Committees 2020/2021

COMMITTEES 2020/21

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Student Senate committees advise the Student Senate on a range of specific areas.

Standing Committees

A Student Senate Standing Committee is a permanent committee that is established by the MSU Constitution to consider a certain subject. The establishment of Standing Committees allows work to be delegated by the Student Senate, allowing for a more detailed examination of a topic than could be given to it by the Student Senate. Standing Committees can invite third parties to their meetings to discuss the topic with members. Standing Committee members have the opportunity to develop expertise in the subject their Standing Committee deals with and to interact more closely with the Executive and the student body.

The Student Senate has the following Standing Committees, namely:

  • Constitutional & Representative Review Committee
  • Executive Oversight & Accountability Committee
  • Search Committee
  • Selection Committee
  • Rules & Procedures Committee

Additional Committees

The Student Senate may also have as many other committees as it deems necessary to assist the conduct of its business, set out in Schedule 3.

The Student Senate also has the following committees, namely:

  • Levy Projects Committee
  • Commercial Activities Feedback Committee
  • Facilities & Services Feedback Committee
  • Entertainments Committee

 

  • Each Committee shall appoint from one of its number no later than at its second meeting a Deputy Chairperson. The Deputy Chairperson shall act if the Chairperson is temporarily incapacitated and shall not receive any renumeration.
     
  • A Secretary shall be appointed by each Committee to provide such technical and administrative supports as it may determine.
     
  • Each Committee shall appoint from one of its number no later than at its second meeting a Vice-Secretary. The Vice-Secretary shall act if the Secretary is temporarily incapacitated and shall not receive any renumeration.
     
  • Staff of the Union may, at the invitation of a Committee, attend for all or part of a meeting of the Committee. In additional external independent experts may be asked by a Committee to attend all or part of a Committee meeting.
     
  • Any member of a Committee shall be deemed to have resigned if they fail to attend two consecutive meetings of the Committee, without submission of their apologies in advance of the meeting to the Secretary.
     
    • The member in question may be reinstated on appeal by agreement of the Speaker of the Student Senate and the President, where such absence is caused by justifiable circumstances which have been explained to and accepted by the Speaker of the Student Senate and the President.
       
  • Except where otherwise explicitly stated, each Committee shall report back to the Student Senate after each meeting and at least once per semester.
     
  • Quorum for each committees shall be no less than 50% of those entitled to attend and vote
     
  • Decisions shall be made by consensus in the first instance, but where necessary may be made by a simple majority vote of a quorate meeting.

 

The Constitutional & Representative Review Committee (CRRC) is established by the MSU Constitution and the Student Senate to examine the Constitution so as to be in a position to advise the Student Senate of the need for any changes it deems necessary, and to review and develop the representative structures of the Union.

If you would like to contact the CRRC please contact the Secretary at student.senate@msu.ie

Membership

Membership of the committee shall be as follows, namely:

  • President
  • Deputy President
  • One past President or Vice President of the Union
  • One past Speaker of the Student Senate
  • Two Part Time Officer members of the Executive
  • Two members of the Student Senate (other than ex officio members) elected by the Student Senate
  • Two members of the Student Academic Assembly elected by the Student Academic Assembly
  • One member of the Clubs Council elected by the Clubs Council
  • One member of the Societies Council elected by the Societies Council

Chairperson

The President shall be the Chairperson of the Committee but may delegate responsibility to another member of the Committee.

frequency

The Committee shall meet at least twice per academic year, usually once per academic term, and then as often as required to carry out its function.

Quorum

Quorum should be no less than 50% of those entitled to attend and vote.

Governance

The Committee shall report back to the Student Senate after each meeting.

