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The Students’ Union is built on a democracy and regulated by a constitution. This means that democracy is at the heart of everything your Students’ Union does. Get yourself involved in the UnionBeing an active member of your Students’ Union is a great way to influence the way it works. The Sabbatical team need to hear the views of students to make the necessary changes and represent you. Become a member of your society’s committee and voice your opinions at Societies Standing Committee. If you are involved in Sport, join your committee and come to Sports Standing committee. Visit the Union website to find out how you can become a member of the Opinion Panel, and give us your feedback on everything from the coffee in Chancellors to the performance of your Union President. Come to AGMThe Union holds its Annual Members Meeting (AMM) in the summer term every year. At this meeting, the Union’s Impact Report is presented, so you can hear what your Union has been doing during the year, and exactly where the money you have spent in the building has been spent. This is also where the Union President announces any major changes for the coming year.
ElectionsUnion elections happen twice a year to choose both your full time and part time student representatives. Make sure you get out and vote for the people who you want to represent you during your time at Surrey. All of our members are also invited to attend our Student Forums, which meet regularly in the Union. During these meetings you can find out what your elected representatives have been doing, and more about how the Union works. If you’d like to become even more involved, you can stand as a candidate on either our team of Sabbatical Officers to spend a year working full time as a representative at the Union, or you can become a candidate for our part-time team of executive officers, who join the Sabbaticals as the leaders of the Union. If you’re involved in one of our Sports Clubs or Societies, you can stand to become a member of your committee and attend Sports or Societies standing to get your opinions heard. Finally, make sure you vote in Union elections twice a year, and also in any referendums which may happen during your time at Surrey. If you don’t vote, you have no voice.