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The latest resignation to hit the Lancaster University student community is that of Bee Morgan, the LUSU Vice-President for Education. She has stepped down from her position after occupying that office for a year and a half and her resignation will go into effect on the 5th of February 2021.
In her public letter addressed to students and published on the SU website late yesterday, she cited a graduate job offer from the Government Office for Science as the reason for her resignation in the middle of her second term as VP.
It was also mentioned in her public correspondence, that the Students’ Union’s FTO team has decided against holding a special by-election for the VP-Education position. As the notice period for a by-election would push the start for any potential VP candidate into the Summer term. Therefore, it would be unjustified for the new incoming Vice President to be required to intercalate for a whole year for only two months of work and, along with that, also be prevented from re-running for a second term in the future.
Bee also briefed the students on how the Students Union would be handling her portfolio responsibilities after her departure from the institution, come 5th February. It stated that the rest of the FTO team, comprising of 5 members, would collectively take on the responsibilities of the VP for Education until a new one can be elected in Week 8 of this term and then sworn into office at the start of the summer vacations in June.
The Vice-President for Union Development Atree Ghosh would take over a majority of the university aspects while Amy, the VP for Welfare will handle all duties related to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Furthermore, the FTO team would collectively manage and administer the Students’ Union’s Academic Rep Scheme.