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Main Committee Structures... Birmingham City Students’ Union Student Council - is the main decision-making body within the Students’ Union. Elected Student Councillors make decisions on how the Students’ Union is run. From deciding to refurbish the bars to fighting for students’ rights on their courses, Student Council makes that decision. There are 69 Student Councillors elected from across Birmingham City University. The Executive takes important issues affecting students at the University to Student Council for a decision and guidance on what is the best way forward. Executive Committee - is responsible for putting Students’ Union Council’s decisions into action. There are eleven positions on the Executive, five paid full-time posts and six voluntary posts that students undertake while studying. Each officer has an individual remit. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) - takes places in the final term of the year and makes major decisions about the next academic year. It also looks at where Birmingham City Students’ Union’s money is spent. Every student at Birmingham City University has the right to attend the AGM. We also have elections on issues such as to whether the Union should be a member of the National Union of Students and other educational, political or social issues affecting students. These are called referendums.

Birmingham City University The University’s committees are the main bodies working on the improvement and development of learning, teaching, research, finances and anything else a part of the University may have to manage. The lower level committees do more detailed work and the higher-level committees are decision-making and approval bodies. Senate - a body within the University which is responsible for academic matters and controlling and regulating academic programmes. ASQEC (Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement Committee) - a sub-committee of Senate. It makes recommendations to Senate to ensure academic standards are maintained. Working Parties - both the Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement Committee (ASQEC) and Senate may set up working parties to investigate and make recommendations on specific areas of University business. Members of the Union Executive can be asked to sit on these groups. A recent example is the Anonymous Marking Working Group which was set up to develop a University policy and/or guidance regarding the process for anonymous marking at faculty level. The Students’ Union Representations and Campaigns Officer sat on this group. Quality Assurance Agency - Universities are required by a body called the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) to prove that both their procedures and the quality of the courses they provide is up to scratch. A key part of the QAA requirement relates to the existence of an effective student representation system. As a Student Rep you may be asked by the university or the union to feed in to this process.

13 Student Rep Handbook

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Student Rep Induction Dates: How to be an effective Student Rep 08 Foreword from the Students’ Union 02 01 Student Rep Handbook We will then...

tobeaneffectiveStudentRep08ForewordfromtheStudents’Union0201StudentRepHandbookWewillthencontactyou  

Student Rep Induction Dates: How to be an effective Student Rep 08 Foreword from the Students’ Union 02 01 Student Rep Handbook We will then...

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