OUSU Report – Week 1, HT

Motions

Five motions were passed at today’s meeting, they can be found in detail here. Amendments can be found in the minutes. The motions are summarised below:

  • Feminist Conference Funding – It was agreed that OUSU would allocate £400 to partially subsidise transport to the Leeds Student Feminist Conference on 8th-9th February. This opportunity will be available to all students and the conference and accommodation is expected to be free of charge, so it’s a great chance to get involved in the first national student feminist conference of its kind. For more information, contact Sarah Pine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Fairtrade Campaign – It was resolved to create an OUSU campaign for Fairtrade, and to encourage colleges to become Fairtrade certified. If anyone is interested in starting a college Fairtrade campaign at St Anne’s, get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Fossil Fuel Divestment – It was resolved for OUSU to formally request that the University should cease directly investing in fossil fuel companies, describing such investment as ‘socially irresponsible’. On average around 5% of university endowments are invested in fossil fuels. The University currently promises not to invest in arms companies, and this motion hopes to prevent investment in fossil fuel companies in order to combat climate change.
  • Motion against Marketisation – This motion condemned the ‘increased marketization of this university’ – detailing cuts to staff pay, the sale of the student loanbook and the repression of student protests. The motion resolved to support staff strikes, condemn violations of students’ rights to peacefully protest and to support the national week of action against the sell-off of the student loanbook.
  • Supporting local homeless charities against 38% cuts – This motion resolved to support campaigns by homeless charities to protest against Oxford City Council’s proposed 38% cuts to funding for homeless services. OUSU also pledged to fund (up to £150) student campaigns on this issue – if you’re interested in campaigning, get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can sign the petition against the proposed cuts here.

At today’s meeting, the OUSU team also reported back on their work over the past few weeks. Their full report can be found here.

Representation

If you have any ideas, issues or concerns you want to raise with OUSU, please let me know - either around college or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Similarly, if you have any enquiries about how to use any OUSU services, please feel free to ask. 

OUSU Campaigns

OUSU have got some really worthwhile campaigns covering a range of issues including feminism, Mental Health, LGBTQ and racial awareness issues, amongst many others. To find out more visit the OUSU website.

Living Wage Campaign

Not all St Anne’s College staff are being paid a Living Wage – an hourly figure calculated independently by the Centre for Research in Social Policy. If you’re interested in the Living Wage Campaign within college, please join the facebook group and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

OUSU report

Hey everyone, I’m the OUSU rep for this year, and I’ll be updating you all of goings on to make sure you’re all informed and aware of what OUSU actually does. Please drop me an email if you want to get involved or have any questions – OUSU is a student union to represent you.

Get Involved in Access

There are lots of different ways in which undergraduates can get involved with outreach activities at St Anne’s. With our new Student Ambassador scheme, undergrads have the opportunity to apply to be a part of the team of around 30 students who help with open days, college tours, school visits in Oxford and visits in their local area. Ambassadors get priority for working at admissions interviews in December, helping to make the interviewees have as smooth and enjoyable time as possible; it is also a lot of fun! If there are additional places, this opportunity will be advertised in Michaelmas Term.

Tales from Summer Schools

This summer, in between designing website (and getting it wrong!), I've also spent about two weekss so far in Oxford helping with summer schools.

Vacation(?) time in Uganda

Mulembe (lugisu for hello) from Uganda! I've been president for only a few weeks now and am already late when it comes to replying to emails. Turns out it's hard to go online without electricity.

Building a website

One of the most important aspects of the IT rep's role is to maintain the JCR website, and for the fifth time in five years, I too, am rebuilding the website.