Zones are open forums run by your full-time officers, they exist so students have the chance to discuss any ideas they might have and hold their officers to account.
They occur in the lead up to our Senedd meetings so if you have an idea it can be submitted for timely debate.
They are relaxed and informal spaces – you don’t need any prior knowledge of the SU and our processes to attend, everyone is welcome to all zones!
Zones are themed by officer priorities and supported by SU staff members.
What is the purpose of Zones?
Zones allow students to address issues relevant to them in a relaxed setting, they provide an important communication link between students and full-time officers. You can:
- Encourage the Full Time Officer to take action on an issue
- Suggest an Idea you may want to submit to Senedd
- Suggest wording and improvements for Ideas or Campaigns
- Help provide facts and personal experiences relevant to the topic
Full-Time Officers are expected to:
- Update everyone with their plans and current projects
- Identify topics that could have positive effects on student life
- Identify opportunities to work with students on joint problems
- Answer any questions
We are committed to ensuring equal access to all our students. If you have any queries relating to accessibility, or require any of the meeting documents in a specific format please let us know, email Alice firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is discussed?
Each Zone follows a flexible agenda:
- Introductions – A friendly welcome and chance to get to know your Full Time Officer
- Officer Report – Hear all about the work of your relevant Full Time Officer and hold them to account
- Discussion – Students can ask questions about anything relevant to that Full-Time officer
- Any other business – A fancy way of saying an opportunity to raise anything else ! Perhaps extra topics, updates or announcements
Each Zone is themed by the Full-Time Officer to provide a starting point for discussions however, the Zone is absolutely not limited to this topic
How do I submit a topic for discussion?
You can email your topic to our Campaigns and Democracy Coordinator Alice (email@example.com) or submit an idea through our online form here.
Zones are an important tool of accountability and students are encouraged to ask Full-time officers questions about their priorities. Much like an MP or Senedd Member your Officers are elected to represent you and therefore have a responsibility to ensure the SU are working on issues important to you. Zones are one of the spaces to facilitate this discussion, students can directly influence decisions and help shape projects.
Accountability is a joint responsibility, it is most effective if both Full Time Officers and students engage in the process.
All our meetings have been held for this academic year. Check back soon for the dates for 22/23.
More About Each Zone
Welsh Culture Zone
Chaired by: Welsh Culture Officer and UMCA President
Staff Support: Support and Representation / Opportunities (Welsh Community)
Usual Suspects: Welsh Language Officer, UMCA Executive Committee
Bringing together anyone who has an interest in the Welsh Culture, this Zone discusses matters relating to:
- Welsh Language, Bilingualism and learning Welsh in Aber
- Access to Higher Education through the medium of Welsh
- Welsh events, celebrations and holiday activities
- Support and community resources for Welsh Students and their groups such as UMCA
This zone is accessible bilingually, if you wish to communicate in Welsh or English you are welcome to attend.
Chaired by: Academic Affairs Officer
Staff Support: Support and Representation
Usual Suspects: Faculty Reps, Academic Reps, Academic Based Society Committees
Relating to all things education, this Zone covers:
- The Academic Representation system
- Specific issues relating to anything from lectures, courses, modules or even degree schemes as a whole
- Issues relating to services such as libraries, information services or online tools
- Changes to University structures, staffing or activities
Chaired by: Wellbeing Officer
Staff Support: Support and Representation
Usual Suspects: Liberation Officers, Club/Society Wellbeing Officers, Charity or Wellbeing themed Society Committees
Covering the big picture of Wellbeing on campus, this Zone discusses:
- Support available to students through the SU, University and local health provision
- Issues affecting accessibility and the physical and mental health of students
- Campaigns and support to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion
Sports and Societies Zone
Chaired by: Opportunities Officer
Staff Support: Opportunities
Usual Suspects: Sports Club and Society Committees
This Zone is split into an hour each for Clubs and Societies and where relevant covers:
- Taking part in a club or society and all that it involves
- Grants, funding, coaching and representation
- Matters relating to facilities
- Big events such as Varsity, Superteams and Awards
- Fundraising and volunteering
Zones are a great opportunity to get the ball rolling on the discussions you want us to have, and the actions you want us to take.
Submit an idea through our online form here.
If you’re unsure whether a Zone is the right place for your idea get in touch anyway!