Students’ Unions are one of the most democratic membership organisations in the UK. Every one of them has its own structure for debating ideas and campaigns and making decisions. They're run by students who are elected by students - and everyone can have their say.
Here at Leicester, our democratic structure is now called Union Council.
It's our version of Parliament. We don't have MPs and we don't make laws. But we do elect students who make decisions and vote on policy that affects us all.
Council has four zones that focus on specific topics. To find out more about a Zone just click on it's logo below:
Each zone has 17 students who consider and debate ideas that you suggest. If your idea could change things for the better, it's put forward to a Council meeting for further discussion and put to the vote.
If you're studying at the University of Leicester, you have a right to attend Council meetings. Only elected representatives can vote, but anyone can join in, share their views and help write formal proposals.
There are five Union Council meetings each academic year. Ideas and proposals are discussed in zone meetings which take place in between Council meetings.
You can keep up with all the meetings by visiting our Union Council calendar.
It couldn't be easier. Just send your ideas or suggestions online and ask us to Change It or Explain It!
Simply, any student! No matter whether you're on a year abroad or a year in industry; whether you're a part-time student or a distance learner; whether you live on or off campus, you can take part. Union Council is fully interactive. It's streamed live so you don't need to miss a thing. You can ask questions on Twitter (#ULSUP), give speeches live via video call and even vote from the other side of the world.
If you're interested then why not come along to our next Union Council meeting. You can find out all the details about this here.