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Okay... But what is the Student Council?

Are you interested in making changes to ARU and your community, but have no idea what the Student Council is? Read this article!

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The Student Council is the ARU Students’ Union decision making and policy setting meeting. This year it will be held on the 25th of April, in either MAB221 (Chelmsford), LAB026 (Cambridge), or GUI204 (Peterborough), 5pm – 8pm.


What decisions can be made, and what policies can be implemented?

If there is an international, national, or local campaign that you feel strongly about and want more support for, this is where you can get ARU Students’ Union to stand behind you and your ideas.


Examples of policies that can be put forward are:

  • To combat sexual harrassment
  • To get ARU Students’ Union and the University to pay the living wage
  • To work on maintaining or reducing accommodation costs

And many, many more.


What is a policy?

Decision making and policies can get confused, especially as a policy often makes a decision. Both decision making and policies present the ‘collective voice’ of the members of ARU Students’ Union. But a policy is different, in that it calls for action to be taken.


Decision making and policies actively affects ARU Students’ Union. It can also mean we lobby the University and external organisations, from the National Rail to Tesco.


Union Notes

Here, we lay out the facts and what we already know.


Union Believes

This section shows what we believe, and often shows why the policy is being put forward.


Union Resolves

Here is where we say what we will resolve to do for you if the policy is passed.


Come join us!

Even though in our first Student Council only Club and Society committee members and Reps have voting rights, coming along gives you the power to sway their decision.


Every single ARU Students’ Union member (yes, the whole 20,000+ of you!) has the right to come to the Student Council, and to have your voice, opinions and concerns heard.


It is our job to help and support you through any decision making or policies you want! You can submit your ideas here.


We look forward to seeing what policies you submit, and seeing you at the Student Council meeting!


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