Governance info

UBU is proud to be led by its student membership.

The top elected body is UBU Council where the Council members discuss and vote to direct our policy and activity. All students may attend these meetings, and groups of students can propose motions — see the Council page for more details. In addition there are regular General Meetings where all students may join the debate and vote.

As a Charity, we also have a Board of Trustees. This includes students (voted onto the Board by Council), elected student officers (automatically Trustees), and External Trustees, recruited for their expertise in a range of areas. The Trustees support the student leaders and help to ensure that UBU meets its legal and financial requirements. They do not interfere in the normal policy-making activities of the student Council.

We are governed by a Constitution which sets out the principles and procedures for our organisation. It, and other related governing documents are provided below.


This is the supreme governing document of UBU. It includes our Mission Statement. It was written at UBU, agreed as part of our relationship with the University, and lodged with the Charity Commission.

Download the Constitution


These are subsidiary to the Constitution, providing fine detail for how things are done.

The "Media Area" is not included in the above Areas By-Law because the structure for the Media Clubs & Area is part of an ongoing consultation. Their previous (somewhat outdated) document remains temporarily in force:

Code of Conduct (for individuals)

Download the Code of Conduct

Code of Practice

Download the Code of Practice

Complaints Procedure (and Appeals)

These documents are under review in 2018.
Please always check for the latest versions before referencing them.

Download Complaints Procedure guidance

Download Complaints Form


This page was last updated 2018-04-16.