This year it has been decided by the Nottingham University Trustee Board that the Student Summer Party will no longer be a Student Run Service (SRS). This decision was made in the aftermath of the £70,000 loss incurred by last year’s Summer Party. The decision has dismayed many students involved with the Summer Party Exec, with Ben Ingram, Former Summer Party Coordinator, saying, “I, and my predecessors, do have issues with the way in which this has been approached, which has been quite closed. We need to make sure it carries on with as much involvement from students as possible”. Although the decision had already been officially made, the Student Council voted on the motion as a formality. 58 members voted in favour of the removal of the Summer Party as a student run service, and only one vote was placed against the motion.
The majority argued that after the fiasco of last year’s party, when only half those expected turned up, it would be common sense to hand over the power and responsibility of organising the Summer Party to a non-student, professional organisation. However there is still room for dispute. Student involvement should be integral for any student event, not only to encourage student participation and limit student apathy but also to ensure the event is aimed at student ideals and desires.
Thankfully student involvement has not been entirely cut off – although students will have no control over finance, they will still be able to contribute through their choice of bands at the event as well as designs and marketing.