Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New Sabbs in place of Non-Sabbs

- Ryan McAleer

The Student Council has overwhelmingly voted in favour of scrapping non-sabbatical officers and creating two new paid sabbatical roles for the student union. This will bring the total number of full time paid sabbatical officers to seven in time for elections in March.

The portfolio’s of the ‘non-sabbs’ will be transferred into six ‘vice-president’ (VP) sabbatical roles under the Union President. Along with the two new roles of ‘VP Community’ and ‘VP Equality and Diversity’, the role of Deputy President will be scrapped in favour of a ‘VP for Campaigns and Communications’ to better clarify the role.

According to the report recommending the changes, the two new positions will cost “in the region of £31-32k”, bringing the total salary of the union executive to approximately £110,000. The ‘Report from student officer review sub-group’ states: “It is estimated that the Students’ Union will have adequate funds in its budget to cover this cost. In the event that this is not the case, an assurance has been given from the Director of Student Plus that funding will be drawn from Student Plus Reserves.” Translated: Queen’s University will pay.

The recommendations from the report stimulated much debate at the council meeting of February 11th before finally being adopted. A number of councillors addressed their council colleagues urging caution against any rash ‘rubber stamping’ for the sake of it. The cost of paying seven officers weighed heavily in arguments against the adopting of the recommendations in the report. However their pleas proved in vain as a large majority of councillors finally backed the motion of scrapping ‘non-sabbs’ and creating the new posts.


Anonymous LGBT Member said...

I think John Roger would make a real nice candidate for the equality and diversity post.

Really nice.

2/13/2008 1:16 am  
Anonymous Yuri said...


So wait, you dump several NON-PAID positions to replace them with 2 PAID positions? Thats not efficency. Thats stupid.

You're not going to see any difference in their output, most of their roles go unnoticed anyway. But now Queens is paying 30k for their services.

Since you all clearly have money to burn, how about giving some of it to me?

2/13/2008 12:49 pm  
Anonymous Feed The Goat said...

Talking about Non-Sabs, thank goodness they are going, has there even been a more useless bunch.

I thought Thomas Hogg would have dispossed of Sharon Simpson by now seeing as she is clearly an embarassment to the DUA. All she does is shout out stupid remarks and gets up to make a point of clarification that was no different from what had been said.

After last years SCA officer we all thought thing couldnt have got worse but they clearly have.

Good Ridence to Non-Sabs

2/13/2008 5:16 pm  
Anonymous Michael said...


Sort your grammar out!! It's things couldn't have GOTTEN worse!!

Are the rumours true - you failed your exams last year :-)

2/14/2008 10:46 pm  
Anonymous Union Roxs said...

Nobody could be worse than eddie hanna. FACT!!!

2/14/2008 10:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on who this years candidates are?

2/15/2008 2:09 pm  
Anonymous Council member said...

I thought Sharon Simpson was just clarifying comments made by John Rogers about money spent for Chinese New Year.

Sharon Simpson had already spend one thousand pounds - I think - on Chinese New Year yet John Rogers acknowledged that they had allocated more money to events run on behalf of the Deputy President?

SO money was spent twice by two different people for the use of same yet two different events?

The Executive did not co-operate with the SCA officer and instead did their own thing whilst wasting money.

Also who authorised the use of £2000 from the Womens officers budget to spend on that useless magazine which is used to boast Sarah McCafferys ego and CV more than anyone else on that Exec.

Exec = Waste of space

And guess what they are spending YOUR money!

Really where is the GOWN in all of this!?

2/16/2008 11:13 pm  
Anonymous Get a life said...

council member = sharon simpson

it is so obvious.

2/17/2008 3:58 pm  
Anonymous We Know It Is You said...

Sharon after so many years of education you think you would at least have the grammar of a 12 year old. It is quite appalling.

2/18/2008 4:21 pm  
Anonymous feed the goat said...

See big edd backed the winner in Dromore- Bet the DUA and the DUP never seen that coming!!!!!

2/19/2008 3:08 pm  
Anonymous Pot calling kettle? said...

The sense of irony is not lost on me.

"Sharon after so many years of education you think you would at least have the grammar of a 12 year old. It is quite appalling."

You missed a comma after Sharon. Also, use of "it" is strictly prohibited by the grammar gestapo.

2/19/2008 5:18 pm  
Anonymous Get a degree before you attempt to conquer the world Helferty! said...

One would think, Ciarnan Helferty when attempting to post as someone else would at least be able to use coherent grammar!

Is it any wonder he is attempting to take another year out when he failed his exams - perhaps he should speak to the education officer!

Oh yes, he's even thicker than Mr Helferty!

The exec is set to get even worse if Laura Hawthorne gets elected - what a useless waste of space, actually I take that back - she'll fit right in!!

2/21/2008 1:14 am  
Anonymous spiderman said...

get a degree...

why don't you stand for election? you seem to have a lot of constructive (yeah right)comments about other people and policies and yet you lack the balls to actually stand and let voters decided?

If uselessness and being 'a waste of space' are the only qualifications required then i would think you would be right at home.

2/22/2008 7:39 am  
Anonymous Sarah - Jane said...

Spiderman, maybe "get a degree" has stood for election and maybe he or even she has been elected!

3/01/2008 10:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Sarah Jane I wonder who you could be?

3/19/2008 7:19 pm  

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