CUSU Union Development Manager resigns

  26 April 2011

Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) Union Development Manager Duncan Mann has quit his job with Cambridge University Students’ Union after just a matter of months to take up a position as Membership Services Director at University of Manchester Students’ Union.

Mann’s predecessor Paul England also lasted only months and some have questioned the value of the role, which is being re-advertised with a salary of £31-36,000, in a union as small as CUSU.

Last year, Chris Lillycrop promised to scrap the position when running for Coordinator. His manifesto was controversially redacted by CUSU when the Elections Committee removed his commitment to “stop spending money on a position we do not need, and cannot afford.”

Lillycrop, who was eventually elected, resigned following a disagreement with other Sabbatical Officers over the issue.

Lillycrop said: “I understand Duncan has given notice to CUSU in order to take up employment elsewhere.

“That seems like a good conclusion for all involved and I wish him well for the future.

“I’m no longer in a position to comment on whether the appointment of another non-student administrator is still a financially reckless decision.”

CUSU President Rahul Mansigani said: “I would like to thank Duncan, on behalf of CUSU, for all his hard work and dedication to the organisation.

“He has made a huge contribution to the development of CUSU over his time here, and his assistance to the sabbatical officers this year has been invaluable.”

James Burton – News Editor

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