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Society Democracy


Beds SU Democracy is currently under review!

Beds SU will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) at 1.30pm on Wednesday 16th October in the G101, Luton Campus, to propose key changes to the way that students have their say in Beds SU.

The main changes proposed are designed to give students a louder voice in the University and include, most notably:

  1. Introduction of a Union Parliament - Union Parliament will bring together your elected representatives from across the Union (Exec Officers, Society Committee, Student Voice Champions...) once a month to:
    1. provide updates to the membership (that's you!) and receive questions on their work i.e. are they meeting their manifesto pledges?
    2. set the direction of the Union's work by making and voting on policies proposed by our members i.e. should the Union join the Climate Strike?
  2. Establishment of Liberation Networks - Liberation Networks will advance the representation of student communities that are widely acknowledged to experience (or have historically experienced) oppression, exclusion or disadvantage. These groups will bring together students who self-identify under these categories to propose and seek change within the University, the Union and the wider student world. The proposal suggests we start with Networks for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Students, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Plus (LGBT+) Students, and Students with Disabilities.

Although changes may be afoot, union democratic meetings will still have the following purpose for society committee members;

  • To provide information and updates to societies; 
  • To note society affiliations, suspensions; 
  • To hear and rule on appeals to society suspensions and disaffiliations
  • To receive a report from the Vice President Union Development on progress against their manifesto; 
  • To provide a forum where committees can question the Vice-President Union Development.