Leeds Beckett Students' Union

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Leeds Beckett Students' Union
Institution Leeds Beckett University
Location City Campus and Headingley Campus
Established 1970
President President: Meg Robinson
Vice presidents VP Education: Jack Harrison,
VP Activities: Aidan Thatcher,
VP Welfare: Kelly-Anne Watson,
VP Equality & Diversity: Ro Sewell
Trustees Chair: Carolyn Black
Vice Chair: TBC
Members 32,020[1]
Affiliations National Union of Students of the United Kingdom, British Universities and Colleges Sport
Website www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk

Leeds Beckett Students' Union (formerly Leeds Met Students' Union) is the university-wide representative body for students at Leeds Beckett University, England. It exists to represent Leeds Beckett students in University decision-making, to act as the voice of students in the national higher education policy debate, and to provide direct services to the student body. In 2012, it was voted the second best Students' Union in the city of Leeds and 39th nationally. In 2016 it was voted 6th best SU in the country.[2]

The Executive Committee[edit]

The executive committee of Leeds Beckett Students' Union carries out the decisions of the Board of Trustees, General Meetings and Student Council. The committee is composed of the full-time officers, each covering a specific area of the running of the Union and of the student experience.

Full-time Officers[edit]

Year SU President AP Education AP Welfare & Equality AP Development & Community AP Democracy & Comms Athletic Union President
2007/08 Jodie Tumelty Brian Summerson Alice Cudworth Jaqueline McNee Jo Piddington Niki Bird
Year SU President AP Education & Representation AP Welfare & Campaigns AP Activities & Community Athletic Union President
2008/09 Lewis Coakley Will Watson Vicki Baars Ben McDougall - Niki Bird
Year SU President AP Education AP Community Wellbeing AP Development AP Diversity Athletic Union President
2009/10 Lewis Coakley Will Watson Liam Challenger Ben McDougall Vicki Baars Matt Bergh
2010/11 Liam Challenger Carley Birkin Jo Johnson Megan Taylor Jawanza Ipyana James Perry
2011/12 Yasser Rhanja Tashi Thornley Jo Johnson Jon Clough Jawanza Ipyana Lewis Wildridge
Year SU President VP Education VP Welfare VP Activities
2012/13 David Alcorn Tashi Thornley Mia Tamarin Channing Brankin
2013/14 Millie Cooper Ollie Richardson Megan Kearney Chloe Coles
2014/15 Jay Malpass-Clark Saffron Rose Amy Waine Stephen Ross
Year SU President VP Education VP Welfare VP Activities VP Equality & Diversity
2015/16 Jay Malpass-Clark James Starnes Sarah Gillborn Harry Walters Grace Lawrenson
2016/17 Joe Murray Meg Robinson Kelly-Anne Watson Harry Walters Maddy Andrews
Year SU President VP Education VP Welfare & Community VP Activities VP Equality & Diversity
2017/18 Meg Robinson Jack Harrison Kelly-Anne Watson Aidan Thatcher Rosie Sewell

Equality & Diversity Reps[edit]

In 2012, Leeds Beckett Students' Union became one of the first Students' Unions in the country to introduce paid liberation officers. This decision contributed to the Students' Union winning the NUS Equality & Diversity Award that year. After three years, following a majority vote of the democratically elected Student Council, the decision was made to introduce a full-time paid Vice President Equality & Diversity in recognition of the importance of delivering meaningful change in the area of Equality & Diversity. The work of this role will support and be directed by a number of liberation reps (i.e Women's, LGBTQ, etc) on Student Council to ensure that campaigns are always led by the students to whom the matter affects. The success of this work, alongside the implementation of liberation group committees resulted in the Students' Union winning the NUS Equality & Diversity Award again in 2016.

2012/13 Paula Smith Beccy Smith Kristine Rogne Aurelie Disasi Graeme Brittles
2013/14 Embla Magnusdottir Callum Strode Iulia Popa Ayesha Khatun Graeme Brittles
2014/15 Dorothy Loraine James Smith Meher Dhingra Guilaine Brutus Robin Kaye
2015/16 Amy Cousens Alix Doran Ade Ayo Thembi Nkau David Niman Samantha Scarlett Aimee Binns -
2016/17 Imogen Day Rosie Sewell Dhivesh Ramdoyal Rue Makuve Alix Doran Emilia Lewandowska Aimee Binns Kai De Gennaro
2017/18 Maddy Andrews Jo Jackson Duw Uwadia Hellen Ndungu Evan Mortimer - Susanna Hanley Leigh Mackay

Student Council[edit]

The Student Council is the largest student-led decision making body of the Students' Union, responsible for debating and passing student policy, and holding the full-time Officers to account for their work.

Year Chair of Student Council
2009/10 Jo Johnson
2010/11 Amy Cooke
2011/12 Amy Cooke
2012/13 James Smith
2013/14 Declan Mulholland
2014/15 Declan Mulholland
2015/16 Declan Mulholland
2016/17 James Starnes
2017/18 Charlie Hind


Leeds Beckett Students' Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students.


The union on the City Campus has an independent advice centre for students and a bar The City Bar which contains two live music venues called The Stage which has played host to numerous bands including Coldplay, The Libertines, Theory of a Deadman and The Zutons, and Stage 2.

The Headingley campus also has its own bar called The Union.

Union venues[edit]

The City Bar

The City Bar[edit]

The City Bar (formerly The Met Bar) is the Student Union's flagship bar based in the City Campus. It has a 400+ capacity bar and canteen which serves a variety of food. Regular events are held in the venue such as Time Out Tuesdays, a societies night and Fank Thuck it's Friday! on Fridays. The Bar also hosts FUEL, the biggest alternative club night in Leeds which regularly sells out.

The Headingley Bar[edit]

Previously known as Beckett's Bar, and The Union, The Headingley Bar is the Students' Union bar based on the Headingley campus. The bar is open throughout the week and available for hire at weekends. It plays host to Sports Team Socials on Wednesday nights.

Student activities[edit]

The Students' Union has a range of activities to get involved with. There are numerous societies that any member of the Union can join and these range from Religious and Cultural groups to the My Little Pony Club and Poker Society. The Students' Union also offers a wide variety of volunteering opportunities that students can take advantage of, which is organised through the Volunteering Department (formerly CALM (Community Action at Leeds Met).)

The Students' Union also has an active LGBT (lesbian gay bi & trans) society. Leeds Beckett LGBT society has hosted numerous events in the city and on campus including the well known Controversy week of March 2009 (which featured events focusing on bi-phobia, Transman, non-binary gender model, sexual liberation and Intersex).

The Students' Union also has an active Islamic Society. Leeds Beckett Islamic Society hosts a number of events in the city campus and at Headingley, including Charity Week, the aim of which is to raise as much money as possible to help needy children around the world.

Athletic Union[edit]

The Athletic Union is separate to the Leeds Beckett Students' Union but maintains historically close links and holds three seats on the Student Council. Leeds Beckett regularly features well in the fixtures of university sports in the UK. Varsity fixtures between Leeds Beckett and Leeds University prove to be highly popular and competitive each year, with Leeds Met winning currently unbeaten overall.


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