Everything the Union does is guided by and has to be in line with our Articles of Association (our Constitution), and Bye-Laws,. In these documents you can find guidelines and rules about everything from clubs and societies to our Trustee Board.
If you think that we should be doing things differently, you can suggest changes to the Articles of Association and Bye-laws through Union Council or by organising a campaign to hold a Referendum.
The Articles deal with the core constitutional structure: they map out governance. The Bye-Laws deal with process: things like how our elections are run, rules of conduct at meetings and our equality and diversity commitments.
Because we are a big and complex organisation, the rules have to be detailed and thorough. If you have any questions or do not understand any of them, please call in and see us: any member of the Officer team will be able to help you. If you cannot come in to Union House contact Tony, your Governance and Democracy Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Union is member-led, so it’s really important that our members are happy with all of these governing documents and understand them.
You can find a copy of the present Articles of Association here . Some amendment to the Articles were passed by Council on 2 February and are pendin approval by the Charity Commission and Companies House, you can find the amended Articles here You can find a copy of the Bye-Laws here