Anyone familiar the union will be aware that this is the time of year where clubs and societies get out the begging bowl in an attempt to secure funding for their club for the next year.
Union officers tend to work stupid hours juggling coursework and the endless rounds of meetings that are needed to get a fair outcome to this as every club inevitably wants more money than is available.
So, part time club chairs and treasurers are battling for your clubs interests for no reward apart from the satisfaction of doing the job. Unless of course you are part of the Graduate Students Association (GSA) in which case your full time, £20k per year sabatical will manage to have not found the time to do this.
This oversight means that the GSA will automatically suffer a 20% reduction in its budget. The student activities comittee has already decided that all clubs would receive 80% of last years budgets before the annual budgeting process kicked off.
This author would like to take the opportunity to remind readers that this is the same DPGS who took resit exams during his time in office and spent the first month of the job on an internship placement.
ICU Have issued this statement regarding the matter:
Dear Mr Jackson,
In response to your article on Live! Dated March 21 (11:34), we feel that a clarification is necessary in order to prevent both the reputation of a colleague from falling into disrepute and from Live! publishing what we perceive to be a factually lacking story.
At the March 20 meeting of the Student Activities Committee it was intended to receive and consider bids from each Club/Society Committee and Faculty Union that wished to bid for an increase in allocation through SAC over and above the original 80% allocated to them through the new process. The meeting was not intended to allocate actual funding due to the fact that an amount available for allocation was not forthcoming from myself ? in my opinion there are too many variables that potentially affect the funding of Student Activities to prudently publish an accurate figure. All members present accepted this point and agreed to consider the bids on the hypothetical basis that the level of funding would be 100% of the current academic year and no more. If more funding is allocated to Student Activities then a further meeting of SAC will take place where this additional funding will be allocated, however this fact depends on the proposed income & expenditure budget tabled to Executive in the summer months.
The reason that the Deputy President (Graduate Students) did not table a bid to SAC is twofold:
1. The GSA is not viewed in the same light as a CSC/FU in the eyes of the College and the subvention bid for the Union as a whole reflects this. The GSA is specifically highlighted by us centrally as an area that requires increased investment on the part of the College (to the tune of £5000 ringfenced directly from College) to further strengthen its existence (much in the same way the newly formed RCSU also requires enhanced attention and resource for the forthcoming year) and as such the GSA allocation bid was placed directly to College outside of the Student Activities stream. As the College?s one year planning process moves forward in the coming three months funding for the GSA is expected to come predominantly from the College and not the Union.
2. Part of the GSA Reviews? remit is the Association?s classification under the Union?s structure. As such, its bid for funding through SAC represents a saving (at least) of £500 on the 2005/6 total allocation to Student Activities. While this represents a small fraction of the total allocation of the current year, it still represents funding that can be reallocated to higher priority areas within Student Activities and the DPGS is commended for accepting an initial cut in the hope that increased funding will be forthcoming in the coming planning round.
We hope this clears up any issues yourselves and your readers may have. Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the DP (Finance & Services) or the DP (Graduate Students)
Tim Weinert-Aplin & Luis Hui.
End of statement.