The no-confidence motion rumoured to be brought against Deputy President (Graduate Students) Shama Rahman has been confirmed, although not submitted. Live! has seen a copy of the motion, which has the 20 seconders required to bring it to Union Council. The list reads like a who's-who of union politics and includes all three faculty union presidents.
The paper, introduced by Deputy President (Finance & Services) Jon Matthews, contains around 25 pages of evidence to support the claim that the position of Miss Rahman has become untenable.
Failure to Perform
The no-confidence motion highlights a number of areas where the DPGS is alleged not to have fulfilled the requirements of her position, many of which have been covered on Live! previously. Miss Rahman's failure to arrive at the office by 10am is brought up again, along with evidence that one of the only times she has arrived before 10am was after a previous Live! article criticising her tardiness. When challenged about this previously she has indicated that she has been late to the office so often due to meetings with postgraduate students scheduled in the morning.
Evidence included alleges Miss Rahman has neglected several of her duties, ranging from attending meetings to answering welfare issues via email, culminating in an allegation of misleading Union Council.
The missed meeting with the Deputy Rector rears its head again, along with a missed meeting with the College Head of Catering. Miss Rahman has defended missing these meetings: the first was missed due to her confusion at the change to GMT - the meeting occured on the Monday before the change from BST, leading to a confusion over which week the clocks changed and in which direction. The second occurence came about due to confusion as to the location of the meeting, with the two parties standing at different entrances to the SCR.
One particular welfare issue, regarding working hours for international students, was not answered for almost a month, leading a member of College staff to contact the DPFS (himself a graduate student) to ask for a follow up.
Miss Rahman was questioned at Union Council in December as to why she missed QARC, to which she replied she was organising the new venue for her Christmas Ball. Live! has seen an invoice for the venue paid on the 6th December, before the meeting of QARC on the 8th. In response to this Miss Rahman has stated that she was phoning people individually to ensure that they were happy with the change of venue.
A formal written warning was issued to Miss Rahman regarding a number of these issues, dated 5th December. While her absence at QARC came after this warning, there is some rather more damning evidence of misconduct. Live! has seen emails provided to Felix by an anonymous source where Miss Rahman admits to planning a sickie for the 15th December. She responded that "this sickie was never pulled" and it was said in jest.
Speaking to Felix, Miss Rahman blamed a lack of training and an obstructive attitude from the Deputy President (Finance & Services) for her poor performance. She has now received the appropriate finance training which she missed over summer, but claims it took a month and a half of pestering, during which time the revelant people were "too busy".