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Currently it's essential to have a chair, secretary and treasurer. However this is a flawed system that gives too much responsibility to individuals rather than making it a team effort. Treasurer's get a huge amount of work sometimes and should be supported by other committee members however, this isn't isn't always the case.

Also, it's much more democratic to have a central body of several individuals rather than just one leader.

I know societies have mentioned this idea, and a few use the 'chair', 'treasurer' system as a disguise for actual collective leadership.

In short, vote agree for stronger democracy and shared responsibility within societies for a smoother and fairer operational system.


Allow societies the option to have a 'Central Committee' and 'Society Committee'

This Idea for Change opened on 21 Feb 2019 and closed on 07 March 2019.

11 students voted on this Idea, giving a score of -1.

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Marie Dodd
10:47am on 7 Mar 19 The Idea is closed and discussion is closed.
Iman Hussain
1:19pm on 6 Mar 19 Sometimes a dictatorship is needed for progress. For example, the Soviet Union.
Connor Levers
8:11pm on 25 Feb 19 I was thinking the same, Lee! :') Add 'commissar' to the committee titles and we're there. I don't really understand what creating a committee above the society committee would achieve. It's just another level of bureaucracy. Societies are free to alter their constitutions with the approval of their members (20% minimum) and the SU staff in charge of societies.
Lee Booker
4:12pm on 25 Feb 19 May aswell have added a "Politburo" for jokes also. This proposal sounds like the SU is preparing for war communism hahaha.
Kieran Bott
6:56pm on 23 Feb 19 I'm pretty sure that this can already be done. The positions of "Chair/President", "Treasurer", "Secretary" can easily be changed by speaking to the societies team - those positions can be whatever you want them to be, whether you wish them to remain as originally specified or to get extremely creative and imaginative (looking at SOCAP in particular there, they have really cool titles!). All three default officers have - according to the Societies Constitution - equal say and equal rights on the committee anyway, the chair doesn't have the final say on issues or the ability to make decisions without consulting the other officers, for example. Neither does the treasurer have the right to hide the financial information from the other officers.