Policies and Campaigns

Policies

What is a Policy?

A ‘Policy’ is a document that tells an organisation what to do and allows its members to change pretty much anything to do with its structures and activities. It can also set a viewpoint, and mandate the organisation to actively campaign toward goals that benefit its members.

AberSU is governed by two different levels of policy:

Governing Documents - Constitution

  • Short and simply, our Rulebook.
  • The Constitution consists of a main document, supplemented by Schedules and Bye-Laws that go into more detail for specific areas of operation e.g. Council and Elections.
  • Any part of these documents can be amended by submission of an Idea to Council.

You can learn more about our Constitution and how it shapes our work in the About Aber section of our website.

General Policy

  • General Policy governs the shorter term activities of AberSU including Officer activities and campaigns.
  • Our Policy is living – we always work on active policy and encourage students to regularly review and hold us accountable for acting on our Policies.
  • Policies originate as ‘Ideas’ which are passed by elected students at Council and will remain active for up to three years unless it is completed, amended or renewed. Some Policies are passed when Council refers the Idea to an All Student Vote.
  • Policies can include appendixes or documents that provide more detailed information e.g. Sexual Harassment or Bilingual Policy Documents.
  • General Policy cannot override the law and should align with our charitable objectives. The duty to ensure that this is the case falls to our Board of Trustees.

A large part of what the SU and our Officers do includes ensuring Policies are completed or upheld. You can read more about some of the campaigns shaped by Policies here.

Our campaigns, research and policy advance the education of Aberystwyth students and ensure their views are heard and taken seriously on campus, in Aberystwyth and across Wales.

We work with students, the University and organisations both locally and nationally to create positive change.

If you have a great idea, read what it takes to get it passed into policy here.


Policy Book

Here you can search for AberSU Policies; past future and present.

If you have a query regarding a Policy, please either contact the Officer Responsible as noted in the gallery or contact the Student Voice Coordinator.


Campaigns

The diversity of Aberystwyth Students means that there are a variety of challenges that face our students in every day life.

It is our goal to ensure that all our members get the best possible experience from University, so we help students run campaigns to fight these challenges, to educate their classmates and to empower them to create change on a larger scale.

Our campaigns are led by students, with a number of Full Time and Volunteer Officers elected to represent and campaign on specific issues. 

Liberation

The liberation movement campaigns for equal rights and access for groups of people who face prejudice, inequality and daily challenges.

AberSU has elected officers to collect feedback and organise events and campaigns on behalf of students that self-define within these groups:

  • Women
  • LGBT+
  • Disabled
  • Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic

Sections

Sections refers to groups of students that can go through University differently depending on their age, study mode or nationality.

AberSU has elected officers to collect feedback and organise events and campaigns on behalf of students that self-define within these groups:

  • International
  • Mature (Commenced University after the age of 21)
  • Postgraduate
  • Welsh Speakers

Other campaigns

Because our campaigns are put forward and run by students, there can be a huge variety of ideas on the table! Supported by the elected officers, students run campaigns in the areas of:

  • RAG (Raising and Giving) charitable fundraising
  • Environment and Sustainability

Click here to read more about the work of our Officers and their campaigns.