Hi! My name is Jack, and I'm your Association Chair!
My role in councils is to convene and chair all meetings of the SRC (Students' Representative Council), the SSC (Student Services Council and SAEC (The Students' Association Executive Committee). Despite the many acronyms, the Association isn't all inaccessible jargon, nor should it be. It is here to work in your interest.
Here is a little bit about how I fit into all of this, and my goals within the position:
1. Chair Meetings
I act as chair for the Association Councils. This consists of making sure that motions proposed by students and Councillors are debated fairly and efficiently, and that any decisions that are passed fall within the remit of the University of St Andrews Students' Association's legal jurisdiction.
2. Chief Administrative Officer
As Chief Administrative Officer, I am responsible for updating and maintaining the Laws, the Standing Orders of the Students' Association. I additionally set the meeting schedule, the agenda, update the minutes, keeping track of councillors attendance and other administrative duties for Councils.
I act as an advisor to the Sabbatical Officers and other members of Councils on the drafting of motions and the implementation of policy and change, as well as the role and remit of Councillors within the structure of the Students' Association.
I can also advise you on how to do this. There are mechanisms in the Students' Association which allow you to use your voice as a student to enact change independent of Councillors. All the meetings of the Students' Association Councils are open!
- All the meetings of the Students' Association Councils are open! Members of the Students' Association (i.e. all students who have not disaffiliated) are welcome to attend any Councils meetings.
- There is an open forum in the introductory part of the meetings of SRC/SSC which any student is welcome to speak during provided that they seek recognition from the Chair (me!) before the meeting begins.
- You can seek recognition from the Chair during debate on motions in order to ask (up to two questions) to the councillors
- You can bring a petition to the SRC/SSC!
- You can find more information about all of this here.
- You can also ask me for advice by emailing me at sachair@.
4. Promote Accessibility and Transparency
It is your Union, your Councils and you have a right to know what is going on with regard to your representation and the services provided to you by the Students' Association.
In order to achieve better accessibility and transparency there will be:
- Better and more wide-ranging training for your councillors
- More information about who your councillors are on the YourUnion website.
- More active use of Social Media to keep you up to date
- Regularly updated minutes from Councils Meetings.
- Information available about how to get involved at the Freshers' Fayre and throughout the year
I would love to hear from you, if you have any questions feel free to contact me! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Also make sure to like Association Councils on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!