UNIVERSITY of LIMERICK STUDENTS’ UNION
Meeting: Class Reps Council
Date: 2008-10-16 Week 6
Attendance: Have Been Recorded
Apologies Have Been Recorded
Item 1 Apologies 1.1 Noted: Apologies were noted. 2 Announcements 2.1 Noted: Class Hoodies –How to order them
Gavin Kavanagh explains how to order hoodies. Hoodies may be ordered
and designed online a www.classhoodies.ie. Mr Kavanagh may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 6714454. As a minimum
order of 20 is required, Mr Kavanagh suggested small classes combine.
Generic UL hoodies in pink and grey may also be ordered in Week 7 in SU
2.2 Noted: New ULSU Logo Launch
Deferred until next meeting.
2.3 Noted: Halloween Ball
The Campaigns and Services Officer informs that the Halloween Ball is thon in the South Court Hotel on the 30 October. Tickets are on sale now
and cost ?15. Tickets are in various colours to indicate bus times, of
which there are many. This is one of a series of events occurring during
Halloweek (Week 8). Two tickets will be raffled at the end of Council. 2.4 Noted: Christmas Shoe Box appeal
Welfare Officer informs that she wishes to receive one shoebox from
each household. People will be asked to bring shoeboxes next week
(Week 7) to be stored until November.
Campaigns and Services Officer informs that he wishes to establish
another working group to deal with the appeal.
2.5 Noted: Bus Usage Recommendation
Campaigns and Services Officer brings an article (“Coach Operator
Admits Indecency Charge”) to the attention of the Council. He
recommends not to use Curtin coaches for class parties. Class reps
should contact him for a list of approved bus operators.
2.5 Noted: Homophobic Attacks on Campus
Equality Officer notes that agenda item is incorrect and should refer to
the Lodge. She informs that two homophobic incidents have occurred
recently in the Lodge. She informs that the SU does not accept this form
of treatment towards students based on sexuality or any other reason.
She intends to run an event in Semester 2 to raise awareness. Anyone
with comments or ideas should contact the Equality Officer, Welfare
Officer or Campaigns and Services Officer.
3 Minutes of Previous Meeting (2008-09-30) 3.1 Noted: Minutes were approved. 4 Matters Arising 4.1 Noted: No matters arising. 5 Working Groups Reports 5.1 Noted: President informs that there is little to report as only the
Campaigns and Fees Working Groups have met. He requests that
members either attend or send apologies, or they will be deemed
6 Motions and Resolutions 6.1 Noted: Election of College Council Officers: Education and Health
Collages Officer gives brief explanation of the roles and responsibilities
of the position. th year General Nursing) nominated herself and Graham Marie Lynch (4stCummins (1 year Biological Science) seconded the nomination.
There were no other nominations and Marie Lynch was deemed elected
to the position of Education and Health Science Officer.
7 Officers’ Reports 7.1 Written Reports were presented 7.1.1 President’s Report
? Screens initiative
? Bike Scheme
? Love Parade and Mental Health Week
7.1.2 Welfare Officer’s Report
? SHaG Week (Part 1)
? Positive Mental Health Week
? Anti-Fees Protest in Cork
? Childcare Bursaries
? Meetings and Committees
7.1.3 Campaigns and Services Officer’s Report
? Fee‟s Protest in Cork.
