Did you know that you are a member of the Students Union? 

Did you know that we are not just another arm of the University, and that it is our job to represent your interests? 

Did you know that our priorities, political stances and direction are led by you? 

Students’ Union’s exist to represent students at their institutions and as such, this means we are democratically led by students who have been elected by their peers. 

Arts SU is your Students’ Union so as students, you have the power to make decisions, shape our aims and priorities, and to tell us when things need to be improved. 

We are conducting a review of our democratic processes this academic year to find out what you want democracy at Arts SU to look like, and to make it easier for you to get involved with our work. 

As UAL students you should always be at the centre of everything we do. If we don’t represent you and your interests, then we are not doing our job properly. 

Currently, our democratic procedures and the way that students can implement change are pretty complex and confusing. No one would judge you for thinking that you need a lot of former experience to get involved or that doing so would be a huge commitment of your time. We know that it isn’t always obvious what we’re doing, and that the language we use can often be very alienating. You might not think that Arts SU is relevant to you, or that it is not very accessible. So maybe it’s time we switched it up? 

We know we need to change to meet the needs of our students, and this is your chance to help us do that! It’s a chance to address the issues in our current system, wipe the slate clean and build something even better. 

You should be able to get help when you need it, raise an important issue regardless of your experience and make a change quickly and easily when you see a problem. 

Our Democracy Review aims to answer questions like: 

  • How do you want to communicate with us? 

  • What is the biggest barrier you face at Uni? 

  • How do you want to raise issues so that we can immediately start to implement a change? 

  • How do you want to use your power as a student? 

Arts SU is ran by and for our students, and we want you to participate in all our decisions. But we need to talk to as many of you as possible to make this happen – and if you don’t engage or think we do any good, then your voice is all the more important! 

If this sounds like something you want to have a say in, email democracy@su.arts.ac.uk