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Staffordshire University Students Union is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO 1173330)

On August 1st 2017, the Students Union transferred from being an Unincorporated Association to being a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This change, gives the Students Union "legal status" in its own right, rather than just through its trustees.

You can check out the reasoning and process for the change here

There way the Students Union is established and operates in law, is set out in its constitution, It is based on the Model CIO Constitution developed for Students Unions by BWB and approved by the Charity Commission

A copy is available to download and view here:

Draft CIO constitution 

 

Alongside the Constitution, there are a series of byelaws that have been adopted to add detail to how the Students Union conducts its affairs and is governed.

Outline of Byelaws

1

Membership & Provision for Opting Out

Explains the types of membership of the Students Union and the rights of members

2

The Executive Committee/Officer Trustees

Summarises the Terms and Conditions, accountabilities, Duties and Responsibilities or the Sabbatical Officers (Officer Trustees)

3

The Students Representative Council

Details the compositions, Duties, Role & Responsbilities, accountability, and how meetings are convened and conducted

4

Union Networks

Union Networks are defined as groups or meetings where members come together to exchange views and participate in activity, which will stimulate members’ interest and inform Students in areas of common concern

5

Better Staffs Forum

Better Staffs Forum is the main policy setting and decision making body of the Students ’ Union, and allows the membership to directly influence the Union’s priorities and to hold it to account via its elected Officers

6

Conduct of Business

Recognises the benefits of an informal approach to meetings, but provides procedural order where more structured debating of issues is required, including frameworks for order of business of meetings

7

Union Policy

Clarifies the policy making principles and authority, how it changes and how long it lasts.

8

Elections, Referenda and Petitions

 

Details how the Union membership can elect its representatives, and call for and implement changes through referral to the whole membership.

9

Union Committees

Lists the governance Committees of the Union, their composition, responsibilities and duties:

NB - Activities Executive Composition is yet to be finalised as at November 2017.

10

Members Complaints Procedure

Outlines how members can complain and the procedures that will be followed to investigate and address the complaints, and recourse where complaints aren’t satisfied internally

11

Code of Conduct for Members (Disciplinary Procedures)

Outline the expectations of members and the process for conducting member disciplinary investigation and action, and appeals procedure

12

Student Activities {DRAFT]

Defines the principles for establishing and funding student activity groups that are constituted and supported as part of the Students Union (as required by the Education Act 1994).

13

Financial Regulations

Outlines the regulations covering the control of the organisations assets and the responsibilities, accountabilities, and restrictions.  It also establishes the inter-relationship with the University as primary funder (and meets with the University Code of Conduct on the Operation of the Students Union)