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SU Governance 


The structure of a Students' Union differs to a 'typical' organisation but fundamentally we are here for our students:

Led by Students

Students lead the Students' Union by their voice and their vote. They vote for their Student Officers to represent them on their behalf in the Annual Elections in March of every year. The Student Officers run on a manifesto and lead the services and direction of the Students' Union for their one year term, making a positive change that students want to see.


We want students to have the final say on any decision, including being able to hold their officers to account. That's why we have Student Council, a body of Course Reps and elected students to hold their officers to account and pass SU policy on the behalf of their course.

Trustee Board

The SU is headed by 4 Student Trustees and 4 External Trustees. The Four Student Trustee is comprised of the two full-time sabbatical officers and two student trustees who are approved by Student Council. The external trustees are recruited to bring their own expertise and experience to the Board. They are also appointed in the same way as our Student Trustees, through Student Union Council. We currently have a vacancy for an External Trustee.


Our Strategy

Our Strategy was researched, designed and now implemented with student consultation. We identified the following themes by working with our students to shape our service provisions for them.

University of Suffolk Students' Union Strategic Plan 2018-2020

University of Suffolk Students' Union 'The Plan' 2018-2020

Our Rule Books


Bye-Law Number Name Passed Review Date
0 Memorandum and Articles of Association August 2007  /
1 Democratic Procedures November 2017 November 2020
2 Code of Conduct at Union Meetings November 2017 November 2020
3 Student Officer Job Descriptions  November 2017 November 2020
4 Trustees and Executive's Code of Conduct  February 2019 February 2022
5 Members Code of Conduct February 2019 February 2022
6 Disciplinary Procedures  December 2015 December 2018
7 Trustee Board May 2018 May 2021
8 Staff and Officers Working Together  May 2018 May 2021


Operational Policy / Operating Plans / Regulations

Operation Policy are Policies passed by the Management Committee of the Students' Union on the behalf of the Trustee Board. It sets out the way in which the SU operates in its services and its responsibilities to students. These documents are reviewed annually and can be amended through the correct process by the Full-Time Officers. 

  Name Passed Review Date
1 Financial Procedures & Regulations February 2018 February 2019

Code of Practice

The Code of Practice sets out the University of Suffolk and Students' Union approach to Part II of the Education Act 1994. This Document places a range of responsibilities on the governing bodies of University institutions in regard to the organisation of Students' Unions. in particular, the governing body shall prepare and issue, and when necessary revise, a code of practice as to the manner in which certain requirements of the Act are carried into effect.

Code of Practice 

Freedom of Speech 

This Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech sets out the University of Suffolk and Students' Union approach to freedom of speech for the benefit of the Institution's students, staff and external visitors.