General Meetings

Next General Meeting

There are no more General Meetings in the 2018/19 academic year.

The next General Meeting will be in Semester 1, 2019/20 academic year. The date will be determined during the summer break, when the year's new sabbatical officer team are setting out their plans for the year.

General Meetings

  • General Meetings are the highest level of meeting in the Union, and the most open; they are where students can speak and vote, and hold their elected Officers to account.
  • General Meetings are governed through the UBU Constitution and its associated By-Laws.

Submit an idea for discussion

Anyone can put an idea to UBU Council through a motion. Certain motions may be sent by them for wider discussion at a General Meeting.

To understand how to create an effective motion, please visit Student Voice (the green area in UBU!) where the Council Advisory Committee will work with you to gather evidence, build a team of volunteers, and arrive at a series of resolutions that UBU can effectively work towards and achieve. Then your motion goes to a Council meeting to be debated — as the proposer, you get to speak in this debate. It will be democratically voted on by the Council members, who are elected by you, the students, each year. After this, if approved, it becomes our policy for five years, and we try to take actions to achieve its aims.

For the avoidance of doubt, the only motions that should be sent directly by students to a General Meeting, bypassing Council, are those that hold Council itself to account in some way. They are still subject to clarification and support from the Council Advisory Committee, which will ensure they are suitable (lawful, etc.) and can be acted upon. This method allows Council to be most effective in doing effective work on the ideas put forward by students.

You can discuss a proposed motion by contacting the Council Advisory Committee. There is a deadline for submission to meetings of a full week beforehand, but we urge you to get in touch well before that so we can help you as described above. Motions must have a proposer and seconder, and fifteen "assenters" (who agree to its being discussed but need not neccessarily agree with the content). All must be current UBU students and provide their UB number.

This year's General Meeting timetable

  1. There was an Emergency General Meeting on the 9th October to discuss the cuts and potential staff strike action.
  2. The first normal General Meeting of the 2018-19 academic year was on Thursday 22nd November at 6:00 p.m., in Richmond E59.
  3. The second General Meeting was the AGM (Annual General Meeting) on Thursday 28th February at 6:00 p.m. in Horton Barn.

Archive of previous General Meetings

Annual General Meeting 2017/18

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General Meeting — November 2017

Annual General Meeting 2016/17

This took place on 5th May 2017.

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General Meeting — February 2017

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General Meeting — November 2016