In October 2019, we commissioned an independent student governance expert to review (but not limited to) the student leadership structure, support and accountability at the Students’ Guild. This review looked at the officers that represent students and how the governance structures are formed to represent the wider membership.
Following the Officer Review, there have been several recommendations which have impacted some of the positions which are usually up for election in the upcoming Student Elections.
As a result of this review, and to allow the Students’ Guild to implement its recommendations, the Student Elections (nominations opening Monday 13 January, 09:00) will cover: 5 Full-Time Officer roles, 4 Student Trustees, 6 College Officers and all Subject Chairs.
Based on the recommendations of this review, a complete and thorough review of the Guild’s representational structure, leadership roles and governance will be launched, and we look forward to a new structure being ready for election in the October elections.
We understand that this news may be disappointing to students planning on running for one of the roles now not up for election, for example a Deputy Vice-President role. However, the review clearly shows that there is work to be done to ensure all students are being represented as best as possible and reflects the priorities of the student body, as well as safeguarding the wellbeing of future candidates (and office-holders). This work will ensure that elected student leaders are given the best possible chance to succeed in their role.
For more information about the Student Elections, check out our website from Monday. Further developments on our governing structure and consultation will be going to the Guild’s Trustee Board in February to approve the next steps and move forwards this process.