Union Policies

Whistleblowing Policy

Boycott Prevent

International Week

UEL Attendance Policy – Removal of Spot Checks

UEL Accommodation instalments

 UEL Children’s Garden

Student Funding

UEL Accommodation Payment Method

Development in research

Solidarity with Muslim students

UELSU Consent Policy

UELSU opinion on UEL Sports

UELSU on Social Space & Social Life

UELSU Motion for Free Cyprus

No Platform Policy

UELSU at Open Days

Hustings motion

We support university staff striking for better pay

UEL Open the Books

Sharkproofing

Chartwells Motion

Free Wednesday Afternoon for Sports Activities

The Student Poster Motion

Motion against recording without permission

Chartwells

Attendance Monitoring Policy

Anti-sexism motion

Allow Societies to bring guest speakers to UEL

Trustee and Council Chair Position

Union will work for sustainability and ethical partnership

Prevent

Unite Against Fascism

Fund Education Not War – Scrap Trident, Scrap fees

Ethical Investment Policy and Contracting

Boycotts, Divestment & Sanctions

No to Racism on our Campuses & in our Communities

Pro-Choice

Solidarity with our lecturers

UELSU Part Time Officer Responsibility

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Whistleblowing Policy

The Union Notes:

That the union currently does not have a specified disclosure policy for union members or employees.

Instances of wrongdoing cannot currently be brought to the attention of union members, the wider university and, where appropriate, members of the public without great personal risk of disciplinary action and thus members may be being denied their right to a true understanding of their representative union.

The Union Believes:

That it is in the best interest of the union, particularly with regards to accountability, to allow for disclosures where appropriate by both members and employees.

Union members, employees and the wider public have the right to understand the actions being undertaken by union representatives, even where said representatives believe that such information may not be in their own best interests, to allow the members to make informed decisions surrounding the union.

The Union Resolves:

Any complaints should be finalised with the Students’ Union member disciplinary procedures in order to finalise their complaints

Approved at General meeting 30.11.15

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Boycott Prevent

 

This Union Notes

 

1. The government’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a statutory requirement on public bodies – including universities – to ’prevent people being drawn into terrorism’ and to implement the ‘Prevent’ agenda.

 2. The Prevent agenda, as part of the Government’s ‘anti-extremism’ work has been used to create an expansive surveillance architecture to spy on the public and to police dissent, systematically targeting Black people and Muslims.

 3. Under Prevent, lecturers have been known to report students as being ‘at risk of radicalisation’ for merely taking an interest in political affairs in class, or for observing their religion more closely, whilst politically active students have found themselves visited by counter-terrorism officers.

 4. The Government’s counter-terrorism/security policy is fundamentally flawed in its approach; its operant concepts of ‘extremism’ and ‘radicalism’ are ill-defined and open to abuse for political ends.

 5. The Act further criminalises Muslims and Black people, and comes amidst a campaign of fear and demonisation from the government.

 

This Union Believes

 1. Islamophobia is massively on the rise across Europe, is state-sponsored and legitimised by the mainstream media.

 2. The government’s identified ‘warning signs’ of “radicalisation” problematise and renders suspect those with mental health difficulties.

 3. That the Act could serve to isolate many students who already feel that the only avenue through which the Government will engage them is ‘anti-radicalisation’ initiatives, resulting in further alienation and disaffection.

 4. The Act discourages free expression and analysis of ideas. Academics, as well as anyone in a public sector job, should not have to be part of this surveillance.

 5. We fundamentally believe that universities and colleges are places for education, not

Surveillance

 6. The implementation of the Prevent Strategy on campus will not only isolate Muslim students but undermine the civil liberties of other groups such as environmental, political and humanitarian activists.

 7. That the National Union of Students (NUS) has passed a motion at their conferences opposing the Act and Prevent.

 8. As a Charity, we as a Union are not legally bound to engage with Prevent and should seek to boycott it.

 

 This Union Resolves

 1. To mandate the Officers of this Union to not engage with the Prevent strategy or implement the proposals of the Act, and to boycott it as far as legally possible.

2. To work with NUS on combating the Prevent strategy and its implementation on campus.

3. To educate students on the dangers of the CTSA and the Prevent Strategy.

4. To lobby the university to be more open and transparent about how they are engaging with Prevent and other similar initiatives. This involves:

- Demanding publications of how the policy is operating within the university and

Students' Union.

- This includes access to materials used to train staff and students.

- Holding consultations with the student body regarding how this affects students.

 

 Approved at General meeting 30.11.15

 

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International Week

 

Union Notes:

•   The UELSU Executive team has organised International Week for the two academic years.

•   In 2014 UELSU received a percentage of 90% + positive feedback on the organisation of International Week.

•   In 2015 freshers were asked what UEL stands out for. 64% of the said for its ‘Diversity’.

•   Many successful interactive activities were organised in order to celebrate our cultural diversity between November 2nd – 6th 2015.

 Union Believes:

•   International Week has contributed in creating a spirit of belonging.

•   International Week has celebrated our cultural diversity successfully.

•   International Week has contributed to increasing the levels of engagement of our students with the Students’ Union and vice versa.

•   UEL International Week has acted as an indirect anti-racism campaign annually.

 Union Resolves:

 

•   On an annual basis the UELSU Executives must organise the ‘UEL International Week’ annually on the first week of November.

Approved at Student Council 23.11.15

 

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UEL Attendance Policy – Removal of Spot Checks

Union Notes:

  1.          UEL has responded to the Union’s call to modify the 10 minutes threshold to 15 minutes prior to the lecture
  2.          UEL has responded to the Union’s call to eradicate the three strike policy
  3.          UEL need to monitor the attendance of students due to student finance and UK Border purposes
  4.          UEL has introduced spot checks on our students to ensure they stay for the duration of the lecture

Union Believes:

  1.          It is important that students attend their lectures since it helps them to progress academically
  2.          Lectures and seminars should be interesting and interactive so students are keen to engage
  3.         The current methodology used for monitoring attendance is computerised and robotic
  4.          Introducing spot checks makes this process even more robotic
  5.         By having spot checks we further enhance the feeling of policing and monitoring, rather than encouraging and engaging our students academically

Union Resolves:

  1.          UEL should stop spot checks on students
  2.          UEL should monitor the quality of sessions and ensure they are interesting and interactive so students are keen to attend and engage throughout the sessions
  3.          UEL should use other methods of checking engagement such as Moodle access, visits to the libraries, e-book downloading & engagement etc.
  4. UEL should focus more on engagement rather than attendance 
  5. Approved at Student Council on 05.10.15

 

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UEL Accommodation instalments

Union Notes

·         UEL has responded to the Councils request to increase the amount of instalments available to students living on campus

·         Students living on campus can pay their rent in 7 instalments rather than 6

·         UEL has promised to increase the amount of instalments to 8 next academic year

·         EU & International Students do not receive financial support from their government to cover these costs.

Union Believes

·         UEL needs to find a payment method that makes it possible for all students to cover their rent fees.

