Former YUSU Academic and Welfare Officer Grace Fletcher Hackwood has announced she will not appeal after being forced to resign following a vote of no-confidence.
Speaking exclusively to Nouse, Hackwood said: “In discussion with the remaining sabbs I have decided not to take up my right to appeal with an EGM [Extraordinary General Meeting], as without one it will be easier for YUSU to draw a line under this incident and continue with elections and with the rest of the year’s business.”
The decision not to appeal brings Hackwood’s four year YUSU career to an end.
Hackwood denied that calling an EGM, a single general meeting in which votes are taken by a show of hands, would have undermined the outcome of the original Union General Meeting [UGM] which passed by eight votes.
She said: “I think that when a vote passes with a 0.5% majority it’s difficult to see that as a decisive ‘will’ of the students, but for the remaining sabbaticals perception is of course very important, and I can see how it would have been difficult to work with the perception that they were trying to maintain the mythical ‘YUSU clique’.”
YUSU President Anne-Marie Canning, who will take over the Academic and Welfare brief until the end of the year, said she accepted Hackwood’s decision. She said “We support Grace in her decision which no doubt was a difficult one to make. The sabbaticals are saddened to have lost a member of the team but we wish Grace luck in all her future endeavors.'”
Canning admitted that the EGM would have been difficult politically, as it would be unlikely to achieve as high a turnout as the UGM. She said: “It would probably have undermined people’s faith in the UGM and could have possibly disenfranchised various students. In terms of moving forward for the Union this is the best result.”
Hackwood’s office has already been emptied of her personal belongings and its resources made available to college welfare teams.