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Join us for the next meeting of Student Council

The next meeting takes place on 20th May at 5.15pm and includes the NUSU Annual General Meeting.

Council Logo All students are invited to attend

What is Student Council?

Student Council is key to decision making at NUSU, and it’s where you get to help shape how your Students’ Union is run. Not only does Student Council decide some of the campaigns and events that we run and support, but it’s also where we decide you can change our policies, our constitution, or the major issues we raise to the University. You can also keep up-to-date with what your elected NUSU Officers are up to and scrutinise the work that they do.  To see what motions have been voted on in the past, or see what motions are currently in discussion, head here.

When does it take place?

Student Council takes place six times a year (and is currently operating on a virtual basis via zoom). All meetings take place on a Thursday evening and each meeting lasts for around 90 minutes. May's meeting is the last meeting of the year and will take place at 5.15pm on 20 May 2021 starting with the Annual General Meeting (see below). 

How can I take part?

Student Council is open to all students and all attendees can voice their opinions on the motions. However, to vote, you need to have a formal voting place. If you don’t currently have a voting space (These voting spaces are usually reserved for NUSU Officers or those elected by the relevant executive committees, for example, Societies Exec and Education Exec.) and would like to attend then please e-mail here to receive the Zoom joining details by 5pm on Wednesday 19th May 2021.

How can I gain a voting place?

You need to sign up for one of 20 Casual Voting. Each Student Council meeting holds 20 Casual Places which will be made available to any student who wishes to attend that particular meeting and vote. If you would like to apply for a casual place, complete the sign-up form below (you will need to log in to the website first). The deadline for applying for a Casual Place is 48 hours before each meeting, so usually the Tuesday before at 5pm. If more than 20 students register for a Casual Place, places will be allocated using a random number generator and you will be notified by email by 12 noon the day before Council to let you know if you have/haven’t been allocated a place.

if any student who has been allocated a Casual Place doesn’t turn up by the start of the meeting or there are some places unallocated, these places will be re-allocated, so always worth joining the meeting and seeing if there is a voting place up for grabs at the start.

I can’t attend but want to keep up-to-date?

Like the NUSU Your Voice Facebook page and look out for NUTV’s live stream.

Annual General Meeting

May's meeting of Student Council will also include NUSU's Annual General Meeting (AGM).  This meeting is a chance for members to receive a report from the President covering all of last year’s activities, finances and accounts; students will also have the opportunity to raise questions on any of the detail before the reports are put forward for approval. If you would like to attend the AGM and you are not a Council member or have applied for a place at May's Council then please e-mail here to receive the Zoom joining details by 5pm on Wednesday 19th May 2021.

Elections

At May's meeting of Student Council, students will also be encouraged to put themselves forward to be the 2021/22 NUSU Marginalised Genders Officer and the Ethics and Environment Rep. Click on the links for more information or email and we can go through everything with you. Please note: to be eligble to stand for Marginalised Genders Officer you must self-identify as being from a marginalised gender. 

We will also be electing to next year's Scrutiny and Steering Committee and you can find out more here.