Amendments to Hull University Union's Articles of Association
Hull University Union has been holding a referendum over the past week, called by our Board of Trustees, asking all members to vote on amendments to our governing documents, the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
The Charity Commission for England and Wales authorised that this referendum must reach a quorum of 5% of members. A minimum of 627 students needed to vote in order to reach this quorum. In order for the amendments to pass, a two-thirds majority vote of all voting members is required.
At the close of voting at 5pm on Tuesday 1st October, 656 members voted in the referendum, meaning that the referendum did meet quorum.
583 members voted in favour of approving the amendments to our Articles, 59 members voted against the amendments and there were 14 spoilt ballots.
This means that the referendum has passed and these amendments to our articles will be made as of this week.
A referendum has been called by our Board of Trustees, asking all members to vote on amendments to our governing documents, the Memorandum and Articles of Association. You can read the notice here.
The Charity Commission for England and Wales authorises that this referendum must reach a quorum of 5% of members. As of the start of voting on 25th September, this means a minimum of 627 students must vote in order to reach quorum. The vote shall be calculated by a two-thirds majority vote of all voting members.
What are students being asked to vote on?
Whilst no significant changes are needed, the documents need updating so that they reflect current working practice and to ensure the Union remains current and prepared for the next three to five years. As the Students' Union is a membership organisation, all of our members (that's all students at the University of Hull) have the right to vote on these changes.
You can read a short one-page summary of the proposed amendments here.
You can read the full document including tracked changes here.
Do you approve the amendments proposed in the Memorandum and Articles of Hull University Union Ltd?
- Spoilt Ballot
Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 9am - Voting opens at hulluniunion.com/votenow
Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 5pm - Voting closes
How do you find out more?
The rules and regulations for this referendum are published online.
For any enquiries, please contact Nicole or Steph, the Assistant Returning Officer Team, on [email protected] or 01482 466246.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a referendum?
A referendum is the opportunity to campaign and have a vote on an issue that matters to students in Hull.
Since 2016, five referenda have been held on subjects such as whether or not as a union we should lobby the University to abolish the Faculty Hub system (did not meet quorum); two separate referenda on whether or not we should change our governance system (did not pass both times); and whether or not we should leave the NUS (students voted yes).
How can a referendum be called at Hull University Union?
There are three ways that a referendum can be called:
- By resolution at the trustee board
- By a majority vote at Union Council by elected and appointed part-time officers and representatives (any student can bring a motion to Union Council and it is officers that vote on those motions)
- By a petition signed by at least 50 members (or 100 members if it is for the removal of a trustee or a vote of no confidence in an elected officer)
When will voting happen?
According to Hull University Union’s Memorandum and Articles of Association (our governing documents), voting for the referendum will take place in Semester not less than 15 clear days and not more than 25 clear days after receipt of the request, i.e. during Trimester time between 3-5 weeks after the request has been made.
Where will voting take place?
Voting will take place online on our website at hulluniunion.com/votenow. All students at Hull who are union members are eligible to vote.