Democratic Procedures Committee

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Democratic Procedures Committee

The Democratic Procedures Committee, consisting of nine students and three officers, is responsible for discussing and voting on motions submitted by students which seek to change, clarify or update the governing documents of the Students' Union.

These documents are anything from the bye-laws (a document which explains how the Students' Union should run) to approving the constitutions of societies and student groups.

Their work focuses on ensuring that the wording of these documents which outline processes and procedures are very clear and unambiguous, and also ensuring that any decisions to change these have the will of students either through consultation, or within student groups their own democratic processes.

Democratic Procedures Committee Members

  • Jake Brown (Chair)

    Ellie Sergeant

    Zach Wolfson

    Lewis Boulton

    Maria Orsini

    Thomas Leach

    Katie Leach

    Flora Maier

    Matt Bramley


Democratic Procedures Committee Meeting Dates 2016/17

Meetings for this academic year will be held as follows:

  • 1st Meeting - 6th December 2016, 5:30-7:30pm, A45 Sir Clive Granger, University Park Campus.
  • 2nd Meeting - 16th February 2017, 5:30-7:30pm, LG11 Trent Building, University Park Campus.
  • 3rd Meeting - 31st March 2017, 5:30-7:30pm, D138 Portland Building, University Park Campus.
  • 4th Meeting - 11th May 2017, 5:30-7:30pm, LG9, Trent Building, University Park Campus.

Please note that this is a provisional timetable for the year 2016/17 and maybe subject to change.

Any questions about the dates please contact a member of the Representation Development Team.

What would a motion to the Democratic Procedures Committee need to cover?

Any student can submit a motion to the Democratic Procedures Committee.

Like a motion to Union Council the motion should cover the following:

  • 1. Why you are proposing the idea
  • 2. What the motion is asking the Students' Union to be mandated to do
  • 3. What evidence you have to back up your idea
  • 4. Who supports your idea / who you have consulted with about it.
  • 5. A document must be submitted that shows an edited version of the bylaws or constitution you are submitting complete with strike throughs and clearly marked additions, if appropriate.

If you need any guidance and support on any of the above, including how to submit your motion, get in touch with a member of the Representation Development Team.

See DPC Minutes, Agendas and Reports

Testimonies from DPC Members

At the end of the day I joined DPC to get out of my comfort zone and learn new analytical ways of thinking. Beforehand I knew nothing about DPC but the experience has been only positive. If you’re on the fence, trust me, you should get involved. The workload really isn’t much, and plenty of time/support is given for necessary reading to be fitted around your studies. The DPC experience will only bring you positives!Elliott Denham, Postgraduate Officer (2015/16)
I felt that scrutinising the referendum quorum reform was an interesting moment. It made me realise how important some of the changes to these bye-laws are in influencing SU policy. I didn't particularly agree with the rationale behind implementing the new policy so I challenged the proposer a few times, and in the end we came to an agreement that we'd give it a conditional trial run. It felt good to have that influential input.Alfie Cranmer, Year 3, Law