·         UEL should keep their promise to introduce an 8th instalment next academic year

Union Resolves

 

·         The Welfare officer to monitor and ensure that UEL delivers on their promise to introduce an 8th instalment for students living on campus from September 2016.

AppApproved at Student Council on 05.10.15

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UEL Children’s Garden

 

Union Notes:

  • UEL Students’ Union will be supporting the UEL Students Nursery in their peaceful protest against the privatisation of the UEL Children’s Garden.
  • This will take place at the Docklands University Square.

 

Union Believes:

 

  • In the past we have seen privatisation go extremely wrong, as it has with our catering outlets and Chartwells.
  • We are extremely concerned that’s this is not the best option and not at the best interest of our student parents.
  • Many students who are parents are not aware that the nursery exists and hardly any promotion has been done to raise awareness of the service provided.
  • Through collaboration and a better marketing approach we believe that the nursery can remain in the hands of our institution rather than selling it off to third party.

 

Union Resolves:

  • To oppose the privatisation of the Nursery.
  • To lobby University management to meet and work with Newham Council to promote this to our local community.
  • To lobby University management to promote our Nursery as part of the Civic Engagement project.
  • To receive written confirmation and guarantee from the university management that will reassure student parents that any changes that take part will happen in order to improve services and reduce costs.

 

Approved at General meeting on 24.03.15

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Student Funding

The Union notes:

  1. Before the commencement of the 2014/15 academic year, a new academic framework was implemented by UEL.
  2. One of the results of this change was the alteration to term dates.
  3. Although the number of study weeks is identical to previous years, the changes to the academic year has led to UEL students no longer qualifying for the Long Course Loan from the Student Loans Company.
  4. This has led to up to 8,700 returning home students being an average of over £400 per academic year worse off.
  5. According to a 2013 UELSU survey, UEL students already had some of the least disposable income out of students across the UK.
  6. Whilst £2 million was spent this year in providing tablets for new students, nothing has been done to rectify the alteration to the financial situation of returning students.

The Union believes:

  1. The action by the university, leading to the reduction in available student finance, may lead to a decline in student retention owing to further students being unable to afford the associated costs of studying, such as rent, transport and food.
  2. The university has an obligation to ensure that the welfare standards of its students are not unnecessarily reduced during the students’ time at UEL.
  3. If the university is willing to spend £2 million on new students, it should be willing to spend the same sum of money on rectifying a mistake it has made towards returning students.
  4. The university should fill the gap left in student finance for returning provided by their mistake, until all affected students have left the institution. With adjustments for students leaving the university, that sum is approximately £2 million. This rectification should be immediate, to prevent short-term financial problems for our current students.
  5. Failing the above the university should alter the Progress Bursary to being a cash bursary, as this would allow impoverished students to be able to use the bursary to pay for essential costs such as rent.

The Union resolves:

  1. To avoid similar future issues, the university should ensure wider consultation with the student body, conducted at a time in the academic year most likely to allow a large volume of feedback. Consultation should be taken on any issue that directly affects students. The university should also clarify if any future changes may have student funding implications with the Student Loans Company.

Approved at Student Council on 09.12.14

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UEL Accommodation Payment Method

Union Note:

1.    The annual rent is paid in 6 instalments of £716 each (east halls) £654 for (west halls)

2.    EU & International Students do not receive financial support from their government to cover these costs.

3.    Majority of other HE institutions with accommodation do monthly instalments.

Union Believe:

1.    The method of 6 instalments is not a convenient one for students.

2.    We should have a similar payment scheme as other HE institution.

3.    UEL needs to find a payment method that makes it possible for all students to cover their rent fees.

Union Resolves:

1.   UELSU Executive team to have a meeting with UEL to discuss this issue.

2.    UEL should provide students with more than one option on how to pay their rent.

3.    Students should be able to pay their rent monthly and not with 6 instalments.

4.    Request UEL Residential Services to adjust the payment schedule to match the new academic framework and student finance payments, as well as keeping the other schedules so that students have a choice.

 

Approved at Student Council on 09.12.14

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Development in research

The union notes:

1.There is a lack of funds for researching student

2.There is lack of resources in research level like books, material etc.

The union believes:

1.that the university should raise the awareness about research in different subject

2.that the university should provide more resources in development of research.

The union resolves:

1.To provide proper information to postgraduate and PhD student to get involve in researching.

2.To provide proper guidance to student and resources.

3.To organise a meeting with research officer with all the postgraduate student and PhD student.

4.To communicate with lecturers and there module head.

Approved at General Meeting on 25.11.14

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Solidarity with Muslim students

Union notes:

1. The Islamic society recently had their event cancelled without an explanation before they even put in speaker requests and even after deciding to not host a particular speaker till some of his views were clarified

2. Student Union elected representatives and Muslim students have been contacted by journalists asking questions regarding links between Muslim students at UEL and terrorist activities abroad

3. There has been a 65%increase in islamophobic attacks over the past 12 months according to London met police figures

4. UELSU passed a PREVENT motion regarding spying on Muslim students

Union believes

1. British Muslims continue to play a vital role on our campuses and in our communities promoting social justice and active citizenship. Their efforts benefit our society and help in the shared fight against terrorism.

2. Universities are a place to discuss and explore ideas; they are not a place where students should be in fear that their speech is being monitored and passed onto the police or journalists. Such an atmosphere is reminiscent of undemocratic regimes, not Britain.

3. The journalists have tried to 'criminalise' Muslim students at UEL a which reinforces crude stereotypes of young Muslim people that will only feed prejudice and discrimination, and lead to isolation and stigmatisation which will only prevent their continued engagement and contribution.

4. It unacceptable for university to cancel an event and not explain why

Union resolves:

1. Student union president should release a statement of solidarity with Muslim students at UEL and express his concerns of media and external organisations trying to criminalise Muslim students and cause division amongst student bodies. This should be done by the end of this week before any more damage to reputation of Muslim students at UEL.

2. The student union should investigate why the event by the Islamic society was cancelled a week before without explaining reasons why and that the student union find it unacceptable that a reason to was not given.

 

Approved at General Meeting on 25.11.14

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UELSU Consent Policy

This Union Notes:                               

1.1 Sexual consent refers to the agreement to participate in sexual activity.

1.2 Consent is not a fundamental aspect of mainstream sex and relationship education in the UK. A survey from the National Children’s Bureau says “Almost a third of young people said they did not learn about sexual consent in sex education lessons”,”Rape culture” is a term used to describe the normalisation and tolerance of sexual assault in a society.

1.3 There have been several incidents involving sexual assault and rape culture promotion in Universities around the country that have led to many university campuses being associated with rape culture.

1.4 This Union has a Zero Tolerance approach towards sexual harassment

1.5 University of London Union has launched an “I Heart Consent campaign” with materials that have been endorsed by the NUS and used as an outline for consent campaigns at various universities.

