SU EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Students Unions are one of the most democratic membership organisations in the UK. Every one of them has its own structure for debating ideas and campaigns and making decisions. They are all run by students who are elected by students – and everyone can have their say!
Here are Harper Adams SU, our democratic structure is called the SU Executive Committee. It comprises of the President and Vice President who are both full-time officers of the union, together with 10 student execs, taking on particular portfolios of work whilst also continuing their studies.
Our Executive Committee meets at least once a month and produces a policy which is created from issues affecting students. These can be to do with your student life, your university and your union. Our Committee works together to run campaigns to change things for the better of your student experience and the SU community to create awareness about issues which matter to YOU.
SU EXECUTIVE REPRESENTATIVES
The SU Executive is made up of 13 elected individuals who represent all of the cohorts across the University, with the SU President acting as Chair of the SU Executive. This year's members of the SU Executive are listed below. You can click their role to view their role description or email them using the email address provided.
For mid-year vacant positions, you may put yourself forward to be co-opted in. To do this, you must attend the next SU Executive Meeting and present why you would like to stand for the position. You will then be asked to leave the room, and the members will vote. If you are interested in any vacant roles and would like to put yourself forward at the next SU Executive meeting, please email email@example.com
SU EXECUTIVE MOTIONS AND POLICY GUIDANCE
Here at HASU, the actions that are made are dictated by Student Representatives that are elected by students and dictated on student-created policies.
If you as a student want to see change for the better in your Union/University/community then we encourage you to write a motion and promote it to the SU Executive to be decided if it should be adopted as policy. A motion only becomes a policy when the SU Executive vote for it within one of the meetings.
If a proposal becomes a policy then the Union takes that as a statement of belief on the organisation on the particular issue. These policies, then placed, can then instruct representatives to carry out tasks, such as running campaigns on a particular issue.
Once a policy is made, it normally lasts for three years, and within that time the SU Executive will review them.
You can view current policies and motions including sabbatical and union council champions in the democratic policy tracking sheet HERE
As said earlier, before a policy is made, a policy proposal (motion) has to be made and submitted to the SU Executive or AGM so that it can be reviewed and considered. Every student at HA is automatically a part of the SU, and all have a right to propose a Motion.
If you feel that you have a potential policy that will benefit the students and the University/Union then send a Motion in and see what happens. Who knows- it could make a big difference.
If you want to write a motion by do not know how to write one, then click here.
WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING POLICIES ARE FOLLOWED WITHIN THE UNION?
When a policy has been approved, the SU Executive mandates and oversees the work on the policy; however the party that is responsible is the full time elected officer(s) that have been selected to ensure the policy is worked on or the Students Union Director.
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE BEFORE SU EXECUTIVE TO SUBMIT A MOTION
The majority of the time if you bring a motion of the day of the meeting a decision on it will be decided then and there. However, if there is a lot to go through on the day then it is advised that the motion is to be submitted to Union Council members 5 days in advance by emailing: