As most Imperial undergraduates enjoy a well earned summer vacation, there are still a number of people frantically trying to meet their deadlines. The only people who are around during this time are the postgrads and it is the last month for MScs.
So what happens when these postgrads or MScs encounter problems? Of course the union has a designated Sabbatical Officer, the Deputy President (Graduate Students) to provide a helping hand. As the Union sabbaticals took over from the 1st of August, last year?s executive committee had allowed time off to the newly elected DPGS Shama Rahman so she could complete her course.
It was initially agreed that she would be in for two days a week, taking the other three off. It has now come to light that she will be completely off, until the beginning of September. Rahman also missed the very first executive committee meeting of the year. In fact, the Union website does not even include a photo as yet. This comes at a time when the need for the DPGS is the greatest as MSc students finish their final projects and could face problems of great importance to their degree.
The Union's problems with the DPGS position seem to have no end in sight...