? Love Parade Mental Health Week
? Stables and Scholars meetings
? Pool tournaments
? Planning For HalloWeek
? Halloween Ball planning
? Rag week discussions
? Still on crutches
7.1.4 Communications Officer’s Report
? Launch of New ULSU logo
? „Exclusion Soc‟ article
? Deadline for next Pulse issue Week 8
7.1.5 PSA President’s Report
? Childcare Bursary Administration
? PSA AGM (Wednesday of Week 7)
? Re-integration policy
? Payment/Accreditation for teaching policy
? Proposal for amendments of the Postgraduate Charter
? Organisation of the PSA Ball
? Student Queries
7.1.6 Equality Officer’s Report
? Anti-Homophobia Night
? Cake Party
? Equality in UL
7.1.7 First Year Representative Report
? Election to position
? Exec Meetings
? Email Service
? A Rep for Each Course
? Anti-fees Protests
7.2 Education Officer’s Report
Noted: Education Officer gave an oral report as to his progress to date,
including reports on the following:
? Faculty Meetings
? Working with First Year Rep to encourage first years to become
involved with the Class Reps system
7.3 Community Relations Officer’s Report
Noted: CRO gave an oral report as to his progress to date, including
reports on the following:
? Community Forum
? Death Protocol Board
? Working with Equality Officer re: Cake Evening tho On the 28 October
o Would like 10/15 Class Rep volunteers to help
o Everyone is invited but would like numbers
7.4 Clubs Officer’s Report
Noted: Clubs Officer gave an oral report as to his progress to date,
including reports on the following:
? Clubs and Societies Constitution
? Local Lotto
7.5 Questions for Officers 7.5.1 Noted: Niamh O‟Mara (4th year Law and European Studies) questions the
SU‟s response to recent break-ins in the Briarfield area.
7.5.2 Noted: CRO informs that there will soon be a section in An Focal
promoting security, and the issue is being discussed at meetings. 7.5.3 Noted: Niamh O‟Mara (4th year Law and European Studies) queries
whether a Garda station in Castletroy would be beneficial. 7.5.4 Noted: CRO states that he fears a Garda station in Castletroy would
criminalise students, and that he would prefer to see increased Garda
presence or a private security firm.
7.5.5 Noted: President informs there will be no station for Castletroy. He
informs that after complaints from both students and other residents
there was an increased Garda presence in Castletroy. He encourages
everyone to report any incidents to the SU and Gardaí as it is essential
that they know. th year Law and European Studies) states that 7.5.6 Noted: Niamh O‟Mara (4
she has heard Garda believe crime has increased as off-campus student
accommodation is rented to people relocated from other areas of
Limerick rather than students.
7.5.7 Noted: President notes that the population around Limerick has
7.5.8 Noted: Welfare Officer states that the relocation programme has been
going on eight years and that the rise in crime is a nationwide issue. She
also encourages people to report incidents to the SU and Gardaí. She
states the there are five officers dedicated to the Castletroy area. Shen
encourages people to be vigilant in their areas, and to refrain from
saying who may or may not be responsible.
7.5.9 Noted: CSO states that security of a house is the responsibility of the
tenant and landlord. He states that increased Garda presence may not
be ideal, as they are around at times when students might be caught for
petty crimes but not present at times when trouble may occur. He
feared this would create a negative image of students.
7.5.10 Noted: Clubs Officer inform that he has twice been the victim of break-
ins. He states he and his housemates pushed their landlord to install an
alarm which they switch on when they leave the house. nd7.5.11 Noted: Aoife Caulfield (2 year MMPT) comments that houses are being
observed and vigilance is required.
7.5.12 Noted: CRO states his main concern is the welfare and safety of
students. He encourages students to ask landlord for better safety
measures. He hopes to include a checklist for ensuring a house is safe
and secure when leaving in An Focal. th7.5.13 Noted: John Condren (4 year Law and European Studies) queries why
the Nitelink service has been cut down. He notes that there is much
confusion as to times.
7.5.14 Noted: CSO explains the Nitelink service has been extended rather than
cut down. He has published the times in An Focal each week, online and
on posters around campus and is working on a permanent sign at the
Stables arch. The Nitelink now runs every 45 minutes rather than half an
7.5.15 Noted: PSA President informs that the service has been extended for
two reasons, the safety of students, and to connect to where students
live. A 45 minute route is needed to include the new stops. They looked
at locations and numbers of students in each and worked with the bus
company to create the new service. This was brought before and passed
by Council. st year Biological Science) stated that an 7.5.16 Noted: Graham Cummins (1
armed Garda unit patrol weekends in the UL area.
8 Items for Discussion 8.1 A.O.B.