How We're Run

How We're Run





The SU is a democratically run organisation. This means all your representatives are elected. Your President and Vice President represent the student body, but they don't do this alone. Course Reps represent individual courses, School Officers represent the different schools, Campus Officers represent the campuses and Liberation Officers represent specific groups of people within the student body.  You can find out more about your reps, or how to become one, here.




This is the main decision-making body of the Students' Union where all course reps and student officers are members, although all students can attend and observe. Here you will find out what the elected officer team are working on and the latest updates from them. you will have the power to put forward, discuss and vote on new ideas or campaigns that the students' union will adopt.  In this forum, you will be representing thousands of students and seek to improve their experiences at the University of Suffolk.

Student Council is chaired by a member of council elected in their first meeting of the academic year (find out more about the chair here), and the Democratic Procedures Committee advises Council on issues of governance. 

The Union holds a special Annual General Meeting once a year, usually in April, where all students can attend and vote. 

Past Meetings:

Wednesday 30th October 2019, A001, 13:00-15:00

Please see the Minutes for Wednesday 30th October 2019, A001, 13:00-15:00 here. 

Please see the Action Record for Wednesday 30th October 2019, A001, 13:00-15:00 here. 

Wednesday 20th November 2019, A001, 13:00-15:00

Please see the Minutes for Wednesday 20th November 2019, A001, 13:00-15:00 here.

Please see the Action Record for Wednesday 20th November 2019, A001, 13:00-15:00 here.

Wednesday 11th December 2019, A001, 13:00 -15:00

      Please see the Action Record for Wednesday 20th November 2019, A001, 13:00-15:00 here.

   Please see agenda for this meeting here.

Upcoming meetings:

Wednesday 26th February 2020, A001, 13:00 -15:00

Wednesday 25th March 2020, A001, 12:00 -14:00

(AGM) Wednesday 29th April 2020, A001, 13:00 -15:00

If you're an elected rep and want to submit a motion to council, you can do so here. 


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. 

Minutes of previous trustee meetings can be found here. 


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


The bye-laws and Articles of Association set out the rules on how we run as an organisation, and what different powers and responsibilites various student groups and representatives have. These can be reformed by the Trustees, by Student Council or by an Annual General Meeting (see above). 

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.