Durham Students' Union is a democratic organisation which exists to represent the views and opinions of the students of Durham University in order to ensure that you are getting the most out of your Durham experience.
The Union is a student-led organisation which means students decide how it is run. The main tools for doing just this are:
Assembly is the highest democratic body in the Union and has the final say on policy. It directs the work of the Student Officers, the committees and the Union in general. Assembly is made up of 44 elected representatives drawn from all major student groups, be it academic reps, societies, common rooms, DUCK or media. They are your representatives and are there to work for you. For more information contact the Union Rep in your college, faculty rep in your department or society rep.
Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) and Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM): These meetings are held at least on an annual basis and present an opportunity for all students to come together to have a say in the running of the Union. The Union’s accounts are presented at the AMM, and all of the part-time officers are elected at the EGM. Policy can also be discussed at these meetings.
Referenda: A referendum is when a motion is put to an online ballot in which every single member is entitled to a vote. In recent years referenda have ranged from the banal with votes on NUS affiliation and HE funding to the obviously controversial with the question of whether or not to boycott Israeli goods.
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments about anything to do with Durham Students' Union or your life as a student please feel to get in touch with one of our student officers.