All about AGMs

Find out what happens at the AGM and how you can get involved.

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What is an AGM? AGM stands for Annual General Meeting and all students are invited to hear about and question the Union’s performance in the last academic year from its Trustee Board, plus propose new policies and vote on changes to the Union's Standing Orders.

What kind of policy changes have happened through AGMs previously?

  • Introduced Student-Led Services as a student group alongside Societies and Sports Clubs - to ensure student groups such as RAG, Phantom, Volunteering & Enterprise get the support they need??
  • Created a combined Activities Pass designed to save you money if you wish to be part of a Society and a Sports Club ??
  • Changed Post-Graduate Research Representation structure to ensure appropriate representation of PGR students, separate to undergraduate students  ??
  • Added Commuter Student Officer and Apprenticeships Officer to representation structures to ensure the voices of these cohorts are heard??

How do I get involved?

As a student, you can submit your own proposals which will be voted on at the AGM. We encourage you to chat to our Student Voice Manager Stephanie, or one of the Vice Presidents before submitting. They will be able to read through your proposal to ensure it cannot be misconstrued or misinterpreted, as the proposal cannot be amended after it has been voted on the AGM.

All students are invited to come along and get involved in the debates around each proposal and vote. If you cannot attend the event in person, it is also accessible via Teams so you can join the AGM virtually. There will also be the option to vote by proxy, details of which will be confirmed closer to the event.

Why should I vote?

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.

Visit our AGM page to find out more, see the meeting agenda, and download the policy proposal template.


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