 

Schedule of Members for 2020-21

Membership of the committee shall be as follows, namely:

Position Name
President Kelly Rennick
Deputy President Julian Nagi
One past President or Vice President of the Union To be elected
One past Speaker of the Student Senate To be elected
One Part Time Officer member of the Executive Seán Masterson
One Part Time Officer member of the Executive Sinéad Fitzgibbon
One member of the Student Senate (other than ex officio members) elected by the Student Senate Liam Cosgrove
One member of the Student Senate (other than ex officio members) elected by the Student Senate Michaela Waters
One member of the Student Academic Assembly elected by the Student Academic Assembly Samantha Phelan
One member of the Student Academic Assembly elected by the Student Academic Assembly Michael Comer
One member of the Clubs Council elected by the Clubs Council Michael Grant
One member of the Societies Council elected by the Societies Council Ryan Lynch

 

The Executive Oversight & Accountability Committee (EOAC) is established by the MSU Constitution and the Student Senate to have a major oversight and monitoring role in relation to the activities of the members of the Executive and in scrutinising the priorities and performance of members of the Executive in relation to their manifesto pledges, annual plan of work, and mandates.

If you would like to contact this EOAC please contact the Secretary at student.senate@msu.ie

Membership

Membership of the committee shall be as follows, namely:

  • Four members of the Student Senate who were directly elected to the Student Senate
  • One member of the Arts, Celtic Studies, & Philosophy Faculty Assembly who is also a member of the Student Senate
  • One member of the Social Sciences Faculty Assembly who is also a member of the Student Senate
  • One member of the Sciences & Engineering Faculty Assembly who is also a member of the Student Senate
  • One member of the Clubs Council who is also a member of the Student Senate
  • One member of the Societies Council who is also a member of the Student Senate
  • One member of the Welfare & Equality Forum who is also a member of the Student Senate
  • One member of the Postgraduate Panel of the Student Senate
  • A maximum of five members of the Student Senate (with the exception of ex-oficio members), who are approved on a first come first serve basis from when the committee's documents are circulated to the members of the Student Senate

Chairperson

The Speaker of MSU Student Senate shall be the Chairperson of the Committee but may delegate responsibility to another member of the Committee.

frequency

The Committee shall meet six times in regular session (academic year), normally with three meetings per session (semester), and then as often as required to carry out its function.

Quorum

Quorum for the meeting shall be 9 members.

Governance

The Committee shall report back to the Student Senate after each meeting.

 

Schedule of Members for 2020-21

Position Name
Member who was directly elected to the Student Senate Liam Cosgrove
Member who was directly elected to the Student Senate Niall Daly
Member who was directly elected to the Student Senate Michaela Waters
Member who was directly elected to the Student Senate Gavin Fanning
Member Arts, Celtic Studies, & Philosophy Faculty Assembly who is also a member of the Student Senate To be elected
Member Social Sciences Faculty Assembly who is also a member of the Student Senate Aoife Murray
Member of the Sciences & Engineering Faculty Assembly who is also a member of the Student Senate Alexandra McKenna
Member of the Clubs Council who is also a member of the Student Senate Seán Keane
Member of the Societies Council who is also a member of the Student Senate David Dyksy
Welfare & Equality Forum who is also a member of Student Senate Kealan Hilley
Member of the Postgraduate Panel of Student Senate To be elected

 

The Search Committee (SerCom) is established by the MSU Constitution and the Student Senate to participate in the manner set oout below in the procedures for an appointment to the post of Speaker of the Student Senate.

  • The function of the Search Committee shall be to take such steps as will in its opinion best ensure participation in the selection process by high quality candidates for the post of Speaker of the Student Senate. It will arrange for the post to be advertised in such form and in such publications as the Search Committee may consider to be appropriate. The Search Committee may retain on behalf of Maynooth Students' Union any one or more providers of such professional services as it considers to be appropriate.
     
  • The Search Committee shall carry out its function subject to any directions of the Student Senate from time to time provided that, unless and save to the extent that the Student Senate otherwise directs, the acts of the Search Committee shall not be subject to confirmation by the Student Senate.

If you would like to contact this SerCom please contact the Secretary at student.senate@msu.ie

Membership

Membership of the Search Committee and Selection Committee shall be mutaully exclusive. Membership of the committee shall be as follows, namely:

  • One past Speaker of the Student Senate
  • Two members of the Student Senate elected by the Student Senate

Chairperson

The past Speaker of MSU Student Senate shall be the Chairperson of the Committee but may delegate responsibility to another member of the Committee.

frequency

The Committee shall meet at least once per academic year, and then as often as required to carry out its function.

Quorum

Quorum should be no less than 50% of those entitled to attend and vote.

