Uh hum, cough, cough. The campaign for a guilds sabbatical did not kick off under the "Patel regime". The first fundraising mailshot took place last year; the idea is actually ancient but was seriously put onto the agenda the previous year. The Guilds Management Committee resolved to pursue a sabbatical in a rather understated manner in April 2002 after discussing a paper I wrote :-p
Ashley's correct - DoC Soc has just (within the last fortnight) received a very generous donation from the Department of Computing. This is the first time DoC has received departmental money for a while and I thanked the Head of the Department for this at yesterday's lunchtime presentation.
The (potentially Confusing) ICU definitions of the Felix Editor being a Sabbatical but not an Officer, and the ICSMSU President being an Officer who is a Sabbatical- a sabbatical officer- but not actually a Sabbatical Officer.
Actually the law (Education Act '94) says (s22)(2)
"The governing body shall in particular take such steps as are reasonably practicable to secure that the following requirements are observed by or in relation to any students' union for students at the establishment? (a) the union should have a written constitution;"
Just cos its not online doesn't mean we don't have a constitution. If anyone is really bored they could go to the union office to look at a copy, but somehow I doubt anyone could be bothered to do such a thing.