This Union Believes:

2.1 In the UK sexual and relationship education is not standardised or consistent and is overall of very poor quality.

2.2 Consent is a necessary requirement in all sexual activity and should be vital part of mainstream sex and relationship education.

2.3 One of the consequences of the absence of sexual consent education is that the message of consent is not communicated as an essential part of all sexual interactions.

2.4 Rape culture is not welcome at this university and all students and staff should be free from the threat of sexual harassment and assault.

2.5 Sexual consent education should be part of university and union orientation.

2.6 We should have a LGBTQIA-inclusive approach to sexual consent education which also defies gender role assumptions.

2.7 It’s important that sports clubs and societies promote a positive consent culture within their membership, just as the union should also.

 

This Union Resolves:

3.1 That the Union should take part in the ULU “I Heart Consent” campaign.

3.2 That the Union work with university to include consent education in Fresher/Welcome Week orientation.

3.3 To support the call for compulsory and diverse sex & relationship education in schools.

3.4 That sports clubs and societies are encouraged to take part.

 

Approved at General Meeting on 25.11.14

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UELSU opinion on UEL Sports

Union Notes:

·         Gym membership prices have gone up for academic year 2014/15.

·         Students are unhappy and have complained about the prices.

·         All sports activities are mainly based at Docklands with no investment whatsoever at Stratford Campus.

·         Sports Dock staff have at times treated students with an unprofessional manner.

Union Believes:

·         The prices should have remained as they were.

·         Students do not have a lot of spending money.

·         As a gym of a university we should have prices that meet our student’s needs.

·         Not only Docklands students should have access to sports activities on campus.

·         All staff need to remain professional at all times.

Union Resolves:

·         To negotiate with UEL & UEL sports to return to previous membership fees.

·         To explore further membership options that are in the benefit of students.

·         To identify methods and prices that will tempt students to get involved with UEL Sports and join the gym.

·         To explore what sports activities can take part at Stratford & USS Campus.

·         To have more free sessions for all students to join in.

·         To re-instate the try-a-sport scheme for students at all levels.

·         Sports Dock will not stop any student coming to an UELSU organised event.

 

Approved at Student Council on 07.10.14

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UELSU on Social Space & Social Life

 

Union Notes:

·         UEL has rejected UELSU’s proposal for turning Aqua East back into a social space.

·         UEL have themed the Underground Bar with sports images.

·         UEL intend to make every Wednesday a Sports Night at the Underground bar.

·         There is no short term plan to resolve the social space crisis at our campuses, mainly at Docklands.

Union Believes:

·         UEL do not have students’ social life at its heart.

·         UEL have given too much priority to UEL Sports and the Sports Scholars.

·         UEL have never consulted students once or their representatives before making any of these changes.

Union Resolves:

·         UEL & UEL Sports need to consult University of East London Students’ Union elected representatives prior taking any decision that might affect their social space or social life.

·         UEL need to provide us with an immediate alternative since they’ve denied us Aqua East.

·         There should be a review on Aqua East where the Students’ Union representatives & Sports Officer will be consulted.

·         UEL should provide UELSU with more social space where it can be student led with student led activities.

 

Approved at Student Council on 07.10.14

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UELSU Motion for Free Cyprus

 Union Notes

  • 2014 is the 40 year mark from the Turkish Invasion.

  • Turkey invaded with any army of 43000 men.

  • Turkey has occupied the 37% of land ever since.

  • 200000 Greek Cypriots were expelled from their homes; that was 32% of the population in 1974.

  • 3000 innocent citizens were killed.

  • 1400 Greek Cypriots remain missing until today.

  • United Nations (UN) condemned the Turkish Invasion. – [Resolution 353 (1974)]

  • In 1983, Turkey announces the creation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

  • United Nations (UN) condemned this action [Resolution 541 (1983) & Resolution 550 (1983)].

  • The EU and other international and regional organizations have adopted similar positions.

  • For all legal and political purposes, the international community recognizes only the Republic of Cyprus created in 1960 and its government, even though the government cannot currently exercise its authority in areas under military occupation by Turkey.

  • Turkey still deprives the displaced Greek Cypriots of their right to return to their homes and properties. This has given rise to appeals to the European Court of Human Rights, which has issued major decisions on Turkey’s violations of the European Convention.

Union Believes

  • No refugee should not be allowed to return home once the conflict has ended.

  • All nations should be free.

  • No nation should be allowed to occupy another.

  • Turkey should withdraw their army from Cyprus and allow all Cypriots to return to their homes.

Union Resolves

  • To condemn the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus 1974.

  • To condemn the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

  • To support the protest for a Free Cyprus on November 15th outside the Turkish Embassy.

  • UELSU Councillors to attend on the day and encourage UEL students to go as a group to the protest on November 15th.

 

Approved at Student Council on 07.10.14

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No Platform Policy

The Union Believes:

1.    That racism and fascism are still rife in all aspects of society and that it should be confronted wherever it is found.

2.    That students and students' unions have a long proud record of achievement in the fight against racism and fascism.

3.    That in line with the union's equal opportunities policy, the union should be at the forefront of campaigns to combat prejudice on the form of ethnic origin or religious belief, i.e. racism, fascism.

4.    That a no platform policy is a key element in the fight against racism on campus.

5.    That the no-platform policy compliments Equal Opportunities policies and the Public Order Act.

The Union States:

1.    That no platform policies safeguard its members from being subjected to listen to the lies, bigotry and hatred of racists and fascists.

2.    That some members are confused about what a no platform amounts to and that it is the responsibility of the executive to educate its members on the issues surrounding a no platform policy.

The Union Resolves:

1.   Not to allow any external individual who is known to hold racist or fascist or anti LGBT views from entering.
2.   Not to allow any external individual who is known to hold racist or fascist or anti LGBT views to speak at UELSU event

3.   Not to allow any external individual who is known to hold racist, fascist or anti LGBT views from distributing any written or recorded material in the union expressing these views
4.   That no elected officer of the union will speak on a platform with an external individual who is known to hold racist, fascist or anti LGBT views.

5.    That resolutions one to four shall be known as the union's 'no platform policy'

6.    To widely publicise this policy, not only to its members but also to the institution.

7.    To incorporate the no-platform policy into the Union's disciplinary procedure and use accordingly.

 

Approved at Student Council on 07.10.14

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UELSU at Open Days

The Union Notes:

1.    In the past two open days (19 October 2013) & (30 November 2013) UELSU was provided a stall in the East Building Atrium, however no one turned up to represent UELSU.

The Union Believes:

1.    It is crucial that UELSU is present at Open Days in order to be represented to possible future students.

2.    It looks very bad and unorganised for UELSU stall to be empty throughout the day since it leads to a misrepresentation of our Union.

3.    It is a great opportunity to promote the Students Union and inform applicants about the variety of societies we offer.

The Union Resolves:

1.  Ensure a Students Union representative is present at open day to represent the Students Union at the stall.

 

Approved at Student Council on 07.10.14

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Hustings motion

 The Union notes:

  1. The requirements for hustings are currently described under Bye-Law (3) points 28-31.
  2. The requirement for hustings only applies for sabbatical officer positions.
  3. Hustings are historically poorly attended at UEL.

