Managing a guild department or even being part of a club or FacSoc is a big role to take on. Many students commit to these roles and bear the responsibility of leading a team to develop projects aimed at the UWA community. Having a leadership role presents challenges. Miscommunications, lack of organisation, and time management can be the downfall of many committees. Uni students have busy lives with unexpected complications, but does that excuse them from not committing to the roles they voluntarily decided to take on?
Amid the recent launch of the UDUB Radio, problems within the internal committee have been brought to light. Since it started, six people have stepped down from participating in the project. Many of them have stated that they felt excluded by the executives in charge. Meeting times were not established ahead of time, the meeting minutes were not available, and important information was not communicated properly or at all to them even when they asked for it.
It is relevant to note that starting a radio station can have many hurdles. Applying for a licence, identifying a frequency, and copyright matters are no easy feat. However, students involved with the radio claim that this could have been communicated to them, and meetings planned with time to distribute the work evenly could have made the project launch faster.
The Student Guild has given its position on this matter. In the August council meeting, a motion that recognises the work done, by the OGC in charge of the station, was passed.
It is important to note the article is not questioning whether or not UDUB Radio has been successful or not, instead, it is raising questions on how internal organisation could be improved.
Overall, this suggests that some Guild executive leaders are perhaps in need of some sort of support to manage their teamwork, communication, and organisation skills. A leadership position is important for any project or department to work. If we do not acknowledge the inefficiency of our leaders in a constructive way, then we cannot expect progress to occur.
Pelican reached out to a representative of UDUB Radio for comment but did not receive an answer.