We believe the Students’ Union should be open to all its members (that’s you, the students). After looking at our current structures we think we can make something better, and give you a Students’ Union where you have more of a say and more opportunities to take part.
Our current system has remained the same but built upon year on year, creating something that we feel is no longer fit for purpose. We think that now is the time for a change.
We asked you what you wanted and you told us that you want a simpler, more open, democratic, and transparent union. We’ve been busy tinkering away and we think we’ve found a way of making this happen. We now need you to ask us questions and talk it through at our Student Members Meeting before it is put to a vote.
Proposed Democratic Structure
Click on each stage below for a description of how the new system will work
Current Democratic Structure
Click on each stage below for a description of how the current system works
How do the Online Ideas work?
Any Leeds Beckett student may submit an idea through our online system and if the idea is voted up by a margin of 50, it will be discussed at the most relevant topic-based Forums, who will decide on any action to be taken.
What are Student Groups?
This is a broad term that encompasses all the student groups supported by the Students’ Union who may wish to submit ideas or get involved in the delivery of SU campaigns and initiatives, such as:
How do Topic Based Forums work?
Open to all students, who may attend, speak and vote, each Forum has a committee drawn from its core membership.
What is the Democratic Procedures Committee?
Their membership made up of Exec Officers, one representative from each Forum, and SU staff in an advisory capacity.
Where it is apparent that a proposal will affect the majority of students at Leeds Beckett, it will be referred to an online vote in which all students can participate. A minimum of 250 votes must be cast, with at least half in favour of the idea, for it to pass. Also, the Equality & Diversity Forum generally won’t send decisions to be made by an all-student vote, simply due to Equality & Diversity topics only affecting specific groups of students.