Arts Students' Union is first and foremost a democratic organisation led by our members. We strive to ensure students are part of key decisions and have a say in how we run our services.

Whether advocating for a position we take on a key issue, what campaign we run or how we tackle challenges facing particular student communities within the University - our democracy ensures students can mobilise the SU and its representatives to take action! 

Over the 20/21 academic year Arts SU underwent a Democratic Review. Based on that Review, we proposed changes to our democtatic structure via a referendum in March 2021. The proposal was approved by the student body and the changes to our democratic structure have been implemented beginning in the 22/23 academic year.

Watch this space as we will be regularly updating this page as we implement new representative positions, student staff roles and meetings. 


What are the new democratic structures?

1. Ideas - A new interactive way to influence decision making of Arts SU. Whether it's suggesting campaign ideas, or proposing policy, this is the new system! If you bring the ideas, we can bring the tools to make it happen.

2. School Reps - Elected students to represent their school/programme department within their college. Supporting Course Reps & Officers to ensure the needs of students are met.

3. Contact your representative - A all encompassing way to contact your representatives. (This is a work in progress: for now, email

2. Student Interns -  paid students recruited by the SU to work part-time for the year (alongside their studies) to organise initiatives and lead research affecting a certain student group identity within the UAL community. This includes liberation groups and students of circumstance reflecting the needs of the student body. 

4. x6 Paid (Sabbatical) Officers - Six full time paid (Sabbatical) officer roles to represent students. These roles include x4 college officers, x1 Community Officer and x1 Union Affairs Officer.