Changes to Accountability panels

September 30, 2019

In March 2019, the President of the Students’ Union, Osaro Otobo, called a referendum to reform Governance and Accountability at Hull University Union. This referendum didn’t pass, however, on 29 April 2019, a motion was passed at Union Council to move the scrutiny of Presidents from Union Council to a separate panel. 


Accountability Panels are new for 2019/20 and are open for all students to attend. The panel will consist of one Councillor for Scrutiny from each zone (Governance, Inclusivity and Diversity, Sport, Education and Activities) and the Chair of Union Council will chair the meeting.


Each President will have to submit a report detailing:


  • Their progress on objectives
  • The meetings they have attended
  • How much time they have spent engaging with students
  • How they have fed their work back to students


Each President will present their report to the panel where the Councillors for Scrutiny will have the opportunity to ask questions about their progress. The Presidents and the panel can also discuss their direction on objectives for the next month. The report will be marked and then published online on our website for students to see.


The role of Councillor for Scrutiny will give you a unique insight into elected roles, holding to account and how democratic organisations work. Councillors for Scrutiny will receive full training and develop skills such as:


  • Attention to detail
  • Team working
  • Critical thinking
  • Critical observation


If you think this is the role for you or you would like to know more, contact us at [email protected] or nominate yourself at