A motion of No Confidence in Teddy Hall’s bursar was passed unanimously by the college’s JCR last Sunday.The No Confidence vote passed following the amendment of a motion expressing general dissatisfaction of the JCR with the behaviour of the bursar Ernest Parkin.The original motion criticised the policy of fining £20 on those not booking vacation accommodation by 5th week. When challenged by the JCR that this action was unjustified, the bursar claimed it was in the Teddy Hall rule book, which was later found out not to be the case. The bursar has since apologised.The motion was described to be about “bursarial actions and attitudes, which have been in many ways disrespectful and secretive.”Many students expressed feelings of resentment towards the bursar. Mark Mills, first year Teddy Hall student commented, “The motion passed nem com with no people against, so dissatisfaction was a reasonably held view.”Julius Hugelshofer, a second year Philosophy, Politics and Economics student added, “There has been a feeling of unfair treatment on the side by the bursar and the staff. The motion was a spontaneous idea.“The Bursar is part of the members of staff who are not very cooperative. He enjoys making life hard for us,” he added.Charlotte Seymour, JCR president stated that significant progress has been made in rent accommodations, but a lot of hostility remains on both sides.She said, “People were frustrated at feeling powerless in the face of these fines, particularly in having to deal with this sort of problem during finals.Accommodation issues have been particularly difficult and arisen in the past, especially for some of the third- and fourth-years who have been there longer.”The JCR President met Parkin on Wednesday to convey the JCR’s decision.Some JCR committee members have suggested that the motion will not be effective. Environment and Ethics Officer Daniel Lowe said, “Given that we cannot force the resignation of the Bursar, a motion of No Confidence will only serve to antagonise and it is my belief that it would be detrimental to future negotiations.” “However, I do strongly believe that something needed to be done, that our views needed to be represented, only in a more productive fashion.”Parkin refused to comment on the situation.
The company is taking its ‘Tier 2’ suppliers on a road trip around the county to build links with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).The aim is to get more local SMEs involved in Sellafield’s £2bn a year decommissioning programme.The first mission will take place on Monday, July 16 in Allerdale and Copeland.It aims to take in 6 companies. SMEs are being urged to volunteer to be one of the destinations.Similar events are also being arranged for Carlisle, Barrow, Penrith and South Lakes, and Warrington.John Berry, Sellafield Ltd supply chain manager, said: We’re also keen to dispel the myth that our tier two contractors are only looking to procure construction and engineering services. Our trade missions are a chance for businesses to get their foot in the door of the multi-billion pound nuclear decommissioning market. The unqiue twist here is that rather than those companies coming to us and our contractors, we are going to them. Businesses in Allerdale or Copeland wishing to express an interest in hosting a visit should email: [email protected] before July 6. Cumbria Trade Mission We want to make sure as many companies as possible, regardless of size or sector, benefit from the unique opportunities in the Sellafield clean-up programme. This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. They’ll be able to show us around their premises, demonstrate their capabilities and talk direct to the people who manage these multi-million pound frameworks and contracts. We’re delighted our tier two partners are supporting this; it’s clear they share our passion for showcasing the brilliance of our local SMEs. In reality, they buy a full range of professional and ancillary services like training, hotel rooms, stationery – you name it! PDF, 931KB, 1 page Request an accessible format. This is a really great way for us to showcase the excellence in our SME community. Emma-Jayne Gooch, Sellafield Ltd’s head of supply chain and innovation said: If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.