We are student-led
Your Students' Union is the representative body for all Lancaster University students and our direction and ideas are led by our student members. Our Executive Committee of elected student leaders manages the policy and projects of the Students' Union, and through our annual campus elections every member has the opportunity to elect their own student leaders to represent every aspect of university life, from academic reps to sports club committees and the President and Vice Presidents.
We hold elections in Week 8 of Michaelmas and Lent Terms, so keep an eye out for your opportunities to get involved.
Our ideas systems allow you to have your ideas heard, considered and (if other students approve) implemented. Our constitution guarantees that ideas submitted by students will be considered - and will be put into action if they're practical and are what the rest of our members want.
How does that work then?
You can help us change for the better by submitting your ideas to us. You can also see ideas submitted by other students - and vote for your favourites!
Each year in October, we hold an Annual General Meeting where we present our Trustees Report and Annual Accounts for the previous 12 months. These are meetings which any student member can attend. You’ll be able to hear what Officers have been doing on your behalf and what your new Full Time Officer Team will be striving to achieve for students over the year. You'll be able to meet the Student Executive team who lead the Union and our Trustees and ask questions about the Union’s projects finances, plans, projects and performance.
We will also provide details of what the Union spent its money on, why we did it and what impact it had. We'll be sharing what we have planned for the next twelve months based on feedback from students across campus. This is a great opportunity to ask questions or hear more about the Union’s work.
In February, there’ll be a second General Meeting where members will be able to hear what we’ve accomplished via our impact report. There will also be reports from our Student Scrutiny Panels to enable you to see what your Officers have achieved against their manifesto pledges and projects, policy that you have passed and any joint initiatives with the University, to improve your student experience.
General Meetings also include discussion items about issues which will affect large numbers of our student members and where it's important that there is a strong student debate. If meetings are quorate (the number of members in the room is high enough), the position of the Union on an issue can be set by its members.