Student Voice




Placed at the centre of campus, the University of Manchester Students’ Union is the beating heart of student life; we’re here to ensure that you feel part of the thriving Manchester community, we’re a place where you can make friends, gain vital skills for life and prepare for your future - University isn’t just about studying; we are Manchester and what we do today, the world does tomorrow.


Run by the Manchester Executive team, our vision is to be a thriving, active and inclusive Students’ Union with a powerful voice, delivering the support, services and change for our students.


Get to know your 2017/18 Exec Team below.














We will champion and embed the values of diversity and liberation in all that we do, becoming a leader in our sector by 2020. 



We want to ensure the full body is reflected in everything we do. This will enable us to become a more legitmate voice and ensure we are absolute champions for liberation, equality and diversity as well as empowering students to take leading roles in campaigning for change. 

Student Officers

Student Officer Elections

Ever wanted to make a difference by representing for students like you? Got ideas for events, campaigns or things the Students' Union and the University could be working on to improve the experience of a particular group of students at Manchester? Then you should stand for election as a Student Officer.

The Students' Union has a range of Student Officer roles which filled by a cross-campus election each October. We offer training, support and advice throughout the year and all the resources you'll need to effectively represent the students you're working for. There are 6 Student Senates throughout the year which you also sit on. This is the place where decisions are made and policy is passed to shape the Students' Union. Setting the agenda for campaigns and initiatives.   

Full role descriptions can be found here.


Senate Dates 2017-18

Coming Up

Policy Deadline
Submit your ideas here

Policy Amendment
Submit your Amendments here

7th December

26th November

3rd December

8th February

21st January

28th January

22nd March

11th March

18th March

3rd May

15th April

22nd April

What is Senate?

Senate is responsible for representing students, helping determine the policies of the Students’ Union and holding democratically elected representatives to account. Essentially, Senate makes decisions about what the Students' Union should believe and take action on. 

The Senate has the power to:

  • Amend the Students' Union Bye-Laws, provided any such decision is approved by a 2/3 majority and the Trustees;
  • Propose amendments to the Articles of Association to the AGM, provided such amendments are approved by a 2/3 majority;
  • Request, receive and approve reports and minutes from Officers, its Committees or any other part of the Students’ Union’s democratic structures;
  • Request and receive reports from the Trustee Board or any of its Committees;
  • Enact policy on behalf of the Students’ Union and its members;
  • Call for a referendum on any matter;
  • Declare an opinion on any matter;
  • Censure or dismiss (‘no confidence’) any Officer of the Union, provided any such decision is approved by a 2/3 majority;
  • Do anything else as may be jointly agreed with the Trustees.

Senate includes:

  • The Students' Union Exec Team (8 Officers)
  • 2 x Undergraduate (UG) Officers for each of the 3 Faculties
  • 1 x Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Officer for each of the 3 Faculties
  • 1 x Postgraduate Research (PGR) Officer for each of the 3 Faculties
  • 2 x BME Students' Officers
  • 2 x Women Students' Officers
  • 2 x LGBQ Students' Officers
  • 2 x Trans Students' Officers
  • 2 x Disabled Students' Officers
  • 2 x International Students' Officer
  • 2 x Ethical & Environmental Officer
  • 2 x Working Class Students' Officer
  • 6 x Student Community Officers
  • Members of the Activities Committee
  • The Chair (or equivalent) of each of the Residents’ Associations and JCRs
  • One person co-opted by the Senate to be a representative for each of the following groups:
  • (i) student parents, (ii) student carers, (iii) part-time students, (iv) mature students, (v) distance learner students, (vi) students living off-campus;
  • A panel of 20 students randomly selected to be representative of the general student population according to directions set by Steering Committee.

Who can attend Senate?

As a Students' Union, it's important that only our registered students are able to participate in our democratic structures. As such, the constitution restricts attendance to the following people:

  • Any registered student who is a member of the Students' Union may attend or speak at Senate meetings
  • A staff member of the Students’ Union shall be appointed as the Senate Secretary
  • Staff members of the Students’ Union may be invited by the Chair or another member of the Senate to address a meeting to explain or clarify a point of fact
  • Steering Committee may invite persons external to the Students’ Union to give speeches at any Senate meeting, provided that the relevant regulations regarding visiting speakers are complied with
  • Membership of the Senate held by representatives of organisations or bodies may be filled by any member of the Committee of that organisation or body, or by any other person duly authorised to be their representative at a Senate meeting

Attended a meeting and have some feedback?




Student Reps are the voice of the students on their course. They are a vital link between the student body, the University, and the Students' Union. 

You can find out more information via our Student Rep Facebook page or alternatively follow us on Twitter.

If you're interested to know who your Student Rep is then please email us at and we'll be in touch with their name as soon as we can. 




Student Reps ensure representation is embedded at every level of the decision-making process within the University. This allows you, as a student, to play an active role in shaping the delivery of your education. By telling your Student Rep how you are feeling about your course, they can drive positive change within the University to ensure your needs are being met.

For information about Faculty Officers, Liberation Officers and International Officers click here.