Motion on Regent House membership for Oct 12 2018 GM
12 Oct 2018 at 13:00 – 14:00, Room 4, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms
This branch notes:
- That e-ballots on Grace 1 of April 18, 2018, and separately on Grace 1 of June 27, 2018, and a proposed amendment to that Grace, will be open to members of the Regent House of the University of Cambridge from October 15, 2018.
- That Grace 1 of April 18, 2018 would expand Regent House membership to include Directors of Research and Principal Research Associates.
- That currently, under the terms of University Statute A III 11(e), Regent House membership for certain staff categories, chiefly Research Associates, varies on the basis of which faculty or department they work at.
- That Grace 1 of June 27, 2018, would remove that discrepancy.
- That the proposed amendment to Grace 1 of June 27, 2018, would introduce a qualifying period, i.e. waiting time, of three years of continuous service for Regent House membership, for Research and Computer Associates only.
This branch believes:
- That further enfranchisement of staff members at the University of Cambridge should be welcomed.
- That Grace 1 of June 27, 2018, in redressing the present arbitrariness of Regent House membership for those staff in the categories governed by Statute A III 11 (e), notably Research Associates and Computer Associates, should be particularly welcomed.
- That the proposed amendment to Grace 1 of June 27, 2018, in that it would only apply to certain categories of staff, would be discriminatory.
- That the proposed amendment to Grace 1 of June 27, 2018 would also discriminate against staff members who take breaks in service, notably women.
- That Research and Computer Associates should be treated as equal stakeholders in University governance from day one.
This branch resolves:
- To encourage members of the Regent House to vote in favour of Grace 1 of April 18, 2018.
- To encourage members of the Regent House to vote in favour of the unamended version of Grace 1 of June 27, 2018, and against the amendment.
– motion carried