The Union believes:

  1. Poorly attended hustings reflect poorly on the Students’ Union and create the perception students and candidates are apathetic about elections.
  2. Hustings should be optional not compulsory.

The Union resolves:

  1. The entire hustings section will be removed from the bye laws, leaving the decision as to whether they occur to the Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer, with no obligation either way.

 

Approved at Student Council on 07.10.14

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 We support university staff striking for better pay

This union notes:


Members of UCU (University and College union), Unison and Unite trade unions working in higher education have voted in favour of taking strike action in UK universities over pay.

62% of UCU members who voted backed strike action and more than three-quarters (77%) voted for action short of a strike, which could include actions such as refusing to carry out unpaid overtime.

Lecturers and HE staff have not had a pay rise since 2008 and have seen their pay fall by 13% in real terms.

At the same time the average pay and pensions package for vice chancellors has hit almost £250,000.

Moreover, the government has lied about cuts. They have effectively increased the money invested in student loans by £3 billion, but hidden that through an accountancy trick, in order to sell off the loan book. This is, effectively, a short-term cash generator that is also intended to appeal to business by making universities saleable and profit-driven.

 

Many of our members are also members of these unions, notably PhD students who teach seminars and mark work, who will be part of that action.

This union believes:


The action by HE staff is not just about pay but about the future of education and funding.

We cannot have a first class education system when members of staff are on second class pay and conditions.

Refusing to give higher education staff a decent pay rise is part of the Tory agenda of downgrading education and undermining the efficiency of the public sector in order to legitimize privatisation.

Education should be properly funded and that includes decent pay for those who teach and work in universities.
A victory for lecturers and university staff would be a boost for every low paid worker fighting for better pay and a boost for all those fighting against education cuts.

This union resolves:

To express our whole-hearted solidarity with the staff at the university.
To support the action by lecturers and all other workers in HE whether it is strike action or action short of strikes.

To organise a meeting with a panel representing the student union, UCU, Unison and Unite trade unions in which every member of the University can attend.

The Students' Union will support strike action proposed by these Unions and will encourage students not to cross picket lines in solidarity with our staff.

Approved at General Meeting on 27.11.13           

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UEL Open the Books

The Union notes:

  1. The increase in tuition fees at UEL to £9k.
  2. UEL’s Cyprus campus and Global Examinations Board were both abject failures that cost the University atleast £1.9 million.
  3. UEL is understaffed academically. According to the University League table, we have a Staff Student Ratio of 24.8 leaving us second from the bottom in terms of all UK universities. UEL lecturers are the most overworked in the country.

The Union believes:

  1. The money spent on the failed Cyprus Campus and Global Examinations Board was misspent and these projects were poorly managed. This huge waste of money was an attack on students’ education.
  2. The University should not make any education related cuts to make up for their recent failed business ventures.
  3. The UEL Cyprus campus and Global Examinations Board were both poorly managed and poorly marketed. Both of these projects were a gross miss-use of the income generated from students’ tuition fees.

The Union resolves:

  1. The Union officers will lobby the University management to be more open and transparent on how it spends its money in the future.
  2. The resignation letters exchanged between Patrick McGhee and the board of governors should be made public to the Union. All personal details can be blacked out. The Union officers will lobby to see these letters.
  3. The Union officers will lobby for the report written by Sir David Melville’s investigation on the failed Cyprus campus to be made available to the public. The money that went towards funding the Cyprus campus came directly  from the students, and they deserve to see how their money was misspent.

Approved at General Meeting on 27.11.13

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Sharkproofing

The Union Notes…

  1. Pay Day Lending shops like Wonga and the Money Shop offer short term loans at absurd interest rates of up to 5000%
  2. Research shows that 1 in 10 students at UEL have at some point taken out a pay day loan.
  3. UEL students are particularly at risk due to the high living costs of London and the diversity of our students. i.e. mature students and parents.
  4. These companies are particularly targeting students.
  5. The University is aware of the issue as UEL was the first University to ban pay day lenders advertising on campus.

The Union Believes…

  1. Students at our University and nationwide should be protected from unethical lending.
  2. We believe that students should have the right knowledge and have easier access to fairer credit.
  3. We believe that there should be a cap on credit (there should be a limit on how much interest companies can charge on short term loans).

The Union Resolves…

  1. To condemn Pay Day Lending shops.
  2. To promote alternatives to these companies by providing students with accessible information to enable them to make more informed choices about credit.
  3. That the Full time SU Officers will support the campaign to gain access to fairer credit for students and support any individual action that is working towards this goal.
  4. To work with students at UEL, other Students’ Unions and Movement for Change to ensure students are protected from absurd levels of debt.

Approved at General Meeting on 27.11.13

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Chartwells Motion

The Union notes:

  1. The contract that Chartwells catering has signed with UEL has given the outsourced catering company Chartwells a monopolistic stranglehold over all events held on the University. It has also given them the unprecedented power to cancel events that aren’t catered by them.
  2. The Union cannot be expected to comply with the terms of a contract (ie the Chartwells-UEL contract) that it isn’t even allowed to see.
  3. According to the Student Lifestyle survey, UEL students do not have very much extra spending money. The prices offered by Chartwells catering do not reflect the average UEL students’ disposable income.

The Union believes:

  1. The Union should be allowed to see the full contract that UEL has signed with Chartwells catering and hospitality. The outsourced catering company Chartwells should not have the power to cancel University events, or to block other catering services from coming on to campus.
  2. The outsourced catering company Chartwells should not have the power to stop societies from sharing their food and culture with fellow students.
  3. The outsourced catering company Chartwells should not be allowed to have a monopolistic stranglehold over all food served at university events.
  4. The prices of Chartwells food served throughout campus are not reflective of the prices that the UEL student population can comfortably afford. Chartwells should offer alternative lower-cost meals and drinks to reflect this.
  5. UEL paying Chartwells hospitality and catering service £8,000+ a year to buy back its own rebottled tap water is excessive and absurd.
  6. The outsourced catering company Chartwells and the University should not have the power to limit the amount of non-Chartwells catered events that the Union is allowed to hold per year.

The Union Resolves: 

  1. The Union officers will lobby to have the full contract that Chartwells signed with UEL shown to the Students Union.
  2. Lobby Chartwells to lowering their prices on drinks and food provided to students, and provide cheaper alternative meals to the meals currently being provided.
  3. Encourage the University to explore other means of supplying water to meetings. Paying £1.75 for a bottle of rebottled tap water is excessive and a poor use of Students money and University finances. Perhaps the university can provide more free water fountain facilities to students and staff, and encouraging the use of re-usable personal bottles.
  4. The Union should avoid paying money to Chartwells catering whenever possible.
  5. When the Chartwells contract is up, the Union should push and encourage the university to begin an in-house catering service that hires students as part time staff.
  6. The Union officers will lobby Chartwells to begin hiring more UEL students as part time workers.

