The Students' Union's constitution is our most important governing document that sets out how the Students' Union operates. It is split into two key sections.
The Articles are around 14 pages long, and deal with the key principles behind how the Students' Union operates. To change it, an amendment must be passed by students, the trustees of the Students’ Union, the College via its College Council, and finally the Charity Commission must then confirm the changes.
The byelaws provide more detail on specific areas of the Students’ Union, and deal with some operational issues. Byelaws may be amended by a joint resolution by referenda and the agreement of Board. The Board of Trustees may also, exceptionally, amend the Byelaws on its own authority, provided that a resolution to do so is approved by a two-thirds majority vote, and supported by at least two Full-time Officer Trustees, two Student Trustees, and two External Trustees.
In addition to this, there are a number of other documents that govern how the Students' Union operates, which the College are required to have. They do not form part of the Constitution, but are provided here for ease of reference. Please note the Memorandum of Cooperation is a management document and does not form part of the governance structure.
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