SUSU is a membership-led organisation and it's important that our members (Swansea University students) know exactly how the Union runs, and through this, how to get involved. We are governed by Articles of Governance & Schedules, which sets out the rules and processes behind everything that we do.
Although we're part funded by Swansea Univeristy, and are located on the campus, we're also a completely autonomous organisation. This ensures that we remain entirely focused on our members with one purpose in mind: to make student life better.
We're led by students
They are at the heart of everything that we do. They sit out on our Student Forums, which determines our campaigning and political priorities. They make up the largest share of our Board of Trustees, which is legally responsible for hiring the staff team and making sure the Union remains financially viable. They deliver most of our services through our large staff team. And they have the power to shape everything the Union does through our Union Council, Annual Student Members' Meetings and referenda.
We're a charity
Our charity number is 1149941 . Like all Students' Unions in the UK, we're also a registered charity. This means that: We're not-for-profit: any income we gain from our commercial services goes straight back into providing services for students. We're governed by charity law: which has some implications on how we can spend our money – making sure it's spent on students, for example. We're accountable to our members: which means we're constantly looking to help students better understand what we get up to, and how we spend our money. As a charity we have a Board of Trustees that ensures the Students' Union has the necessary financial and structural stability to carry out its aims effectively.
Articles of Governance