Governance

The Committee shall report back to the Student Senate after each meeting.

Schedule of Members for 2020-21

Position Name
Past Speaker of the Student Senate To be elected
Member of the Student Senate To be elected
Member of the Student Senate To be elected

 

The Selection Committee (SelCom) is established by the MSU Constitution and the Student Senate to participate in the manner set out below in the procedure for an appointment to the post of Speaker of the Student Senate.

  • The function of the Selection Committee shall be to make a report in writing to the Student Senate proposing to the Student Senate the candidate (if any) for the post of Speaker of Student Senate that the Selection Committee considers to be the most suitable for such post or, if the Selection Committee is of the opinion that an offer of appointment should not be made to any candidate, stating such opinion. Before making any such proposal the Selection Committee shall obtain the consent of the candidate to his or her being proposed as a candidate for the post of Speaker of MSU Student Senate as aforesaid. For the purposes of carrying out its function the Selection Committee shall:

    • Consider all applications received for the post of Speaker of the Student Senate; shall shortlist candidate(s) for interview; and carry out one or more interviews of the shortlisted candidate(s) if deemed necessary and may engage in such other selection procedures as it shall consider appropriate.

    • The Selection Committee shall carry out its function subject to any directions of the MSU Student Senate from time to time provided that, unless and save to the extent that the MSU Student Senate otherwise directs, the acts of the Selection Committee shall not be subject to confirmation by the MSU Student Senate.

    • The Chairperson of the Selection Committee shall have a casting vote in the event of an equality of votes on any issue before the Selection Committee.

If you would like to contact this SelCom please contact the Secretary at student.senate@msu.ie

Membership

Membership of the Search Committee and Selection Committee shall be mutually exclusive. Membership of the committee shall be as follows, namely:

  • Four members of the Student Senate elected by the Student Senate
  • Secretary to MSU Student Senate

Chairperson

The Secretary to Student Senate shall be the Chairperson of the Committee but may delegate responsibility to another member of the Committee.

The Chairperson shall act in an independent capacity.

frequency

The Committee shall meet at least once per academic year, and then as often as required to carry out its function.

Quorum

Quorum should be no less than 50% of those entitled to attend and vote.

Governance

The Committee shall report back to the Student Senate after each meeting.

Schedule of Members for 2020-21

Position Name
Member of the Student Senate Niall Daly
Member of the Student Senate To be elected
Member of the Student Senate To be elected
Member of the Student Senate To be elected

 

The Rules & Procedures Committee (RPC) is established by the MSU Constitution and the Student Senate to consider matters of procedure generally and to recommend any additions or amendments to Standing Orders that may be deemed necessary and to oversee the procedure in Standing, Select and Special Committees (as the case may be), whether by request from the relevant Committee or otherwise, and to examine, where appropriate, the role of Committees as they evolve.

If you would like to contact this RPC please contact the Secretary at student.senate@msu.ie

Membership

Membership of the committee shall be as follows, namely:

  • President
  • Secretary to the Executive
  • Speaker of the Student Senate
  • Secretary to the Constitutional & Representative Review Committee
  • Chairperson of the Student Academic Assembly
  • Chairperson of the Clubs Council & Societies Council
  • Two other members of the Student Senate elected by the Student Senate

Chairperson

The Committee shall appoint from its number a Chairperson.

frequency

The Committee shall meet as and when necessary.

Quorum

Quorum should be no less than 50% of those entitled to attend and vote.

Governance

The Committee shall report back to the Student Senate after each meeting.

Schedule of Members for 2020-21

Position Name
President Kelly Rennick
Secretary to the Executive Julian Nagi
Speaker of the Student Senate Gavan McLaughlin
Secretary to the Student Senate Liam Cosgrove
Secretary to the CRRC Sinéad Fitzgibbon
Chair of the Student Academic Assembly Julian Nagi
Chair of the Clubs Council & Societies Council Bukky Adebowale
Student Senate Member Craig McGabhann
Student Senate Member Gavin Fanning

 

The Levy Projects Committee (LPC) is established by the Student Senate to monitor the progress and development of projects funded through the student levy.

