A debate launched by SUBU as to whether the student union should pay £10,000 per year to abolish the 30p card charge has caused controversy across the campus.
Bournemouth University’s Student Union are holding their Annual General Meeting tonight to discuss, debate and vote on issues affecting the University.
The meeting is a chance for students to have a real impact on their experience at University and play an active role in leading change.
“The 30p card charge is something that students always say they are not very happy about.”
The issues that are leading the discussion are:
1) Should SUBU campaign for BU to take their money out of fossil fuel companies, and into ethical sources?
2) Should SUBU pay an extra 10k per year to get rid of the 30p card charge?
3) Should SUBU do more to educate students around the EU referendum and encourage them to vote?
In the lead up to tonight’s Annual General Meeting, Chloe Schendel-Wilson, Student Union President, explained why the 30p card charge is an issue that needs discussing:
“It is something that students always say they are not very happy about and for years we have said we cannot afford to change it or get rid of it. But now we thought, it’s their money why don’t we bring it to the students to decide?”
“If we kept the card charge we’d be able to keep prices of the shop low, whereas if we get rid of it we might have to increase some of the shop prices.”
Although a lot of Bournemouth University students will agree that the 30p card charge is an inconvenience, £10,000 per year is a huge financial sacrifice for the Student Union to make.
“If we kept the card charge we’d be able to keep prices of the shop low, whereas if we get rid of it we might have to increase some of the shop prices,” says Chloe.
After discussions at tonight’s meeting, there will be a vote on proposed outcomes. Chloe and the other elected full time officers will then work to achieve the decision of the students.