Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) has voted through a motion to support a set of proposals that would see the number of its sabbatical officer positions significantly expanded.
The debate, attended by fewer than 30 students, marks the start of discussions that could abolish the three existing vice president positions, and see the creation of six new posts. The result is likely to be a re-assignment of existing portfolios to a number of new officer positions, giving elected students a more specific set of responsibilities.
Despite the motion passing by a considerable majority there were a number of amendments, including the proposal of incoming EUSA president Hugh Murdoch to delay the consultation process and seek a comprehensive and further wide-ranging consultation over the function of the new roles.
Murdoch stated: "This was quite a small meeting which didn't have, I don't think, the legitimacy to make a decision like that, so I put in an amendment which means this issue can come to referendum again."
Outgoing vice president (services) Max Crema proposed an amendment that would retain the current structure of the position of vice president (services), though this failed to pass. Consequently, changes could now potentially include the separation of responsibility for EUSA's commercial affairs and EUSA societies.
Existing sabbatical officers will be mandated to secure funding from the university, and to make sure that additional sabbatical officer positions are created in time for the EUSA elections in 2014.
Outgoing EUSA president James McAsh, who chaired the proceedings, defended the lack of attendance: "This meeting has largely been let down by timing and by our own constitution.
"Our constitution should be there to facilitate decision-making, not to curtail it. Due to the very bizarre structures that we have, it had to be held at a very inconvenient time for everyone."