If you would like to contact this LPC please contact the Secretary at student.senate@msu.ie

Membership

Membership of the committee shall be as follows, namely:

  • President
  • Two members of senior staff management of the Union nominated by the President
  • Four members of the Student Senate elected by the Student Senate

Chairperson

The President shall be the Chairperson of the Committee but may delegate responsibility to another member of the Committee.

Frequency

The Committee shall meet on at least four occasions per academic year, normally two meetings per semester, and then as often as required to carry out its function.

Quorum

Quorum should be no less than 50% of those entitled to attend and vote.

Governance

The Committee shall report back to the Student Senate after each meeting.

 

Schedule of Members for 2020-21

Position Name
President Kelly Rennick
Senior Staff Member Sandra Byrne
Senior Staff Member Dillon Grace
Student Senate Member Michaela Waters
Student Senate Member Aaron Thornton
Student Senate Member Gavin Fanning
Student Senate Member David Dyksy

 

The Commercial Activities Feedback Committee (CAFC) is established by the Student Senate to advise and provide student feedback in relation to the Unions commercial activities.

If you would like to contact this CAFC please contact the Secretary at student.senate@msu.ie

Membership

Membership of the committee shall be as follows, namely:

  • President
  • Two members of senior staff management of the Union nominated by the President
  • Four members of the Student Senate elected by the Student Senate

Chairperson

The President shall be the Chairperson of the Committee but may delegate responsibility to another member of the Committee.

Frequency

The Committee shall meet on at least four occasions per academic year, normally two meetings per semester, and then as often as required to carry out its function.

Quorum

Quorum should be no less than 50% of those entitled to attend and vote.

Governance

The Committee shall report back to the Student Senate after each meeting.

 

Schedule of Members for 2020-21

Position Name
President Kelly Rennick
Senior Staff Member Sandra Byrne
Senior Staff Member Colin Maher
Member of Student Senate Michelle Corr
Member of Student Senate David Dyksy
Member of Student Senate Gavin Fanning
Member of Student Senate Niall Daly

 

The Facilities & Services Feedback Committee (FSFC) is established by the Student Senate to advise and provide student feedback in relation to the Unions facilities and services.

If you would like to contact this FSFC please contact the Secretary at student.senate@msu.ie

Membership

Membership of the committee shall be as follows, namely:

  • President
  • Two members of senior staff management of the Union nominated by the President
  • Four members of the Student Senate elected by the Student Senate

Chairperson

The President shall be the Chairperson of the Committee but may delegate responsibility to another member of the Committee.

Frequency

The Committee shall meet on at least four occasions per academic year, normally two meetings per semester, and then as often as required to carry out its function.

Quorum

Quorum should be no less than 50% of those entitled to attend and vote.

Governance

The Committee shall report back to the Student Senate after each meeting.

Schedule of Members for 2020-21

Position Name
President Kelly Rennick
Senior Staff Member Sandra Byrne
Senior Staff Member Colin Maher
Member of Student Senate Luke Buckley
Member of Student Senate David Dyksy
Member of Student Senate Gavin Fanning
Member of Student Senate Michaela Waters

 

The Entertainments Committee (EntCom) is established by the Student Senate to plan, promote, and assist with and at all Union social and entertainment events.

If you would like to contact this EntCom please contact the Secretary at student.senate@msu.ie

Membership

Membership of the committee shall be as follows, namely:

  • President (Chairperson)
  • Vice President Student Life
  • Two members of the Student Senate, elected by the Student Senate
  • Two members of the Student Academic Assembly, elected by the Academic Assembly
  • One member of the Clubs Council, elected by the Clubs Council
  • One member of the Societies Council, elected by the Societies Council

frequency

The Committee shall meet as often as necessary and a minimum of every three weeks during term time.

Quorum

Quorum should be no less than 50% of those entitled to attend and vote.

Governance

The Committee shall report back to the Student Senate after each meeting.

Schedule of Members for 2020-21

Position Name
President Kelly Rennick
VP Student Life Bukky Adebowale
Student Senate Member Anna Travers
Student Senate Member Aaron Thornton
Academic Assembly Member Carrie O'Neill
Academic Assembly Member Alexandra McKenna
Clubs Council Member Robert McCabe
Societies Council Member Ryan Lynch

 

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