The Students' Union is a democratic organisation: You vote for your representatives in the Union elections; your representatives vote on Union policy at Student Council; and once a year we all get together to vote on the big decisions at the Annual General Meeting. Students can also change Union policy by proposing and voting in referenda.
You can find a little bit more information about our democratic processes and how you can have your say below.
The Union holds elections so that you can choose the people that will speak and act on your behalf. Every Bath Spa student can vote for or stand as an Officer in our annual elections. You can also vote for representatives of specific groups you may fit into – such as your course, your residence, or your gender identity.
Democracy and Scrutiny Committee is made up of student representatives who develop the policy of the Union and hold the Sabbatical officers to account on behalf of students.
The Board of Trustees oversees the work of the Union - including our financial and legal obligations. It makes sure that Bath Spa is well run, that it has enough money to provide the services students want and that we are on track with our strategy. The Board is formed of 8 elected student officers and 4 external trustees who provide useful expertise.
Every year the Union invites all its members to an Annual General Meeting where you can have your say on the work the Trustees have been doing. You can also vote on Union policy and whether we should be affiliated to the National Union of Students.
On extremely important or contentious issues, the Union may hold a referendum. This is a vote open to all Union members through which you can decide the policy of the Union.