Our Governance & Trustees

Legal Structure

University of Suffolk Students’ Union is a registered charity (1153426). Our registered office is at Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ.                                                                     

All students of the University of Suffolk  automatically become members of the Union unless they opt out of membership.

The Union’s governing documents are the memorandum and articles of association and the bye-laws. Details of The Union’s Board of Trustees can be found below.

Suffolk Union Services Limited

The Union owns a subsidiary company called Suffolk Union Services Limited (registered in England and Wales; registered number 7316145; registered office at Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ) which operates the Union’s trading interests. The company’s Board of Directors consists of 3 members:

 President (Education & Engagement),  Vice-President (Rights & Activities) and the Chief Executive.

Trustee Board

The Trustee Board is the body that oversees the operations of the Students' Union. It sets the long term strategies for the organisation and ensures the SU is fulfilling its purpose: to represent the students. The Trustee Board is made up of the President and Vice President of the SU, as well as two students appointed by Union Council. There are also four non-student trustees who donate their time and bring specific expertise and experience to the Board meetings.

The Trustee Board also:

  • Oversee the SU's finances
  • Uphold the SU's mission and values
  • Uphold the law and oversee the operations and management


The democratic structure sets the policy for which the SU operates. It guides the work of the Students' Union, elects the Executive Team and other Student Officers and passes policy that sets how the Union's work is carried out.

We have:

Referenda - Referendums where all students can vote on a single issue. Referenda may be called on any issue by:

  • A resolution of the Trustees;
  • A majority vote of the Student Council; or
  • A secure petition signed by at least 5% of the Student Members

AGM'S / Student Members' Meetings

At least once an Academic Year. The annual Student Members' Meeting (or AGM Annual General Meeting) shall sit above Union Council. The duties of a General Meeting are to change existing SU Policy or to implement new policy, receive the annual accounts for the previous financial year and approve the list of affiliations of the SU. 

Union Council

 Makes policy, scrutinises work of the Executive Committee and is the main policy making body for the SU.

Union Council shall have the Authority to:

  • Represent the voice of the Students
  • Make, repeal and amend the Bye-Laws jointly with the Trustees
  • Set the policy of the SU

HE Voice Forums

Similar to Union Council but are specific to the Learning Network Colleges; Bury St Edmunds Campus, Great Yarmouth Campus and Lowestoft Campus. This is where Course Reps make Decisions and create policy for their own campus needs and issues.

Exec Team

The 'Executive Committee' or Student Executive Team is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the SU's policies relating to representation, support and student activities. The members are the Full-Time Sabbatical Officers (President and Vice-President) and the Part-Time Student Officers of the SU.


Memorandum and Articles of Association


Bye Laws

Elections Bye Law

Members Code of Conduct Bye Law

Trustees and Executive's Code of Conduct Bye Law

Disciplinary Procedures Bye Law