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"Ever since I first became involved in the students association I've been banging on about how we can use the technology available to us to give access to enable far more students to participate in our organisation. Yes, OUSA was quick to see the value of e conferencing for students to network socially and that has been a real success story for us. However, OUSA has been much slower to grasp how the technology could be harnessed to transform our organisation making it much more available and relevant to our huge student body. I am genuinely thrilled to be the OUSA President who will get to give OUSA Conference the chance to create that organisation. I want us to build an association fit for a student body and a world that are very different from the ones in which our organisation was created. I know from the work put into this project, not only by my fellow Executive Committee ( E C ) members but also by large numbers of students beyond the E C and our staff, that many share this vision. Let's go for it." Roz Evans, OUSA President.
Since Conference 2010, lots of work has been going on to make sure that we can now deliver the kind of organisation that student delegates voted for. The E C has drafted a formal Constitution designed to meet the twin objectives of satisfying the new legal requirements of the Charities Act whilst providing the framework for OUSA's new organisational form. That is currently open for consultation with members alongside a related consultation on the Association Officer roles within the new organisation. These consultations are taking place within Forums in OUSA's FirstClass suite. Meanwhile, a number of Regions and Nations are making full use of the authority given to them by Conference to trial the new forms of organisation and election procedures. Scotland was first out of the starting blocks and already has its new Assembly and Assembly Executive up and running.
Wales and others are following Scotland's lead. Conference 2011 will be the setting for the biggest milestone yet when it is asked to adopt the new, formal Constitution which, if all goes well, will see OUSA born anew as a 21st Century organisation. To try to make sure we have everything right by then, the President intends to run another 'Futures Briefing Session' in January on a similar basis to the one held in 2010. Students will be invited from all Regions and Nations with the intention of getting a real mix of geography and experience - from those who've been involved in OUSA for some time, to those who are quite new, to those who are finding out about us for the first time - so if you're interested there's a good chance that you'll be able to join us. The most likely weekend will be 15/16 January 2011 but we'll confirm as soon as we’re able.