The Returning Officer's report on the NUS referendum was presented to council tonight, with some interesting information about the breakdown of results.
The faculties voted in the following way (% Yes/No):
- Engineering - 48/52
- Natural Sciences - 49/51
- Medicine - 68/32
The medic vote was sufficient to change the result from a narrow 'No' victory to a narrow 'Yes' victory, with non-Faculty voters (Tanaka, the Sabbatical Officers) also contributing to the swing. Freshers were marginally in favour, coming in at 54/46, while non-Freshers were 49/51 against.
Departments against affiliation were Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics, Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Mathematics and Computing. When speaking for the 'Yes' campaign ICU President John Collins was booed in Mechanical Engineering, something which is reflected in the result with Mech Eng being the most anti-NUS department.
Materials, Chemistry, ESE, EEE, Centre for Environmental Policy, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Life Sciences and Tanaka were all in favour of affiliation to varying degrees, with Tanaka being the most pro-NUS of the major departments.
During Council ICU President John Collins answered questions about the financial arrangements over the next few years. The initial £35k cost of affiliation for this academic year is likely to be part-paid by College, with the rest coming from Executive Committee reserves. Mr Collins indicated that the £44k cost next year will be fully covered by the money coming back when ICU leaves ULU.