Guild president stands down from Welsh National Executive Committee

Guild of Students president Ben Meakin has today resigned from the NUS Wales National Executive Committee (WNEC) amidst allegations of misconduct following the annual Women’s Superteams sporting event last weekend. Meakin was pictured in The Academy pub in Aberystwyth apparently competing in a drinking game while a female student simulated a lewd act on him, some hours after the event had finished on Sunday night. Meakin, standing for re-election on 7th-8th March, issued the following statement this morning:

“I sincerely regret my participation in the social event held outside the Guild after our Superteams day. I compromised my role as Guild president. This morning, I resigned as a member of the NUS Wales National Executive Committee. My actions go against the fantastic work of the women’s liberation movement, which I fully support. Personally, I am a strong advocate for the women’s movement. This is clear through my work banning the event Carnage coming to the Guild this year. I have learned from this experience and plan to carry on my work here at Aberystwyth University.”

Meakin’s actions were denounced today in an online statement by NUS Wales Women’s Officer Stephanie Lloyd, who is also currently campaigning for election as NUS Wales President. Lloyd stated that “I have never, and will never, condone the type of events in which Ben participated.”

The female student involved called the simulation “absolutely laughable”, before pointing out that all involved in the celebrations were consenting adults and nobody was compelled to take part. It has also been pointed out by the Guild of Students that the revelries were not a formal or compulsory part of the popular Superteams event.

The seat will remain empty until the new election at NUS Wales Conference. The new member of the NUS Wales National Executive Committee will then take up post in July.

The WNEC brings together elected representatives from across NUS Wales’ different groups to ensure that the organisation is fulfilling the policy mandates. Those policy mandates are decided at NUS Wales Conference. (See the conference website for more details: http://bit.ly/za1VTd) The Committee also sets the emergency policy, resolves conflicts and prioritises the work and resources of the organisation.

  • Correction: an earlier edition of this article claimed Stephanie Lloyd was running for re-election as NUS Wales Women’s Officer. She is running for NUS Wales President.