Cut rate OUSU entices St Cross

first_imgSt Cross College’s Common Room Committee (CRC) has decided to affiliate to OUSU from Michaelmas Term 2004, after the student union offered them a reduced membership fee. Minutes from the graduate college’s CRC meetings show that OUSU offered membership at £700 per annum rather than the full fee of £1200. As CRC Women’s Officer Verity Allan pointed out at the time, “a fee of £700 saves us £10 per head”. The minutes also reveal that the CRC felt that they would not have affiliated without OUSU’s offer to cut the membership fee for the first year of affiliation. Nick Kruger, the senior member of the CRC explained that “the fee of £1200 is unrealistic for the CRC”. OUSU was quick to defend their fee reduction, claiming that it did not constitute preferential treatment or discrimination against the full fee-paying Junior Common Rooms of other colleges, and that St Cross was a special case. Rodrigo Davies, OUSU’s Vice President (Finance), explained that “the fee that St Cross is paying to OUSU is the result of a temporary arrangement that is operating while the college’s common room committee establishes a separate student body.” “Once this process has finished, St Cross will be able to affiliate as a Student Union under the terms of the Education Act and will be liable for the same subscription rates as all other affiliated common rooms.” OUSU President, Helena Puig Larrauri, explained that “they do not receive the kind of government funding that Junior and Middle Common Rooms across the rest of the University receive for virtue of being student unions.” However the CRC’s decision to affiliate was not put to ordinary members of the college. Nick Kruger argued at the time that because “this would be a cost neutral change it would not be necessary to consult the student body”.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more