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Stafford students call for vote of no confidence in Staffs Uni executive

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

By Robin Scott

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STAFFORD students angry about the decision to close Staffordshire University’s Beaconside campus have called for a vote of no confidence in the institutions executive.

A petition launched online at Staffordshire University Students Union’s website reads: “Following the decision to close Stafford Campus, do you have confidence in the Executive of Staffordshire University?"

Student Union President Rochelle Owusu-Antwi told the Newsletter as a democratic, membership-led organisation, it was the union’s role to facilitate the student voice.

“A student has activated one of our democratic processes and requested this motion,” she said. “If the motion reaches 250 signatures then as a Union we will put the question to the entire student membership as a referendum.

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“The University does not have a democratic structure, meaning a referendum result that indicates a lack of confidence in the University executive would only mandate the Union to represent the student voice.

“The Union would then formally speak on the student body’s behalf and address the matter in hand with the University executive.”

Ms Owusu-Antwi added: “We have already said we will work with, not against, the University on the Stafford campus changes.

“Our main priority is that the movement of students or resources is not rushed or staggered at the inconvenience of the students still studying at Stafford.”

A spokesman for Staffordshire University said: “We are acutely aware of the feelings of our Stafford students but believe it is in the long term interests of the University and its students to operate from one main campus in Stoke-on-Trent.

"Students have a rights to protest against a decision they are unhappy with and we acknowledge that they are exercising their rights responsibly through the democratic process.”

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