How it works at your Students' Union

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About Democracy and Elections

The University of Nottingham Students’ Union is run by you, our members. Every member has a right to have a say in how we are run, by proposing and voting on Union Policy and by electing officers as full time representatives to carry out these policies on your behalf. Policy is an idea to create change that has been voted on and passed at a Union Council meeting.

We keep our most up to date information about Elections and referenda on our Elections pages - there's a big button further down that you can follow to find out more, or just click here. Alternatively, pop us an e-mail at And, for any future democractic updates or to find out what else we have going on around the Student Voice, follow us on Twitter at @UoNSUMakeChange!

Have Your Say

If there's something you want to change, there are lots of different ways that you can have your say. You can take ideas, motions and policies to Union Council, Democratic Procedures Committee, or petition to call a referendum.

Officers are held accountable at a public meeting called Scrutiny Panel. All students are welcome to come and ask Officers their own questions at this meeting.

If you're really interested in how it all works, you can see the Union bye-laws and governance documents here.

Upcoming Democratic Key Dates:

DPC #3 Motions Deadline 30/04/20 13:00  
DPC #3 14/05/20 17:30-19:30 C10 Teaching and Learning Building
Scrutiny Panel #4 - Presentation Only 09/06/20 17:30-19:30 C15 Teaching & Learning Building

For key dates and times for our current Elections Period, click the 'Current Elections and Referenda Information' button below.

Scrutiny Panel Agendas, Meetings and Reports

Union Council Agendas, Meetings and Reports

Democratic Procedures Committee Agendas, Meetings and Reports