There are 3 groups that oversee the running of the Students' Union, ensuring it remains relevant and student led.
The Officers' Committee consists of two full time paid officers (The President and Vice-President) and five part-time unpaid officers. All of these officers are elected by the students each March during the Annual Elections; you can find more information about the current officers and how to get in touch here.
The Officers' Committee meets every 2 weeks to update each other on progress in different campaigns or debate motions submitted by students wanting to change something. If you want to submit a motion or have something you would like the officers to consider or discuss one of the 4 representative groups is your way to do that. The officers also feed back from the different representative groups they sit on (Academic Council, Campus Life, Sports & Society Committee and Equality & Diversity Forum).
Because the officers are elected by the students, it is important to hold them to account. This means attending meetings, asking questions and challenging them.
You can also contact the officers directly via the link above.
As a charity, the Students’ Union has a Board of Trustees to oversee the management, strategic, and administrative side of everything we do. The Board of Trustees is made up of the full time officers, one part-time officer, 3 students and 3 external trustees from a wide range of areas. Keep an eye out at the beginning of the academic year if you want to be on the Board of Trustees, we will be advertising any vacancies here.
We also have an Annual General Meeting (AGM) every year. This is open to all students and is your chance to hear about the work we’ve done over the past year and ideas for the next, as well as voting on big changes to the Students' Union for example changing the amount of elected officers.
The Students’ Union is also affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS), which represents students at a nationwide level by running campaigns on issues that affect students across Scotland & the UK.
There are 4 representative groups for students to feed directly into specific areas of the Students Unions work, each led by members of the Officers' Committee.
Each group meets at least once a semester to discuss relevant issues and make suggestions to the Officers' Committee for any relevant work to be done. Officers take discussions to the Officers' Committee meetings to influence SU activities, campaigns and decision making.
On occasion there will be themed groups and specific topics relevant to different groups of students, keep an eye on this page and Facebook to keep up to date with the themes.
The representative groups are:
Academic Council, Campus Life Forum, Equality & Diversity Forum, President and Captain Forum.
QMU Students' Union Constitution
If you wish to view a copy of the QMUSU Constitution, please find a link below:
The Academic Council exists to better support Class Reps and to enable better communication between students, the Students’ Union, and the University. Academic Council meets 4 times a year, and is chaired by the Student President.
It gives Class Reps a chance to hear about any news and updates regarding the teaching and learning experience at QMU. The Academic Council is also an opportunity to get extra support or advice from peers and the Students’ Union.
Class Reps can raise issues with the Student President that they think affect students across the university, as well as helping each other resolve course specific issues and share examples of successes on their course.
The dates for the Academic Council are:
Tuesday 15th October 2019 12.15-1.15pm Room 3091
Monday 11th November 2019 12.15-1.15pm Room 3092
Monday 3rd February 2020 12.15-1.15pm Room 2092
Thursday 12th March 2020 12.15-1.15pm Room 3092
Campus Life Forum
This forum is open to all students interested in discussing and campaigning on issues affecting facilities and activities on campus, with particular effort made to engage students in halls. If for example you have a great idea for facilities or want more vegetarian options in 1875 this is the place!
The Campus Life Forum is chaired by the Vice-President and information will be fed back into the Officers' Committee.
The dates for Campus Life Forum are:
Tuesday 1st October 12.15-1.15pm
Thursday 13th February 12.15-1.15pm
All held in 1875, look out for the officers stall.
This forum is open to all students interested in discussing and campaigning on issues related to equality and diversity. The forum encourages and support subgroups relevant to different liberation positions (as defined by NUS; Women, LGBT+, Disabled and Black students) but also other minority or underrepresented groups within the University.
Equality & Diversity Forum is chaired by the Student President and feedback is brought to the Officers' Committee and shapes the work of the President.
Meeting dates for Equality & Diversity are:
Monday 28th October 2019 12.15pm-1.15pm
Thursday 30th January 2020 12.15pm-1.15pm
All held in 1875, look out for the officers stall.
This forum consists of Presidents and Captains of Sports Clubs & Societies, who use it as a place to discuss issues affecting Sports & Societies.
The Presidents and Captains Forum is chaired by the Vice-President and information and feedback from this group will form the work of the Vice-President while also feeding into the Officers' Committee.
Meeting dates for Presidents and Captains Forum are:
Tuesday 5th November 2019 12.15-1.15pm Room 2090
Tuesday 25th February 2020 12.15-1.15pm Room 3090