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.

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