The Student Summit

What is The Student Summit?

As your Students’ Union, we are committed to making sure everything we do is as representative and as student-led as possible. 

The Student Summit is your space to let us know about your experiences and what big issues you feel need fixing! You will also get the chance to find out what your elected representatives have been up to since being elected into post and asking them questions to make sure we are representing your best interests. 

The Student Summit (Also known as the Student Members Meeting or SMM and the Annual General Meeting or AGM) can be found in our bye laws

Click here for previous minutes

Just because this semester's Student Summits are over, it does not mean the conversations are! Below is the link to our Q&A page where we answer questions that were asked before, during and after the Student Summit.

Click here for the Q&A page

How do I get involved?

There are many different ways to get involved! You can come along and have your voice heard! The next Student Summit meeting will be Wednesday 9th November (Cambridge) and Thursday 10th November (Chelmsford)

Click here for the Cambridge Student Summit

Click here for the Chelmsford Student Summit

 

You can also stand to be the student chair of The Student Summit! At the first meeting of the academic year a ballot will be administrated by the Deputy Returning Officer or a nominee. Candidates will be given an opportunity to share why they would like to be the studetns chair prior to the vote taking place. The succesful candidate will then be offered training and will take post from the 2nd Student Summit meeting.

You can find published minutes from previous Group Chats/Student Summits here.
 

Interested in submitting policy?

Policy is a representative or political direction for the Union. Student Members may submit policy ideas to the Democracy Coordinator at least 21 days prior to the April Student Summit. Students will be contacted to discuss their idea.

Contact Fraser Luther-Yarwood at f.luther-yarwood@angliastudent.com for more information. 

Policy ideas will be raised at the SMM for discussion by Student Members and actions will be allocated for the development of the policy idea into a policy proposal. Actions may include further student consultation, research and proposal writing. Click here for the policy template.

Student Members and the Trustee Board may submit policy proposals for consideration by SMM at least 21 days prior to the final SMM of the academic year. Policy proposals will be included for discussion at the SMM. Voting will take place online following the closure of the meeting for at least 48 hours. All Student Members have the right to vote.

Click here for current policy

 

Want to know how you can hold your elected officers to account?

At all SMMs there will be an opportunity for Executive Committee members to be held to account for their work.

Full Time members of the Executive Committee will provide an update report on work they have done and future plans, at least 14 days prior to the SMM for circulation to all students. This may include circulation by email and social media and via the website

Part Time members of the Executive Committee will be given the opportunity to address the SMM and provide verbal updates.

The SMM will also receive a written summary of Executive Committee activity based on the minutes of Executive Committee meetings and confirmed by the Chair of the Executive Committee.

Students will have the opportunity to raise questions relating to the Executive Committee reports and updates during the SMM, which will be recorded in the minutes. This may include requests to change a section of a report or the direction of future work.

Student members will be asked to accept the reports once questions are completed by ‘show of hands’

Click here to see the Executive Committee

Should a student member wish to raise a motion of censure against a member of the Executive Committee for not fulfilling the work of the Student Members without good reason, a statement and evidence should be submitted in writing to the Deputy Returning Officer (e.howes@angliastudent.com) at least 14 days prior to The Student Summit. 

The Executive Committee member to be censured will be notified of the censure motion at least 10 days prior to The Student Summit. The member concerned will be given the opportunity to respond to the motion during The Student Summit. This will be followed by a ballot; Student Members will be asked to approve or decline the motion of censure.

So, want to be a Group Chat student chair and lead the meeting? 

There will be an elected Chair of Student Members Meetings (also known as SMM / The Group Chat) at each of the Core campuses; Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough. Requests for expressions of interest will be advertised for at least a 14 day period before the first SMM and candidates will be contacted to discuss the opportunity. A paper ballot election will take place in the room during first SMM of the year. The ballot will be administrated by the Deputy Returning Officer or a nominee. Candidates will be given an opportunity to address the SMM on their home campus for 2 minutes prior to balloting. The elected Chair will undertake their role on the day of election and will chair SSM held on their campus until the election of a new Chair.

Interested in submitting policy?

Policy is a representative or political direction for the Union. Student Members may submit policy ideas to the Democracy Coordinator at least 21 days prior to the SMM. Students will be contacted to discuss their idea. Policy ideas will be raised at the SMM for discussion by Student Members and actions will be allocated for the development of the policy idea into a policy proposal. Actions may include further student consultation, research and proposal writing. Student Members and the Trustee Board may submit policy proposals for consideration by SMM at least 14 days prior to the final SMM of the academic year. Policy proposals will be included for discussion at the SMM. Voting will take place online following the closure of the meeting for at least 48 hours. All Student Members have the right to vote. Minutes of the SMM will be made available to all students via the website: www.angliastudent.com

Want to know how you can hold your elected officers to account?

At all SMM there will be an opportunity for Executive Committee members to be held to account for their work. Full Time members of the Executive Committee will provide an update report on work they have done and future plans, at least 14 days prior to the SMM for circulation to all students. This may include circulation by email and social media and via the website www.angliastudent.com Reports may take the form of a video or written update. Part Time members of the Executive Committee will be given the opportunity to address the SMM and provide verbal updates. The SMM will also receive a written summary of Executive Committee activity based on the minutes of Executive Committee meetings and confirmed by the Chair of the Executive Committee. Students will have the opportunity to raise questions relating to the Executive Committee reports and updates during the SMM, which will be recorded in the minutes. This may include requests to change a section of a report or the direction of future work. Student members will be asked to accept the reports once questions are completed by ‘show of hands’ Should a student member wish to raise a motion of censure against a member of the Executive Committee for not fulfilling the work of the Student Members without good reason, a statement and evidence should be submitted in writing to the Deputy Returning Officer at least 14 days prior to the SMM. The Executive Committee member to be censured will be notified of the censure motion at least 10 days prior to SMM. The member concerned will be given the opportunity to respond to the motion during the SMM. This will be followed by a paper ballot; Student Members will be asked to approve or decline the motion of censure. Minutes of the SMM will be made available to all students via the website: www.angliastudent.com