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A near miss? NUS Governance Review defeated at last stage by narrow margin

Tallie, Ben and Elle have all just been in touch to let me know that The NUS Governance review has been defeated by a very, very narrow margin - the review needed 717 votes to be passed, but only received a (scarily-close) 692.

That's all folks!

That's the end of elections for another year, and the last year I'll be involved in the Union. It's been a helluva fortnight, with a larger UPSU Media presence than ever before.

Elections - behind the scenes - 9

Have I scared everyone off?

Just a quick question - have I scared everyone off from running for my position or something?

There's only one candidate for Media & Publications Officer ("MAPO") this year - last year there were 4, and the year before that there were two...

What gives?!

Who's in charge, then?

I read today on the Epigram's website - the newspaper of Bristol students' union - that the students' union feels they are facing a very real and present danger of their University taking over their Union.

If you're at all interested in students' unions, and their right to remain independent of - and to challenge - their parent institutions, I urge you to read these stories:

Reading around the subject

If you're in the market for something interesting to read, you could definitely do worse than take a look at University College London SU's PI Magazine, which has a fascinating piece by one of its student journalists on their take on student "apathy" at their Union.

Whoah whoah whoah whoah whoah - slow down a bit!

Do you ever have one of those days when everything's happening so fast it's impossible to take enough mental notes to remember something for later? I've been having one of those days weeks months, and things are showing little sign of slowing down any time in the near future.


I've been a bit very slack in writing up what actually happened at NUS Conference. In the meantime, have a video from David Darkin from the conference. Very random... (Can't see it? Go here).

NUS Conference day 1


Well, we're here in Blackpool. For some reason I keep calling the place Brighton. More beer needed I think...

We rocked up yesterday after a 5-ish hour drive up the motorway and immediately renamed our hotel Fawlty Towers. I have the pleasure of sharing a room with two other guys - Nick and Gordon - something which I haven't done for a few years.

Conferences left, right and centre

NUSSL logoNow elected, I've been driving a few people potty with hare-brained ideas and half-baked plans which I'd like to see started before the end of this academic year.

Campaigning through hoops

One of the less well-known aspects of the campaign trail during elections is that campaigns can only take place during the official campaign period*, which is only five days long, and that there is a limit on how much one can actually spend on campaigning - this year, it's

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