The referendum has concluded and the result has been counted. In total 2656 people voted, a turnout of 14.1%. The results were as follows:
Do you accept the changes to the Articles of Governance?
Agree: 2527 (95.1%)
Against: 129 (4.9%)
This motion was deemed to be CARRIED.
- The size of the Board of Trustees to be increased from 9 to 13 Trustees (6 Officers and 7 Independent Trustees).
- Students to be allowed to become Independent Trustees on the Board.
- Bye-law 1 Membership to be merged into the Articles of Governance.
- Bye-law 3 and regulation 3 Elections to be merged into the Articles of Governance.
- Bye-law 5 and regulation 5 Referendum to be merged into the Articles of Governance.
- Parts of Bye-law 6 and regulation 6 Trustee roles and responsibilities to be merged into the Articles of Governance.
- Bye-law 7 Board of Trustees Committees to be merged into the Articles of Governance.
- Bye-law 8 Appeals to be merged into the Articles of Governance.
- Existing content to be re-written in a language intended to be more user friendly and understandable.
Thank you to all the students who formally inputted into our article changes and suggested amendments. It is great to see students invested within our governance and have helped The SU refine our articles. The Governance Committee has looked at all the changes proposed and has written a response, which can be found below.
Friday 8 February
Notice of Referendum, proposed governance changes to be published and opening of alternative proposals
Thursday 14 February 13:15
Opportunity to debate changes 3E 2.4
Monday 18 February 09:00
Close of alternative proposals
Tuesday 19 February 12:00
Final question and finalised changes with amendments published
Saturday 23 February
Online campaigning begins
Monday 25 February
Physical campaigning begins
Tuesday 26 February 14:15
Tuesday 12 March 14:15
Tuesday 12 March 16:00
The need for governance exists anytime a group of people come together to accomplish an end.
Governance determines who has power, who makes decisions, how others can make their voice heard and how those who make decisions can be held to account.
The SU has a Board of Trustees comprised of six elected Officers and three appointed Independent Trustees.
They are legally responsible for the management and administration of The SU and holding Senior Management to account.
Senior Management are responsible for the operational day to day running of The SU.
Elected Officers are responsible for representing Student Members both within The SU and it's dealings with the University.
Student Members have the power to hold Officers and Trustees to account through their right to remove them by a vote of no confidence.
They can also make their voice heard in The SU through particepating in elections, student votes, referendums, student group committees, area general meetings and speaking with their Officers.
The SU is a Charity and by law must have a constitution. Within The SU this is referred to as the Articles of Governance.
The Articles of Governance is the framework that determines who has power, who makes decisions, how others can make their voice heard and how those who make decisions can be held to account.
In accordance with the Education Act 1994 the Articles of Governance must be reviewed at least every five years by The SU and the University Council.
Current Articles of Governance
Revised Articles of Governance
Broadly speaking there are two reasons for proposing these changes:
The first reason is to increase the Board of Trustees abillity to challenge and hold Officers to account for the work they do within The SU.
This is done by increasing the number of Independent Trustees on the Board.
The second reason is to reduce and simplify The SU governance.
There exists in addition to the Articles of Governance 19 other governing documents.
These are the Bye-laws and regulations which are rules on how to carry out a specific procedure in The SU.
The changes proposed will allow The SU to remove 9 of these additional governing documents.
It will also allow for further work to be carried out to reduce and simplify the remaining 10 governing documents.
The changes being proposed have been the work of the Governance committee which is a committee comprised of all the elected Officers.
This committee met several times over the last semester to discuss and agree what changes should be proposed. Minutes of those meetings can be found here.
These proposed changes were then further approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting in December.