The Students' Union is led by students for students, find out how you can shape the decisions we make.

The Students' Union is led by students for students, find out how you can shape the decisions we make.

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The Students' Union is a democratic organisation. Each year the leaders of the Students' Union, the Student Officer Team, are elected in the campus wide Students' Union Elections. The Student Officer Team are also supported by 12 elected part time Students' Union Reps.

At the heart of the Students' Union is the Union Council. The Union Council, the highest decision making body within the Students' Union, is made up of 29 students including the Student Officers, Students' Union Reps & Zone Chairs. All students can feed into the Union Council via the open zones; Your Education Zone, Your Community Zone and Your Students' Union Zone - details of all the zone meetings will be displayed on our social media.

Sheffield Hallam Students' Union exists to represent the student body of Sheffield Hallam University. In order to ensure we do so, it's vital that students get the opportunity to set policy to mandate the organisation and elected officers.

If there's something you're passionate about, that you think the Students' Union could make a difference on, then why not see if you can make it an official policy? Any student can submit their idea using the "New Idea" function at the bottom of this page, this will then be discussed at the relevant Zone and voted upon to see whether or not it should go to Union Council. 

What is a policy?


A policy is effectively an idea that a student, or a number of students, have had which they believe will make the student experience at Sheffield Hallam University better. It's something that they want the Students' Union to work on in order to make their Students' Union, their Education, or their time in Sheffield better. Once passed, policies are binding on the Students' Union for three years - and the Students' Union needs to work to make sure they happen!


What policies do we already have?

As a Students' Union we have a number of policies on everything ranging from ensuring students are treating equally through to ensuring we campaign for fair student fares on public transport.

You can find the full list of our policies on our policy register.


What have we done with the policies we have?

Once a policy is passed by Union Council, or by referenda, we get to work on it straight away. You can see how we're acting on our policies in our policy implementation plan.

How do our ideas become official policy?

In order for your idea to become policy, you need to first submit it to us by completing a new Idea below. Once your idea is submitted, it'll be put forward to the relevant Zone; so if it's about Education - it'll go to Your Education Zone, if it's about your Students' Union, it'll go through to Your Union Zone, and if it's about the Community it'll go through to Your Community Zone (there are 5 of these a year). If the majority of the zone attendees agree that it's a great policy idea then it'll go forward to the next Students' Union Council meeting (there are at least three of these a year).



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