Michael Chessum, UCL, presents the introduction speech for 306a, a motion concerning postgraduate funding.
He believes that we cannot sideline postgraduate concerns. “If it is neglected, we will be left fighting over the crumbs,” he said. Chessum finished by driving home a message of solidarity: “An injury to one is an injury to all. Let’s not neglect postgraduate funding.”
The opposition speech calls to vote against this “blanket approach.” Instead, it is argued that by voting NUS sabbatical officers we place our faith in them and should not mandate specifics.
Chessum responds by arguing that “this is conference” and as the sovereign body it should be able to make such decisions. “It really is that contentious an issue,” he said.
306a passes easily.
306b also passes easily.
306 passes easily in totality too.
As the Chair commented: “a good day for post-grads.”
by Ben Parfitt