Union of UEA Students
|Institution||University of East Anglia|
|Location||Union House, University of East Anglia|
|Affiliations||National Union of Students|
Holly Staynor, Yinbo Yu, Chris Jarvis, Connor Rand, Liam McCafferty
The Union of UEA Students is the students' union of the University of East Anglia. All students of the university and some INTO UEA students automatically become members of the Union, but do have the right to opt out of membership. Membership confers the ability to take part in the Union's activities such as Clubs and Societies, and being involved in the democratic processes of the Union. The Union is a democratic organisation run by its members via an elected student officer committee and student council. It is affiliated to the National Union of Students. The Union follows its constitution and its policies. in order to fulfill its purpose 'to enrich the life of every UEA student.'
The Union Council, whose members are elected student representatives from each year of every school of the University and the clubs and societies of the Union, in addition to the student officer committee, meets a minimum of eight times a year and sets the policy of the Union and confirms the actions of the Student Officer Committee. The decisions of the Union Council may only be overturned by a ballot of all members of the Union, or by the Union's trustee board in the case of certain decisions, normally where the legal implications are more serious.
The decisions of the Union Council may only be overturned by a ballot of all members of the union. A referendum may be called by the Student Officer Committee, by the Union Council, or by a petition of 500 members (1/30 of the membership). The question must be balanced and is approved by Union Council. Every member may vote in a referendum - a straightforward majority will set new policy for the union. Policy passed by referendum cannot be overturned except by another referendum, although as with all union policy it is considered lapsed after two academic years. A referendum can be called for any reason, not only in response to a decision of the Union Council.
Student Officer Committee (SOC)
The members of the Union elect annually a Student Officer Committee of five full-time sabbatical officers and thirteen non-sabbatical officers. The Union does not currently have a post of "President" on the Student Officer Committee.
Student Officer Committee 2015/16:
- Undergraduate Education Officer (FT) :- Connor Rand
- Postgraduate Education Officer (FT) :- Liam McCafferty
- Campaigns and Democracy Officer (FT) :- Chris Jarvis
- Activities and Opportunities Officer (FT) :- Yinbo Yu
- Welfare, Community and Diversity Officer (FT) :- Holly Staynor
- Environment Officer :- Sam Jones
- Ethical Issues Officer :- Alex MCcloskey
- Non-Portfolio Officer:- Tom Etheridge
- Non-Portfolio Officer:- Jack Robinson
- Non-Portfolio Officer:- Philippa Costello
- Non-Portfolio Officer:- Cameron Mellows
- Ethnic Minorities Officer :- Hussan Oweis
- International Officer :- Ting Ni
- LGBT+ Officer :- Theo Antoniou-Phillips
- Mature Students' Officer :- Paul Erasmus
- President of the Graduate Students' Association :- David Hall
- Students with Disabilities Officer :- Aaron Hood
- Women's Officer :- Bethany Smith
The full-time officers meet all year round in a Management Committee to decide on day-to-day operational matters relating to the Union and its subsidiary companies (these officers also serving as four of the six directors of those companies). The Student Officer Committee meets during the university semesters and is responsible for ensuring the policy of the Union (as defined by the Union Council or policy ballot) is adhered to. It also controls the campaigns budget of the Union, which in 2010/11 was in excess of 17,000.
The Union campaigns on a wide range of issues, as directed by the democratic processes. Recent campaigns have included actions on free education for all, transport and a change to the graduation venue.
The Union has four autonomous liberations campaigns, black and ethnic minorities, disabled, LGBT and women's. These are each led by a campaign convenor who is elected by self defining students.
In December 2010, the Union Council decided that The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail and would now only be sold under the counter in Union owned shops in response to their name and shame campaign of seemingly random students at the Millbank Student Protests. The Daily Express was added to the list by accident.
In late 2013, the union council voted to hold a campus-wide referendum asking students whether they wanted Blurred Lines banned from campus. The referendum resulted in a 75% no vote, one of few unions not to ban the song from its campus.
The Union provides a professional advice centre, and funding for clubs and societies. In addition to this, a key function of the Union is to be an independent expert voice of students, and as such provides and supports representation of its members on University Committees.
Led by the academic officer, the Union supports 399 student representatives (2010/11) to help represent their course mates to the University on issues relating to education and the student experience.
The officers are supported in this task by faculty convenors. There is one convenor for each faculty who is recruited and appointed by the Union, and is responsible to the Union, but gains a bursary from the University for their service, and to ensure that anyone who wants to run isn't dis-incentivised by the amount of time they would have to invest in the role.
The Union provides a professional advice centre that is available for all UEA students free of charge. The advice workers can provide help and support in many areas of student life. They often deal with academic appeals, financial problems, welfare issues such as accommodation on campus, a housing bureau which includes a tenancy agreement checking service, and personal issues.
The Union runs around 60 Sports clubs. over 350,000 is spent on sport by the Union every year and this is supplemented by around 100,000 a year from the fee that a student pays for Sports Association Membership. this membership is a once per year membership of 30 which entitles the member access to any of the Unions' Clubs, who will then charge a membership fee starting from 5, and pays for things like training, coaching, affiliation to BUCS and insurance for the member. The University Sportspark provides facilities for UEA Sports Clubs in line with its Community Usage agreement.
Notable Unions clubs include University of East Anglia Boat Club.
The Union runs and supports over 110 societies on a huge range of issues, hobbies and interests. access to societies is currently free, but societies charge an individual membership fee starting from £3 per academic year.
The Union welcomes new clubs and societies when they fulfil a need for students, and are not replicating what is already provided by an existing club or society. All clubs and Societies are run by elected students, and have a committee that will at least consist of a president, secretary, treasurer and Union Council Representative. There are also Sports and Societies Councils where the Union delegates a great deal of power over spending of the relevant budgets to the presidents of those clubs and societies.
This year the Union set up and successfully ran the first year of Union Volunteers, and accredited 80 volunteers. The scheme is a programme to try and reward all the volunteers who already work in the Union. With over 1500 club and society committee members, 399 student reps, an average of about 75 Union Councillors, part-time student officers and currently unknown amount of other volunteering, the Union hopes to develop this hugely in 11/12.
Peer Support Groups
- UEA Chronic
- UEA Pride (LGBT support group)
- Mental Wealth
The Union operates many of the services open to all members of the university community and the general public on the university campus in Norwich including:
- The Shop
- The Union Travel Shop and Box Office
- The Union Pub & Bar
- The Hive
- The LCR
- The Waterfront, a gig venue/club in Norwich city centre
The Union of UEA Students is "Not for profit, just for students" and as such all profit which is gained from these commercial venues goes straight back into the Union for use on services and activities such as Clubs and socs or the advice centre.
- "Constitution of the Union of UEA Students".
- "Policies of the Union of UEA Students".