Approved at General Meeting on 27.11.13

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 Free Wednesday Afternoon for Sports Activities

The Union Notes:

  1. University of East London aims to be No.1 University in Sport by 2015.
  2. University of East London participates in the British University & College Sports (BUCS) league and cup.
  3. The majority of all BUCS events (Football, Rugby, Volleyball, Basketball etc.) take part every Wednesday after 12:00.

 

The Union Believes:

  1. UELSU should respect all the students representing UEL in a variety of Sports & Tournaments.
  2. All UEL students (which are all UELSU members) should be able to attend a General Meetings or Council meetings.
  3. The fact that General Meetings usually take part on Wednesdays, makes it difficult for students who represent UEL in sports to attend.

 

The Union Resolves:

  1. General Meetings and Council Meetings will no longer be held on Wednesdays.

 

Approved at Student Council on 05.11.13

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The Student Poster Motion

The Union notes:

1. The current no-poster policy coming from UEL facilities management makes the University feel like a sterile institution rather then a vibrant and exciting university.

2. The ability to display flyers and posters is a traditional part of student life at universities all over the world.

 

The Union believes:
Students should be allowed to post up flyers and posters advertising student events and activities on dedicated campus space set up in high-traffic areas across all three campuses. This will help to increase the sense of community between students on campus and provide them with a better means to promote their activities, find housemates, post job opportunities, etc.

 

The Union resolves:

The Union officers will lobby the University to provide more dedicated wall space for students to display their flyers, posters and classified ads in all three campuses in high traffic areas. The Union will also provide more dedicated wall space for students in the Docklands SU lounge and the Stratford Dome lounge.

 

Approved at Student Council on 16.10.13

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Motion against recording without permission

Union Notes:

1) In past Student Council & General Meeting there have been issues regarding recording, taking photos or videos of people speaking or voting etc.

2) There were complaints about this action in the past but no action was taken.

Union Believes:

1) Such action is not needed since there is a member who is noting minutes of the meeting and will be publishing them on the UELSU website.

2) No Councillor or student should be afraid of expressing their opinion via speech or vote in case someone might record them, take a photo or a video of them.


Union Resolves
1) Anyone who records, takes photos or videos without permission should be removed from the meeting. Any Officer who violates this will be dealt with through the Grievances and Complaints procedure of the Union.

2)Permission may be granted by assembled members prior to the meeting start. The person(s) wishing to make any form of recording must at this point state their reasons for making these recordings and photos.

 

Approved at Student Council on 16.10.13

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Chartwells

This Union Notes

1. There have been incidents when students have entered UEL catering outlets with different branded food and drinks and have had such items taken from them and thrown away.
2. Students have expressed dissatisfaction with the Chartwells service as follows:
      Meals are poor value in terms of price and portion size
      Minimum card payment is £5 despite the fact that students don’t need to spend a £5 always to fulfil their food requirements.
      Queues at peak-times are worse than when the service was run in-house
3. Union Societies have been told not to distribute any promotional food items (not even sweets and biscuits) to attract member     although this is a traditional society activity.

This Union Believes

1. Chartwells are behaving unreasonably in relation towards students
2. Chartwells are diminishing the quality of the student experience at UEL
3. Chartwells are damaging the reputation of UEL as a result of their conduct towards students

This Union Resolves

1. To seek an apology from Chartwells for students who have been treated badly and had their food confiscated.
2. To call on UEL to initiate a review of Chartwells service standards
3. To campaign for Chartwells to review their prices
4. To call on Chartwells to remove minimum card payment threshold
5. To request that UEL should disclose the terms of the Chartwells contract
6. To campaign for dispensation for legitimate Society activity from the Chartwells monopoly on campus

 

Approved at the General Meeting on 24.04.2013

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Attendance Monitoring Policy

This Union Notes:

That the University has changed its policy for the touch-in cut off time from 10 to 15 minutes after the start of each class.

 

This Union Believes:

1. This will create confusion among students about lecture start-times
2. The 15 minutes cut-off is arbitrary and takes no account of specific circumstances or negotiated/notified arrangements
3. The 15 minute cut-off will make lateness a permanent feature of lectures
4. The 15 minute cut-off will create frustration among many lecturers who might otherwise establish a disciplined and fair system to suit their class

 

This Union Resolves To Campaign For:

1. Students and lecturers to establish mutually acceptable arrangements and ground-rules, as co-producers of the learning experience, at the start of each module
2. Individual circumstances to be considered in relation to lateness before formal proceedings are initiated
3. Admittance after the published/agreed start of class to be at the discretion of the lecturer.

 

Approved at the General Meeting on 24.04.2012

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Anti-sexism motion

This Union Notes:

 1. Sexism is defined as 'prejudice or discrimination based on sex or gender, or conditions or attitudes that promote stereotypes of social roles based on sex or gender'.

 2. Sexism has a disproportionate effect on women and their lives, but can also impact men.

 3. Any notion of superiority based on sex or gender is unjustified.

 4. No student should be made to feel uncomfortable because of their sex or gender.

 5.That the Underground Bar on the Docklands Campus has organised themed events and used advertising material with the UELSU logo on which sexually objectifies women.

 

This Union Believes:

1.University life should be free from sexism.

2. Students' Union activities, facilities, services, and events operated through the Students' Union should be free from sexism.

 

This Union Resolves:

1. To work with the National Women's Campaign, University of East London Union Women's officer and other relevant groups to actively oppose sexism and create an environment free of gender stereotypes and binaries in the Students' Union.

2. The Students' Union values the diversity of our students. Sexism, gender stereotypes and binaries are not acceptable.

3. The Students' Union should work to deconstruct existing barriers to women's participation.

4. To prevent the distribution of items that actively promotes sexism and gender stereotyping.

5. To campaign against the negative portrayal of women's representation and gender stereotypes on campus, in the media and in wider society

 

Approved at the General Meeting 24.04.2013

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Allow Societies to bring guest speakers to UEL

This Union Believes:

1. That the policy "Prevent" passed at a previous general meeting was well-meaning, but has an un-intended side-effect of stopping societies from being able to approve guest speakers for university venues. This is brought about by a clash between 'This Union Resolves point 3' in the policy, and by the university's procedures for guest speaker approval.

2. That societies should be able to bring guest speakers to university Venues.

 

This Union Resolves:

“UELSU should have a system in place where they do not pass on the names of individual students or name the society to the University when requesting an external speaker”

1. To remove "This Union Resolves point 3" from the existing UELSU policy entitled "Prevent".

 

Approved at the General Meeting: 24.04.2013

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Attendance Monitoring System

Union Notes:

1. UEL offers its students a “uniquely flexible” and “student-centred approach” and has “pioneered flexible study options that enable you to balance learning with work and life commitments”.

2. As a result of the attendance monitoring system, students are being withdrawn from their modules despite them having attended all of their lectures and seminars on time.

