  • VP Services & Engagement
  • VP Community & Welfare 
  • VP Southend
  • VP International
  • VP Student Activities.

A number of these roles were tweaked by last year’s Student Parliament but in an interesting development, the current VP Services & Engagement, Molly Purcell, proposed abolishing her current role.

The new position of VP Community & Engagement was created instead, following an intense debate and vote.

Parliament also took the decision to amend the proposal and create a Student Community Officer role for SU Services.

These positions will be elected in March 2020, to be in position for the following academic year. If you are interested in being a sabbatical officer please register your interest here:

The rest of Parliament was very policy focused:

  • The representatives discussed and voted on the length of service for Union Chair
  • Made amendments to the Zero tolerance policy
  • Amended the ISA constitution
  • Extended the Media sharing policy with Rebel
  • Updated the Disciplinary policy.

The Union Chair, Mark Kiley managed a truly outstanding feat and we finished at 8pm on the dot!

For further details on who voted for what, please read the meeting minutes available at





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