University notice 23 February 1970: Guild resignations

This is an official University of Liverpool notice setting out the University administration’s view of the situation following the collapse of Guild government.

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

The Guild of Undergraduates

1 . Special meetings of the Council and the Senate were held on Monday 23 February, 1970, to consider the problems of the Guild of Undergraduates in view of the collapse of constitutional government in the Guild following the resignation of all the Officers and all the Guild Executive on 9 February, 1970.

2. At these meetings the members of the Council and the ·Senate received a report from the Vice-Chancellor, who stated that he had been requested by well over one thousand students to invite the Council and the Senate to make such changes in the Ordinances and/or Regulations of the University as might be necessary to ensure that constitutional government in the Guild could be resumed. These requests had come from a broad cross-section of students and had been made both as individuals and as officers of societies.

3. In view of the Vice-Chancellor’s report, and the expressed wishes of many students, the following decisions have been taken unanimously by the Council and the Senate:

(a) That a Temporary Ordinance, to come into force at once, should be made. The Ordinance together with its preamble, reads as follows: ‘Whereas the Council and the Senate are satisfied that, consequent upon the resignation of all officers of the Guild of Undergraduates on 9th February, 1970, it is not within the competence of the Guild under existing Laws and Bye-Laws of the Guild to hold elections to fill the vacancies arising from these resig~lations, the Council, in virtue of the powers conferred by the Charter and Statutes, hereby makes the following temporary Ordinance:

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained in any Ordinance or Regulation of the University or in any Law or Bye-Law of the Guild of Undergraduates, the Council shall have power:

(i) to authorise the Returning Officer of the Guild of Undergraduates (Mr Kemp) to take such steps as he may deem necessary to ensure that elections are held as soon as possible to fill, until 31 st July, 1970, vacancies in the offices of President, Deputy President, Secretary and Vice-President for Guild Affairs, Treasurer and Vice-President for Financial Affairs and Vice-President for Internal Affairs, and that elections shall be based on universal franchise of all members of the Guild competent to vote at such elections;

(ii) to authorise the Returning Officer to take such steps as may appear to him requisite or desirable to ensure that the election of Officers for the year 1970-71 proceeds notwithstanding any requirement of any Law or Bye-Law of the Guild;

(iii) to delegate to a Joint Committee of Council and Senate all such powers as may be necessary, notwithstanding any requirement of any Law or Bye-Law of the Guild, to ensure (a) that the above elections are duly and expeditiously he|d , and to afford the Returning Officer assistance in the performance of his duty: and, subject to the foregoing, (b) that necessary meetings may be held.”

(b) That in virtue of the powers conferred by paragraphs (i) and (ii) of the Ordinance, the Returning Officer be authorised to arrange for the holding of the elections there referred to.

(c) ‘Ihat in virtue of the powers conferred by paragraph (iii) of the Ordinance, a Joint Committee be established, with the powers therein provided for, and with the following membership:

Chairman: The Vice-President of the Council (Dr. A.W. Beeston);

Council representatives: Colonel R. Shields and Professor F.J. Odgers

Senate representatives: Pro-Vice·Chancellor Craggsand Dr.J.S.E.Holker

Secretary: The Academic Secretary (Mr. R. Butler)

(d) That the Joint Committee, in consultation with the Vice-Chancellor, be authorised to consider and adjudicate upon any requests which may be received in due course from duly elected Officers of the Guild, in accordance with Senate Minute 9, 19 June, 1963, and Senate Minute 171, 9 July, 1968, for exemption from courses of study and/or examinations in Session 1969/70.

(e) That, until such time as Officers of the Guild are elected and in order to assist those Societies which in present circumstances are suffering financial hardship, the Finance Officer be given discretion to make payments out of University funds in respect of such accounts as the Permanent Secretary and Bursar may certify as valid and urgent, subject to an undertaking by the Society concerned that the University will be reimbursed from Union funds in due course.

H.H. Burchnall,

Registrar

23 February, 1970.

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