3. Students are receiving threatening and unsupportive letters as a result of the attendance monitoring system.

4. The attendance monitoring system was not brought to the academic board prior to its implementation.

5. UEL management have deemed the implementation of this system the individual schools responsibility.

6. Schools have stated that the enforcement of the system is at UEL management’s instruction.

7. 10 mins cut off time is unrealistic

8. UEL did not prepared to handle the extra volume of work

This Union Believes:

1. The attendance monitoring system is flawed and ineffective.

2. Students recruited as part of UEL’s widening participation strategy are particularly vulnerable to penalisation.

3. The automatic withdrawal process provides no opportunity for flexibility for students who have support needs and therefore are unable to adhere to the strict guidelines.

4. The implementation of this system by UEL management was not given an adequate timeframe in which to inform students of the guidelines and advise students of repercussions if they fail to adhere to the requirements.

This Union Resolves:

1. To support all students who have been unfairly targeted by the attendance monitoring system.

2. To oppose the unfair penalisation of UEL students.

3. To apply pressure to the university to provide adequate flexibility for students with support needs and those recruited under UEL’s widening participation strategy.

4. To recommend that UEL reinstate all students unfairly affected by the automatic withdrawal immediately.

5. Go back to the paper based system

6. UELSU to support any society to do campaign for fair attendance policy.

7. For SU to inform students about campaign against the Attendance policy and ask for all student support.


Approved by Student Council on 08.11.12

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Trustee and Council Chair Position

Union believes:
 

1. The position of the president, vice president and governor of the student’s union makes the office holders automatic members of the union’s trustee.

2. It is an unhealthy democracy for a trustee member to be the chairman of student council; it will not allow the independent roles of the different sessions to be carried out effectively in terms of decision making and necessary reviews.

3. The bye law states that student council shall receive reports from the Trustees when appropriate. For the purpose of accountability, it will be inconsistent for a trustee member to chair the council where he/she is under obligation to report.

4. In terms of structure, it is unfit to have one person in the same student union at the same time serving as:

President + chairman

Vice president + chairman

Governor + chairman

Union Resolves

1. A trustee member should not be a student council chairman at the same time in the student union.

2. This motion aims to give us a professional image in the public domain.

Approved by Student Council on 08.11.12

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Union will work for sustainability and ethical partnership

Union Notes:

1.Although it has a unwritten policy to work with good partner but there is a need for written policy.

Union Believes:

1.As a organization it needs a policy to address the above issues 2.Union should take every necessary steps to reduce its carbon footprint 3.Union should not work with any organization who has controversial or vague Ethical standard

Union Resolves:

1.Sabbatical officer should work together with permanent staff members to produce a policy regarding sustainability and ethical partnership.

2.Union should not work with any company who does not comply with minimum national wages.

3.Union needs a written environment policy

Approved by General Meeting on 17.10.12

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Prevent

Union notes:

1. That the new version of the Prevent strategy was released by the Government in June 2011 to tackle “extremism” and “terrorism”

2. That the Prevent report defines anyone as extremists who “does not subscribe to human rights, equality before the law, democracy and full participation in society” including those who “promote or implicitly tolerate the killing of British soldiers.”

3. That the report states: “We remain absolutely committed to protecting freedom of speech. But preventing terrorism will mean challenging extremist ideologies (and non-violent) ideas that are also part of a terrorist ideology”

4. That the report also states: “People with mental health issues or learning disabilities may be more easily drawn into terrorism.”

5. That the report cites the Centre for Social Cohesion(CSC), a controversial right wing think tank

6. That the report uses the CSC findings to state that “there is unambiguous evidence to indicate that some extremist organisations...target specific universities and colleges...with the objective of radicalising and recruiting students.”

7. That Universities and Students’ Unions have been approached by local authorities and by the police and have been asked to inform them about Muslim students who are depressed or isolated under the new guidance for countering Islamist radicalism.

8. That Prevent strategy asks university staff including lecturers, chaplains, porters and student union to pass information about students to Prevent officials to investigate with a detective in Scotland Yard without the knowledge of the student.

9. That the Prevent strategy blurs the distinction between violent terrorist groups with those that are neither violent nor terrorist.

10. That serious concerns have been raised about the Prevent strategy by researchers, such as such as Dr Arun Kundnani

11. That the current version of the strategy does not provide adequate safeguards against misuse and discrimination based on race, religion or state of mental health

12. That the previous Prevent strategy has engendered mistrust and fear between Muslim communities and the Government

13. UELSU currently ask university permission if they, societies or students would like to invite external speakers onto campus. The details of students or societies are passed on to university when these requests are sent

Union believes:

1. The Prevent strategy targets Muslim students in particular

2. The Prevent report makes barely any reference to combating other violent extremists, such as the far right. The recent terrorist attacks in Norway by a member of the far right is a clear indication there is a rise in Europe of Islamophobia.

3. Universities are a place to discuss and explore ideas; they are not a place where students should be in fear that their speech is being monitored and passed onto the police. Such an atmosphere is reminiscent of undemocratic regimes, not Britain.

4. The Union agrees that the CSC report is Islamophobic.

5. Students are not criminals and everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

6. The pursuit of a misguided approach can only undermine the co-operation that is needed between all communities to fight terrorism.

7. The Prevent review reinforces crude stereotypes of young Muslim people that will only feed prejudice and discrimination, and lead to isolation and stigmatisation which will only prevent their continued engagement and contribution.

8. Promoting social justice to active citizenship, young British Muslims continue to play a vital role on our campuses and in our communities. Their efforts benefit our society and help in the shared fight against terrorism. Groups such as FOSIS have demonstrated their role in this by engaging with Prevent, Government representatives, and the National Union of Students.

9. When students or societies invite external speakers it will be much more fair and less bias if the names of societies and students were not passed on to the university and UELSU act as the middle person

Union Resolves:

1. UEL SU do not pass on information about members’ religious or political opinions or society members lists to the police, university authorities or any other third party.

2. UEL SU encourages the university to work with campus trade unions and their policies around the Prevent strategy to oppose spying on students.

 

Approved by General Meeting on 17.10.12 / Motion Amended through Allow Societies to bring guest speakers to UEL on 24.04.13

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Unite Against Fascism

We note:

1. That in a time of global recession, there is an increase in the rise of racist and fascist organisations across Europe, from the English Defence League (EDL) to the Golden Dawn in Greece.

2. That the thugs of the EDL continue to organise up and down the country attacking Muslims, LGBTs, trade unions, students and activists such as those involved in the recent global Occupy movement.

3. That the racist leaders of the EDL have now set up a coalition with the newly formed British Freedom Party – alongside previous members of the now defunct and fascist British National Party – in order to gain more ground electorally.

4. That the demonstration organised by Unite Against Fascism and the ‘We Are Waltham Forest’ campaign against the racist English Defence League march in Waltham Forest on the 1st September was a great success due to maximum unity of trade unions, faith groups and the local community outnumbering the racists 20 to 1.

We believe:

1. That racism and fascism in any form has no place either in our local community or our university – and directly threatens the multicultural nature of UEL.

