During March the SU team has been busy working on a number of different projects. Read on to find out what this months wins are.
Reading Week Proposal
Earlier this month we had our first Cambridge SU annual All-Members Meeting, where we presented our budget for next year and discussed a number of important motions. We’re really excited that so many students attended the meeting - and that Ben’s proposal to reform the Cambridge term structure was passed with overwhelming support, after six weeks of consultation and very lively student discussion on the night! This mandate means we can begin negotiations with the University from a strong position, to advocate for changes that will fundamentally address the longstanding issues of student workloads, loneliness, and wellbeing.
Reclaim the Night
This year the SU Women’s Campaign hosted our first ever online Reclaim the Night vigil with FLY. Students were given a space to come together and share their collective grief and solidarity with all those impacted by sexual violence. We heard from students, past women’s officers and members of the local community on a night designed to reclaim our bodies and spaces. The vigil was part of a wider series of events that happened throughout the week including forums held by FLY and the Women’s Campaign, a virtual banner-making session, and a special Scratch Night with the Old Vag Club around the theme of Body and Space. The powerful sense of solidarity expressed throughout all of these events is a real testament to the work put in by women and non-binary students from across WomCam, FLY, the Old Vag Club and college level feminist societies.
This month we successfully ran elections for almost 100 roles! At the beginning of the month we saw the election of next year’s sabbatical officers, with more candidates and roles contested than ever before. 4520 people turned out to vote for our 19 candidates, despite the impact of the pandemic meaning we held our first ever online-only elections. In the last week of the term, we also saw new committees elected for our seven campaigns simultaneously for the first time! 89 people ran in the Campaign Elections, and thanks to the amazing work of our outgoing committees turnout more than doubled in several of the campaigns’ elections. The new sabbatical officers and Campaign committees will assume their roles in July. You can find a full list of elected officers here.