As a membership-led organisation, it’s important that students know exactly how the Union runs, and through this, how to get involved. We are governed by a Constitution, which sets out the rules and processes behind everything that we do.
Although we’re funded in large by part the University of Huddersfield, and are located on the campus, we’re also a completely autonomous organisation. This ensures that we remain entirely focussed on our members with one purpose in mind: to make student life better.
First and foremost, students are at the heart of everything that we do. They sit out on our Student Council, which determines our campaigning and political priorities. They make up 50% of our Trustee Board, which is legally responsible for hiring the staff team and making sure the Union remains financially viable. They deliver most of our services through our large student staff team. And they have the power to shape everything the Union does through our Executive Committee, AGMs and referenda. More information about this is given below.
This might sound slightly complicated, but it simply means that the group of individuals legally responsible for making sure the Students’ Union operates effectively is our Board of Trustees.
Like a number of other Students’ Unions in the UK, we’re also a registered charity. This means that: