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The idea was that it would take its mandates from the other parts of NUS structures that would set down policies and campaigns, but because it would have held liability in extreme cases would be able to stop some things from happening (only after seeking detailed legal advice and reporting it to Congress, unlike now where the President alone has that power in practice). The Congress itself would have approved the appointment of the four Lay Trustees- recruited specifically for their expert skills- and could have removed them.

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If the board of sabbatical and student trustees are seeking legal advice then what is the point for external trustees? External trustees while they may have experience in their field do not necessarily understand what it is like to be a student now. They may have experience in campaigning but what is to stop trustees/members of staff from working with them in partnership now? nothing! This is also a criticism of some sabbatical trustees.

Posted by Matt Smith on 2008-08-14 16:20:25.
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Would be interesting to have 'extreme problems' clarified. Congress will be voting on who gets appointed but who is involved in the selection process before. Congress can remove them but not much incentive to if Congress meets once a year, taking in to account this is when first time delegates will be presented with the finance reports. It can seem a somewhat predetermined and inaccessible part of congress.

Posted by Emily Randall on 2008-08-30 15:17:17.
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