How it all Works

At our core we're a democratic organisation, we elect students to determine what we do and how we go about doing it. To make this work fairly and effectively we have our governance structures – Elections, Officers, Summit, the Constitution, and the Standing orders. Alongside the Trustee Board these all work together to make sure we're doing the best we can for our members.

Students are involved in every aspect of our governance, either as participants or as change-makers. This way we ensure that what our membership wants is what we are doing (and how we are doing it).

Because what's important to us, is you.

The ideas forum

Any student may submit an idea for change through the Ideas Forum. Simply submit your Idea about what you want to change, and why, on the website for discussion. Ideas will remain live on the site for six months for upvoting purposes, before being removed and archived. If the idea reaches 25 votes it will be taken to the Executive Committee.

Any idea that passes at Executive Committee relating to an operational concern will automatically be actioned by the Officer Trustees, and any ideas that impact upon the wider welfare or educational interests of students will be sent to the Union’s Student Summit for students to vote on.

Student Summit

Summit is a biannual meeting where a minimum of 21 students come together to make decisions on behalf of students at Derby. These students are based on a combination of your elected Student Officers and Reps, plus any student who would like to attend.

During the meeting the participants discuss decisions that need to be made and ultimately make a vote on it. The outcome of the vote determines what the Union will do on that topic going forward. This means that every major decision the Union makes is always led by our students.

Governance Documents

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