Senate is the highest decision making body in the Students Union. It takes place 6 times and makes decisions about what the Students' Union should believe and take action on.
It is made up of 75 elected students and an additional 20 students who are randomly selected to discuss, debate and vote on policies and holds the Executive Officers of the organisation to account.
Students who are not elected to be on Senate can also participate and debate on the policies that are up for discussion.
Senate Dates 2018-19
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What is Senate?
Senate is responsible for representing students, helping determine the policies of the Students’ Union and holding democratically elected representatives to account. Essentially, Senate makes decisions about what the Students' Union should believe and take action on.
The Senate has the power to:
- Amend the Students' Union Bye-Laws, provided any such decision is approved by a 2/3 majority and the Trustees;
- Propose amendments to the Articles of Association to the AGM, provided such amendments are approved by a 2/3 majority;
- Request, receive and approve reports and minutes from Officers, its Committees or any other part of the Students’ Union’s democratic structures;
- Request and receive reports from the Trustee Board or any of its Committees;
- Enact policy on behalf of the Students’ Union and its members;
- Call for a referendum on any matter;
- Declare an opinion on any matter;
- Censure or dismiss (‘no confidence’) any Officer of the Union, provided any such decision is approved by a 2/3 majority;
- Do anything else as may be jointly agreed with the Trustees.
- The Students' Union Exec Team (8 Officers)
- 2 x Undergraduate (UG) Officers for each of the 3 Faculties
- 1 x Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Officer for each of the 3 Faculties
- 1 x Postgraduate Research (PGR) Officer for each of the 3 Faculties
- 2 x BME Students' Officers
- 2 x Women Students' Officers
- 2 x LGBQ+ Students' Officers
- 2 x Trans Students' Officers
- 2 x Disabled Students' Officers
- 2 x International Students' Officer
- 1 x Ethical & Environmental Officer
- 6 x Student Community Officers
- 2 x Widening Participation Students' Officers
- 1 x Student Parents Officer
- 1 x Student Carers Officer
- 1 x Part-Time Students Officer
- 1 x Mature Students Officer
- 1 x D istance-Learner Students Officer
- 1 x Living at Home Students Officer
- Members of the Activities Committee
- The Chair (or equivalent) of each of the Residents’ Associations and JCRs
- A panel of 20 students randomly selected to be representative of the general student population according to directions set by Steering Committee.
Who can attend Senate?
As a Students' Union, it's important that only our registered students are able to participate in our democratic structures. As such, the constitution restricts attendance to the following people:
- Any registered student who is a member of the Students' Union may attend or speak at Senate meetings
- A staff member of the Students’ Union shall be appointed as the Senate Secretary
- Staff members of the Students’ Union may be invited by the Chair or another member of the Senate to address a meeting to explain or clarify a point of fact
- Steering Committee may invite persons external to the Students’ Union to give speeches at any Senate meeting, provided that the relevant regulations regarding visiting speakers are complied with
- Membership of the Senate held by representatives of organisations or bodies may be filled by any member of the Committee of that organisation or body, or by any other person duly authorised to be their representative at a Senate meeting