A New UCCSU Publication

28/02/2009
UCCSU needs to produce a publication that will keep UCC students informed and updated on Union progress throughout the year with extra features that will be of interest to students

UCCSU needs to produce a publication that will keep UCC students informed and updated on Union progress throughout the year with extra features that will be of interest to students

You pay for the Union so you deserve to know what is done with your money.

The UCC Express is an independent publication and the Union cannot –
and should not –  interfere with it.

The Union needs to have its own Publication to communicate with you directly.

The Union publication needs to be interesting to students and feature extras that will encourage them to read it.

I have a track record of running publications which balance interesting student news with
investigative journalism that hold those in positions of power in UCC to account.

As Deputy President I will ensure that a regular, interesting and well-designed  publication keeps you updated on what the Union is doing.

VOTE POWER 4 DEPUTY

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UCCSU Website: A New Way Forward

28/02/2009
The new US administration's simple change of website has made a real impact on how people have interacted with the American Government. There is no reason why the same result cannot be achieved by UCCSU with a new website.

The new US administration's simple change of website has made a real impact on how people have interacted with the American Government. There is no reason why the same result cannot be achieved by UCCSU with a new website.

The Obama campaign has shown how technology can encourage people to get
involved in decisions that affect them.

We need to completely overhaul the current SU website and Forum Boards to make them more user friendly and understandable.

I believe that most students are apathetic towards the union because it never asks them what they want except when the elections roll around.

We need to harness new technologies to get ordinary students involved in decision making. Regular surveys and focus groups will need to be conducted to make sure the opinions of ordinary students are being heard.

As Deputy President I promise to implement a state-of-the art Students’ Union website that is well designed and user friendly.

I will investigate models used in Ireland and the UK and implement the best format that will work for UCC.

In doing so, I will also put pressure on the UCC Computer Centre to scrap the current UCC website and develop a format that is much more navigatable and user friendly to students.

Looking for details and information on student services shouldn’t be this hard.

I also promise to ensure the Union puts in place an easy method for student feedback and involvement in major decisions that affect them.

VOTE POWER 4 DEPUTY


Increased Teaching & Learning Standards

26/02/2009
Improved Teaching & Learning Standards for UCC

Improved Teaching & Learning Standards for UCC

We, the students of UCC, are here first and foremost to get a good education.

Increasing class sizes, less tutorials, shrinking supports and poor lecturing all threatens the prospect of a good education. We need to work with the University Vice-President for Teaching and Learning to improve lecturing standards by properly monitoring lecturers and their ability to teach.

Having had some amazing lecturers in the UCC Economics Dept (and some awful ones too)  – I know how University Lecturers can improve the quality of teaching and learning they provide by engaging with the courses available.

If elected Deputy President I will want to see mandatory teaching qualifications for all new lecturers and a plan to ensure all existing lecturers are qualified to teach.

VOTE POWER 4 DEPUTY


Budget Cuts & Wasteful Spending in UCC

26/02/2009
UCC - like every other public service - is bloated and needs to be rationalised without affecting academic supports and student services

UCC - like every other public service - is bloated and needs to be rationalised without affecting academic supports and student services

The downturn is hitting the University hard.

The Government is cutting our funding and support for third level generally.

This is an opportunity for us to re-think how UCC is managed.

Over the the last ten years, inefficiencies have developed in ever corner of UCC. We need to trim the fat of UCC’s mountain of bureaucracy and waste.

We need to make sure the University doesn’t take the easy way out and cut student services, the library and vital student resources.
We will need to work with student services to fight this.

Staff can only do so much to defend the cuts, after all the University is their employer – as students we are much more free to fight the hard fight and say what needs to be said. I promise to speak up and make sure these cuts are avoided and provide alternative areas for trimming.
Two examples of UCC’s bizarre priorities are its huge budgets for its Media Office, as well as its Gallery.
These are areas which I want to immediately look at for savings.

But we do need to work with the University not against them or we risk being frozen out of decision-making.

As the recession deepens more and more students will need extra help to survive, we need to make sure that UCC is ready for this.

As Deputy President I want to press the University to cut wasteful spending and become more efficient.
UCC needs to do more with less, before it is too late.

VOTE POWER 4 DEPUTY


The Manifesto

26/02/2009

Can be found here !!

Also – I’m gonna be updating the site every day with a different topic, just to keep things interesting and to show you what the information flow would be like if I get elected.

As always – you can email me at vote4power@gmail.com

Ian 😀