Sabbatical Resigns

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Simon Protheroe, VP Winchester and Sites, has stepped down from his position due to “health problems” and “a significant amount of outstanding coursework”.

In a statement made on the SUSU website, Simon said that his role – a full-time paid position at the top of the union – “demands a substantial commitment. Therefore I feel this is the best thing to do for both me personally and the Union.”

“I’ve really enjoyed my time working as part of the sabbatical team, but on-going health problems have unfortunately made it difficult for me to fulfil my sabb officer duties while managing a significant amount of outstanding coursework to complete my degree.”

Simon obtained his role in one of the closest-fought elections in SUSU history in March, beating fellow candidate Joe Ellis by 1% after a dramatic turnaround due to the alternative voting system.

Responding to Simon’s resignation, Union President Sam Ling said that he fully supported his colleague’s “difficult decision”.

I would like to thank him for his efforts over the last couple of months,” said Sam.

“I would also like to reassure all of our students on sites that we will be working hard to ensure the same level of support is provided as we continue to develop provision for sites.

Sam said that Winchester Survival Day on Friday will not be in jeopardy.

He said: “Two members of the Sabbatical team will be based in the Winchester Union on both Thursday and Friday this week to meet with students and support the event which will offer a wide range of stalls and activities throughout the day.”

It remains to be seen how SUSU will fill the gap left by Simon’s departure.

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