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 call 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 we 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 the 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.

You can also discuss a proposed motion by contacting the elected Union Affairs Officer ( or their supporting staff member, the Democracy and Campaigns Assistant ( 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.

The next General Meetings

  1. This year's Annual General Meeting will be on Thursday 22nd February at 6:00 p.m., in Horton Barn.
  2. The final General Meeting of the 2017-18 academic year will be on Thursday 12th April at 6:00 p.m., again in Student Central lecture theatre 0.51.

Archive of previous General Meetings

General Meeting — November 2017

Annual General Meeting 2016/17

This took place on 5th May 2017.

General Meeting — February 2017

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General Meeting — November 2016

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