2. That the only way to stop racist and fascist organisations such as the EDL, British National Party (BNP) and British Freedom Party (BFP) is maximum unity both locally and nationally.

3. That the organisation and development of a national campaign of action to educate people, expose racist and fascist groups and to mobilise as many people as possible is key to unity against racism and fascism.

We resolve:

1. To openly support all local and national campaigns such as Unite Against Fascism, Love Music Hate Racism and particularly the ‘We Are Waltham Forest’ campaign against the planned second march of the EDL on the 27th October in Waltham Forest.

2. We call upon the NUS to allow the students to hold Love Music Hate Racism events at the local campus bar and any other venue available.

3. To support Unite Against Fascism campaign and the ‘We Are Waltham Forest’ campaign which is organising for the counter-demonstration against the EDL on the 27th October.

4. To sponsor travel for coaches to national mobilisations and to the ‘We Are Waltham Forest’ demonstration on the 27th October.

5. To openly publicise support for local mobilisations and the ‘We Are Waltham Forest’ demonstration on the 27th October.

6. To affiliate to Unite Against Fascism and ‘We Are Waltham Forest’.

Approved by General Meeting on 17.10.12

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Fund Education Not War – Scrap Trident, Scrap fees

The Union believes:

1. Over the past decade hundreds of thousands of young people have been active in the movements against war and for global peace, from opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to calling for an end to Britain’s nuclear weapons system.

2. The wars on Afghanistan and Iraq have been a waste of money and a waste of lives. One million dead in Iraq and hundreds of thousands killed in Afghanistan – and at the cost of billions of pounds to the British taxpayer.

3. There are dangers of new wars being launched by the Western powers in the Middle East. These wars will bring even more death and destruction to the Middle East and could cost the British taxpayer billions of pounds.

4. According to the Treasury, by mid 2010 Britain had spent more than £20 billion on the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan. The cost of Britain’s war on Libya last year totalled £2 billion.

5. The cost of renewing Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system has risen to £100 billion.

6. Government figures show that it would have cost just £2bn per year to abolish tuitions fees, before they were trebled.

The Union further believes:

1. The massacre of Afghan civilians by a US solider in March 2012 was a disgusting and inhumane act, which should be condemned.

2. The latest poll (March 2012) shows that 73% of British people believe that the Afghan war is unwinnable and only 18% of people think that having forces in Afghanistan makes Britain a safer place.

The Union resolves:

1.To work with the Stop the War Coalition and Student CND to campaign for the British government to change its twisted spending priorities and fund education not war, to scrap Trident and scrap tuition fees.

2. To send an open letter to the Foreign Secretary William Hague proposing that the government end the war on Afghanistan, refrain from launching new wars in the Middle East and use the money saved to fund education and other public services.

3. To put out a statement against the massacre of the children anywhere in the world

4. To affiliate to the Stop the War Coalition.

5. To work with Stop the War to organise a ‘Don’t Attack Iran’ day of action

Approved by General Meeting on 17.10.12

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Ethical Investment Policy and Contracting

Union Notes:

- The University does not currently have an Ethical Contracting or an Investment policy.

- Information regarding the University’s Contracting or Investment policy is not readily available to the student body

- Other institutions such as Brighton University already have Ethical Investment Policies in place

Union believes:

- Ethical contracting and investment policy is an effective mechanism for improving companies’ ethical practices through engagement.

- University of East London should work with UEL Students’ Union to draw up an Ethical Contracting and Investment Policy.

- The students at the University, as members of the University community and a source of revenue for the University, should have a say in how the University invests its funds.

Union Resolves:

- To work with the university to adopt an Ethical Contracting and Investment policy, putting ethical and environmental issues at the heart of investment decisions and to use its influence, as a shareholder, to encourage socially responsible corporate behaviour.

- To ask the University to make its investment and contracting portfolio publically available

Approved by General Meeting on 17.10.12

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Boycotts, Divestment & Sanctions

Union Notes:

1. to boycott is to target products, companies and institutions that profit from or are implicated in, the violation of Palestinian rights

2. to divest is to target corporations complicit in the violation of Palestinian human rights, as enshrined in the Geneva Convention, and ensure that investments or pension funds are not used to finance such companies

3. to call for sanctions is to ask the global community to recognise Israel’s violations of international law and to act accordingly as they do to other member states of the United Nations

4. that in 2009 the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa released a report stating that Israel was practising a form of apartheid in the occupied West Bank,

5. that Israel continues to build a 8 metre high “annexation“wall on Palestinian land inside the post-1967 occupied West Bank, contravening the July 2004 ruling by the International Court of Justice (the highest legal body in the world, whose statutes all UN members are party to) and causing the forcible separation of Palestinian communities from one another and the annexation of additional Palestinian land.

6. that within the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israel continues a policy of settlement expansion in direct violation of Article 49, paragraph 6 of the 4th Geneva Convention which declares “an occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into territories it occupies.“

7. that the Gaza Strip continues to face a suffocating siege from land, sea and air by Israel, and continues to suffer military incursions into the territory by the Israeli army

8. that Palestinians living in Israel continue to suffer third-class citizenship and are heavily discriminated against from healthcare, education, landownership and in many cases having ’unrecognised’ villages completely demolished

9. that there continues to be millions of Palestinian refugees throughout the world who are racially discriminated against by not being allowed to return to their homes in Israel and the Occupied Territories, which is legally recognised under international law, including United Nations resolution 194.

10. that UELSU and the NUS nationally adopted the call for BDS in the 1970s and ’80s when it was called for by South Africans fighting racism and apartheid

11. that Ronnie Kasrils, the Jewish South African Minister of Intelligence said “The boycotts and sanctions ultimately helped liberate both blacks and whites in South Africa. Palestinians and Israelis will similarly benefit from this non-violent campaign that Palestinians are calling for. “

12. that the call for BDS has come from over 170 Palestinian civil society organisations, including student organisations, as well as organisations within Israel and across the global; and that the campaign is founded on the basis of anti-racism and human rights for all

13. Veolia is a company that UEL have a contract with and manage UEL waste

14. Veolia is defying international law by building tram links between illegal settlements in East Jerusalem and also running transport services in the West Bank.

15. Veolia runs buses on route 443, the Israeli human rights organisation B’tselem writes about the route 443 “ The army continues to improperly discriminate against Palestinians, whose use of the road is greatly limited, while Israelis are permitted to travel along freely”

16. Palestinian freedom riders, attempted to ride on of these Israeli only buses from the West bank to Jerusalem, however were forced off by Israeli officials before they got to the destination, this was because of their ethnicity.

