I think I agree with the bit about the Medics' union, as that seems to work for them. But I'm not convinced that the CCUs provide good cover for education & welfare issues.
Also, is the divide between the Faculties the right way to handle E&W? Are the problems for students in a single faculty so similar, or for those in different faculties so different, that it should be dealt with seperately by faculties?
Maybe the faculties will be Chinese walls, stopping best practise being shared between the students and welfare representatives of different faculties.
Or is the faculty structure (for South Kensington at least) just another layer of bureaucracy? Should we just centralise everything?
Personally CCUs should either remain (perhaps swapping a few departments around if _really_ necessary) or the entire lot should go and be replaced with slimline (!) Faculty Associations. The two-and-a-half-tier setup proposed seems to be utter chaos :)
Now, if you had had a Sloppy Rubber-stamp Council as we have here, the Exec would have said "jump" and Council would have wet its nappy and bowed!
Previous experience tells me that it will continue every academic year!
I was looking forward, after Hamish's review, to a year when Union officers could concentrate on giving something to students rather than spending all their free time preparing constitutional papers for council. Sadly, this is not going to be the case.
One way to avoid this bureaucracy on a student activities level - arguably the most important activity of the Union - is to adopt the CSC reporting structure in the new faculty structures.
This will mean students have access to the facilities and expertise of the Union without the constant lack of communication existing between CCU committees.
Sadly, I think David is correct in conjecturing that this sort of thing will continue next year. It seems to me that one of the few advantages to abolishing the CCUs completely, is that it will remove the CCU debate from ICU, and, hopefully allow ICU to be more useful to the students.