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Liz Ashworth, the LUSU Vice President (Activities), has resigned from her position with just ten days of her term in office remaining after raising allegations of bullying.
In response to a question asked by Joe O’Neill, the Vice President (Education)-elect, at Union Council on Wednesday Week 9, LUSU President Ste Smith said: “With regards to the resignation of the Vice President [Activities], I am of course sad that the Vice President has resigned from the Full Time Officer team and that is all I am going to say about the individual involved and the relationship that we have.”
He added: “With regards to bullying – bullying is of course not tolerated in the Students’ Union.”
In a statement released by LUSU, the Full Time Officer team said: “Liz’s fellow Full Time Officers wish to comment on how committed Liz was to the sports teams, groups and activities on campus. Her work in raising both awareness and funds for charitable causes is truly inspiring and she touched many people when she shaved her hair off for MNDS. … She was an absolute pleasure to work with and could always be relied on as a friend. We will miss her and are very sad that this is the way the year had to end.”
SCAN understands that Ashworth’s responsibilities are to be divided between the remaining Full Time Officers for the last few days of the academic year. The LUSU Trustee Board will be looking in to the circumstances around Ashworth’s resignation.
Ashworth and Smith were both unavailable for comment.