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Notice of Referendum - Governance

February 18, 2019

This is official notice that Hull University Union (HUU) will be holding a referendum as per the following details.

In line with HUU’s Memorandum & Articles of the Association this referendum must reach a quorum of 10% of FTE members, therefore the quorum level in this referendum shall be 1486 votes. The vote shall be calculated by a two-thirds majority vote of all voting members.


Should the core student decision-making system be a Student Open Forum in place of Union Council?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Spoilt Ballot



Wednesday 20th February – 10am, MR6 -  Campaign Meeting

Thursday 7th March – 6pm, LR30 Wilberforce -  Referendum Debate

Tuesday 12th March 2019 - 9am  - Voting opens

Friday 15th March 2019 – 3pm -  Voting closes

The rules and regulations for this referendum can be found here.

The Chief Returning Officer for this referendum is Lydia Blundell, Head of Engagement at Huddersfield Students’ Union.

For any enquiries, please contact Nicole Steele, Student Voice Manager and Assistant Returning Officer, on [email protected] or 01482 466246.


Why are we holding a referendum?

petition was submitted to Hull University Union by Osaro Otobo, President of the Students’ Union on 18th February 2019 asking the Students’ Union to have a referendum of its members on whether we should change the student decision-making system. The petition had 89 valid signatures when first submitted. According to our Memorandum & Articles of the Association, 50 signatures are required to call a referendum. As such the notice of referendum was released on the same day.


How do I get involved?

A campaign meeting will be held to elect the spokespersons for the “Yes” and “No” campaigns on Wednesday 20th February at 10am in MR6. If you are interested in finding out more about leading a campaign or being part of a campaign team for this referendum, please come to this meeting to find out more. If you are unable to attend the meeting but are interested in being involved, please email [email protected]

Hull University Union President, Osaro Otobo, is the spokesperson for the 'Yes' campaign. If you would like to find out more information on the 'Yes' campaign, contact her on [email protected].

Huey Arslan is the spokesperson for the 'No' campaign. If you would like to find out more information on the 'No' campaign, please email [email protected].  


How do I vote?

During the voting period, simply go to and login with your University username and password.
Only full members of HUU that are registered students can vote in this referendum.


Does HUU have a position on this referendum?

The Students’ Union will remain neutral in this referendum.  Student members, including elected officers, are free to express their own views, but they do not represent an official Students’ Union view. We will be facilitating debate and ensuring that our members are aware of the referendum and how they can have their say. We provide neutral factual information about the issue so that students can be well-informed and take part in the voting process.


Further Information

If you require more information please contact [email protected] or call 01482 466246.

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