To put it simply, we believe that every student at the University of Suffolk should have an awesome experience. We're a charity led by your Student Officers and we want to make sure that we give you the knowledge to shape, mould and develop your experience at the University of Suffolk. We deliver your sports, societies, events and much more whilst you work hard and play harder at University. We're funded largely by the University, however, we will always remain independent and on your side. Join us on our journey to build the best SU run by students for students.
This is your SU and you own it.
We provide the framework you decide the outcome
This short guide to how we work, will blow your mind.
You elect your Student Officers, to fight, campaign and improve your university experience on your behalf. You also elect Course representives each year to sit on Student Council, who hold those Officers you elect accountable and to make sure everything is on track.
Student Council is the body of students that debate and put forward motions to improve campus life however big or small. It's tracked and acted upon by your elected Officers to lobby the University to make change and achieve their manifestos. The Officers also report everything they do to Student Council within the boundaries of the Rule Book set by the Council itself. This is like our golden book to make sure we run elections fairly. If you want to find out more information, check out Shape your SU or speak to your lovely Course Rep.
Your Trustee board
The Trustee board is made up of eight members, your two full time Elected Reps, President and Vice-President, two student Trustees and four external professionals. They check to make sure that our Golden rule book is working and also make sure we are legal and financially secure. They do all the top level work so that your SU Staff can provide the awesome services you see day to day.
Our Rule Books
Policy is debated on by Student Council and is passed in the form of 'motions'. These cool little documents outline what the SU is going to do to improve/change or act upon something at University. They are passed at Council by a simple majority and set as our policy for three years, which can always be extended of course. Your By-Laws can also be found here, which outline how we create awesome elections, Democratic Procedures and what your Officers should be doing day to day.
Your SU Staff
The Staff at the SU are people that thrive on making your lives better. They want to provide the services to make sure you have the best time possible at University. They are completed neutral within the realms of Democracy and Student politics, however, they will always point you in the right direction of your lovely elected officers. The staff provide the continuity to the services (Sport, Societies, Events etc) while your Officers campaign and improve your experience at University more generally.
This is who we are and this is what we do. Our aim to provide an incredible experience for you at University.
Want to know more about how we do it and how you can get involved? Pop into your SU building, next to the library or email Su.Admin@uos.ac.uk