Members' Meeting

A meeting of all students will take place at 12:30 on Tuesday 04 February. The meeting will take place in EB.2.43 (Docklands) and CC.1.01 (Stratford). There will be a live video link between the rooms and students can attend either room. The meeting will last 30-45 minutes.

There are several items on the agenda. This page relates to the proposal to reform the Students' Union which was put forward by the Board of Trustees of UEL Students' Union.

When you vote on this proposal, you will be asked if you agree with the proposal to reform the Students’ Union.

- Vote YES if you support the reform proposal. If yes wins, the Board will implement the proposed changes.
- Vote NO if you do not support the reform proposal. If no wins, nothing will change.

Why are these changes being proposed?

A document outlining the reasons for the changes is available here. This should be read in conjunction with the motion text above and the Articles of Association.

Process

In autumn 2018, the Board of Trustees appointed an external expert to review the Students' Union's representation structures. The expert consulted with Students' Union student officers, staff and students and developed a list of recommendations. Students were asked for their opinions on an earlier draft of the proposal in spring 2019. The Board adopted the expert's recommendations and, on 07 October 2019, unanimously approved (i.e. every trustee agreed) a proposal to put to a referendum (vote) of student members.

Open meetings were held on 14/15/16 October 2019 where the Students' Union outlined the final proposal. Students were invited to submit amendments by 17 October 2019. No amendments were received.

A referendum of the members (i.e. all UEL students) took place between 28 and 31 October 2019. More than 1000 students voted in the referendum and the proposal received 62% support. However, it did not reach the necessary quorum of 10% of members voting (~1400 students). Therefore, the result was not binding.

Because a large majority of students supported the proposed in the referendum but it did not reach the quorum, the Board of Trustees referred the proposal to the Annual Members' Meeting on 11 December 2019. Again, the quorum was not achieved so the meeting could not proceed.

Because the quorum was not achieved at the Members' Meeting, the Board of Trustees is required to reorganise it.

Proposal

The formal proposal is to amend the Articles of Association as follows:

Article/section Proposed amendment
15.1.2 Delete
15.1.3 Delete “, or a two-thirds majority vote of the Student Council”
15.1.4 Delete “the Student Council or by”
19.1 Replace “five” with “three”
19.2 Replace “one” with “two”
21 Replace with "21. Student Trustees
21.1 Student Trustees shall be appointed by a simple majority vote of the Appointments Committee subject to ratification of each appointment by a 75% majority vote of the Executive Committee. For the avoidance of doubt, such appointment shall not take effect until it has been ratified by the Executive Committee.
21.2 Each Student Trustee must be a Student at the time of their election and for the duration of his or her term as a Student Trustee.
21.3 A Student Trustee may not be a member of the Executive Committee or an employee of the Union for the duration of his or her term as a Student Trustee.
21.4 Student Trustees shall remain in office for a term of up to one year commencing in accordance with the Bye-Laws.
21.5 Student Trustees may serve for a maximum of two terms which may either be consecutive or non-consecutive. For the avoidance of doubt, time served as a Student Trustee shall be disregarded when calculating the maximum term of office that person may serve as an Executive Officer Trustee or a Lay Trustee."
22.1 Replace “Student Council” with “Executive Committee” (two instances)
24 Delete “or the Student Council”
24.2 Replace “Student Council” with “Student Members at a Student Members’ meeting”
26.2.2 Replace “Student Council” with “Student Members at a Student Members’ meeting”
28.3 Delete “or by the Student Council”
30.2 Replace “may” with “shall”
30.2.3 Delete
30.2.4 Delete
30.2.5 Delete
30.2.6 Delete
30.2.7 Delete
32.1 Replace section with "The Executive Committee shall be established in accordance with the Bye-Laws and shall include the Executive Officers."
32.3 Replace section with “The Chief Executive shall attend meetings of the Executive Committee. The Union’s senior management team may attend meetings of the Executive Committee at the request of the Executive Committee.”
33 Insert “(“ before “Unanimous”
40.2 Replace “at least four Executive Officer Trustees” with “at least three Executive Officer Trustees or Student Trustees”
46 Delete section
47 Delete “and the Student Council” and “jointly”
51.6.3 Delete “that will include the President, the Chief Executive, two Executive Trustees, two members of Student Council and a person nominated by University of East London”
56.1.22 Delete
56.1.29 Delete “or by the Student Council” and “and Article 46 respectively”
56.1.30 Delete
56.1.36 Delete
56.1 Re-order terms and definitions in an alphabetical list
Entire document Replace all instances of “Executive Committee” with “Student Leadership Committee”
Entire document Amend all numbering errors and re-number all Articles and references to Articles according to the amendments above
Table of contents and comments Amend table of contents and comments according to the amendments above

 

Further information

If you have any queries about this proposal, please email su.elections@uel.ac.uk

Docklands (primary) office

NB.G.01 (North Building)
4-6 University Way
London
E16 2RD

T: 020 8223 7025

E: uelsu@uel.ac.uk

Stratford office

The Dome, University House
Water Lane
London
E15 4LZ

T: 020 8223 4209

Charity number: 1173994
Company number: 10820498
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