Union Believes:

1. that union should work to support the Palestinian people’s human rights and uphold international law

2. that BDS is an effective tactic, which educates society about these issues, economically pressures companies/institutions to change their practices and politically pressures the global community

3. that union have a moral responsibility to heed the call of oppressed peoples, like we did so proudly during the BDS campaign to end South African apartheid

4. that the BDS movement has united human rights campaigners from different nationalities, races, religions and creeds across the world

5. that the Veolia contract with UEL should not be renewed and if possible bought out

Union Resolves:

1. To institute thorough research into UEL investments and contracts with companies, including subcontractors, that may be implicated in violating Palestinian human rights as stated by the BDS movement

2. To pressure UEL and affiliate UELSU to divest from Israel and from companies directly or indirectly supporting the Israeli occupation and apartheid policies;

3. To promote UELSU resolutions condemning Israeli violations of international law and human rights and endorsing BDS in any form;

4. To take an active part in organising Israeli apartheid week which is decided by the BDS movement and occurs during March every year

4. To actively support and work with Palestine solidarity organisations such as the BDS Movement, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, British Committee for Palestinian Universities and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and others

5. Affiliate UEL to the Palestine BDS National Committee and engage in education campaigns to publicize the injustice of Israel’s discriminatory policies against the Palestinians and its illegal occupation

6. To put pressure on UEL to divest on Veolia and not to renew the contract and if possible to buy the out of the contract

7. To propose to the university and ethical contracting investment policy and to pressure university to accept it.

Approved by General Meeting on 17.10.12

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No to Racism on our Campuses & in our Communities

Union believes:

1. Racism is on the rise across all sections of society: in sport and the media, in politics and in our communities. There is a significant rise in Islamophobia and racism and the far right continues to mobilise.

2. Tory politicians are seeking to divide and rule by blaming Black people, Muslims, immigrants and asylum seekers for the economic crisis which has been caused by the bankers and the government’s ‘austerity’ policies.

3. The Tory Prime Minister has been leading the charge with high profile attacks on multiculturalism and immigration.

4. The English Defence League continues to organise violent and racist protests in towns and cities across Britain. These far right mobilisations seek to intimidate and attack the Muslim community, including targeting Mosques, other places of worship, shops and local businesses.

5. Unite Against Fascism has continued to play a leading role in working with local campaigns, faith groups, MPs and politicians and community leaders to organise peaceful, pro-multicultural mobilisations to defend communities from the EDL’s ‘protests’.

6. That far right, fascist politician Richard Barnbrook currently has a seat on the Greater London Assembly and that it is a priority of progressive, anti-racist students to ensure that no fascists are elected again this May. London must be a fascist free zone.

Union resolves:

1. To commit to challenging racism and fascism and affiliate to Unite Against Fascism.

2. To work with Unite Against Fascism to leaflet areas around the University of East London to encourage students to use their vote in the London elections to stop the far right.

3. To work with everybody in the future to organise musical, cultural and educational events to celebrate diversity and say no to racism

Approved by General Meeting on 17.10.12

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Pro-Choice

This Union Notes:
1. That 1 in 3 women will have an abortion at some point during their lifetime, a figure which will inevitably include a large number of both student members and Union staff.

2. That 76 per cent of the UK population are pro-choice.

3. That abortion is legal in Britain and has been since 1967.

4. That a pro-choice stance is not a pro-abortion stance, but instead affirms abortion as a morally and medically acceptable choice. Pro choice supporters believe that the final decision about pregnancy and abortion should always rest with the female and that her informed choice should always be respected.

5. That our abortion laws are more restrictive than almost every other European country. In the UK there is no abortion on demand. Women's reproductive rights have also come under threat under the current government, with David Cameron voting for a reduction in the limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks.

6. That Oxford University Students’ Union and Leeds University Students’ Union have both adopted pro-choice policies.

This Union Believes:

1. That whilst any society is free to hold particular beliefs, the Students' Union, as an organisation, should actively support a woman's right to choose.

2. That women have the right to choose what they do with their own bodies, and having received proper information, should be trusted to make a final decision

3. That the Union must provide a safe space for any woman who has had, or is considering having, an abortion.

4. That no student should be made to feel guilty due to any actions of the Students' Union or at any events held in the building.

This Union Resolves:

1. That the Students' Union adopts a pro-choice stance, offering support to its student members and staff and respecting a woman's right to choose.

2. That the Students' Union will raise awareness of, and promote campaigns against, any activities likely to erode women's reproductive rights.

3. That any material displayed in the Union building should adhere to the principle of ‘safe space’ and which resolves to ‘ensure an accessible environment in which every student feels comfortable, safe and able to get involved in all aspects of the organisation free from intimidation or judgement.’

Approved by General Meeting on 17.10.12

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Solidarity with our lecturers

This Union Notes

1. The attacks on the lectures pay, pensions and working conditions directly affect students at UEL.
2. The managements restructuring of staffs conditions, which propose to change, agreed upon workloads, grievances and union representation is going to have a substantially negative impact on education at the university.

3. The cuts and privatisation of higher education by the Tory government are part of an ideological agenda to limit higher education’s accessibility, social mobility and its role fundamentally as a public service.

4. UEL management’s complicity with these cuts and implementation of them is of detriment to the students.

5. The marketisation of higher education as outlined in the HE white paper seeks to turn our universities in to profit driven institutions, turning students into consumers and lecturers into providers of an artificial education product. As exemplified by the introduction of £9000 fees, starbucks and costa.

6. The National Union of Students has a called a national demonstration, “Educate, Employ, Empower” on Wednesday 21st November to defend education.

7. The Trades Union Congress has called a mass demonstration on Saturday 20th October, “March for a future that works”, to defend public services and education, which are key services that students of UEL rely upon.

This Union Believes

1. The UCU strikes at UEL are in defence of not only the working conditions of our lectures but of our student’s education.

2. The National Union of Students demonstration on Wednesday 21st November is going to be a key component of building a fight back to the attacks on education nationally and locally at UEL.

3. That student and worker unity is crucial to developing a strategy that can fight to save education. Therefore the TUC demonstration on October 20th is of vital importance.

This Union Resolves

1. The Students Union will build for the National Student Demonstration “Educate, Employ, Empower” on November 21st, allocating resources and organising for a mobilising meeting on 16th November at UEL.

2. The Students Union will mobilise for the TUC demonstration, “A future that works” on October 20th, using its resources.

3. The Students Union pledges to support and show solidarity with lecturers and staff trade unions in their local disputes.

Approved by Student Council on 27.09.12

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UELSU Part Time Officer Responsibility

Democracy, Representation and Student Engagement:
Part-time Officers to host open forums at least once per Semester for their remit. Giving students a chance to speak with their representative, meet each other, contribute to campaigns and question their representation by UELSU (within UEL.) Each forum should have at least 1 Sabbatical present.

The Student Council recommend that the Student Union Bye-Law (8) is amended via the Trustee Board to include the details of these details to remits for Student Part Time Officers.

Approved by Student Council on 26.01.12

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Docklands Campus:

UEL Students' Union (NB.G.01)
University of East London
4-6 University Way
London
E16 2RD

Reception: 0208 223 7025

General Enquiries: uelsu@uel.ac.uk

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UEL Students' Union (UH - The Dome)
University of East London
Water Lane
London
E15 4LZ

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