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the University of Manchester Students' Union should change the way it funds, supports and rewards Societies.

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A student named Sarah has suggested that the current system for funding, supporting and rewarding Societies is inadequate. She feels that the current STARS system rewards societies for non-active members and on the basis of names on a sheet, rather than impact and achievement, and that it disadvantages part time and mature students with compulsary training sessions conceived around the idea of full time undergrads with plenty of time on campus.

Sarah feels that the system should be changed to find a way to reward societies for their achievements  (students engaged with, events run, students it supports even if they're not members) and thattraining should be able to be accessed online with more flexibility to take into account the needs of students with less time on campus, and in a way that recognises the real world training and skills mature students often bring with them.

Please sign below if you support what Sarah is saying and owuld like the Students' Union to work on her idea.


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