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Policy and Governance


Hertfordshire Students' Union is a Charity, overseen by a Trustee Board comprising of 4 Full-Time Elected Officer Trustees, 3 Student Trustees and 4 External Trustees, managed by a General Manager and Senior Management Team.

On this page you'll find information outlining our current Policies and Byelaws. If you have any questions about them, please contact us at reps@hertfordshire.su


CURRENT (2017-now)

The direction of the Students' Union can be set through policies that are passed at student-led meetings such as Student Council and the Annual Members' Meeting. These policies note issues that are affecting students at the University of Hertfordshire, and request that the relevant Full-Time Elected Officer work with the relevant stakeholders to resolve them. Policies that are passed at Student Council stand for 3 years after the fact, and can be found in the table below:


What's the policy? When was it passed? When will it lapse? Who's responsible for it?


Society inclusion officers

(A policy for 'Inlusion Officers' to become an essential committee member on all HSU Societies with more than 10 members, and to lobby the Athletic Union to do the same for Club committees too).

20.11.19 20.11.22 Vice-President Activities


Group work

(A policy asking the Students' Union to lobby for group work to be limited in courses that do not require it to be assessed as part of their accreditation).

20.11.19 20.11.22 Vice-President Education


White T-shirt Policy

(A policy designed to encourage more inclusive social events of this type from affiliated societies and student groups).



Vice-President Education


Inclusivity for Jewish Students

(A series of actions to ensure that Jewish students are supported, and we stand together against anti-Semitism).

15.05.19 15.05.22 ALL STAFF


Introducing an Environmental Officer

(A policy to introduce another Campaign Officer position for the 2019/20 academic year).

15.05.19 15.05.22 VOICE TEAM


Hearing Loop System in FMM

(A policy to ensure that the hearing loop system in the FMM building is fit for purpose).

08.04.19 08.04.22 Vice-President Education


Drop the 3 Ds

(A policy to oppose any governmental plans to scrap student loans for those who achieve 3Ds or less in their A-levels).

08.04.19 08.04.22 Vice-President Education


More support for Trident Media

(A policy to mandate the Vice-President Activities to ensure that Trident Media are given the financial and technical resources they need to thrive).

06.02.19 06.02.22 Vice-President Activities


Students' wellbeing in UH Strategy

(A policy to include Mental Health as a focus of the University's 2020-2025 Strategy).

12.12.18 12.12.21 Vice-President Activities


Students' Mental Health

(A policy to ensure that the Students' Union lobbies the University on this subject).

12.12.18 12.12.21 Vice-President Activities


Campaign Officers

(A policy to include five Part-Time Campaign Officers on a trial basis). *extended to the 2019/20 academic year

09.10.18 March 2020 Vice-President Community


Other existing Students’ Union policies are listed below:

Equality and Diversity Policy

Code of Conduct - Complaints Procedure


LAPSED (pre-2017)

Lapsed policy refers to that which was passed, but not renewed, following the 3 years in which it stood. It will remain here for 2 years should a student / group of students wish to renew it.


What was the policy? When was it passed? When did it lapse?


Crush Underground

(A policy to close Crush Underground and only have one radio station).

04.02.16 04.02.19


Graphic Designers

(A policy to ensure that the Students' Union employs students for external work wherever possible).

04.02.16 04.02.19


Social Events and Welcome Ceremonies

(A policy to monitor sports teams' welcome ceremonies, and ban 'initiations').

04.02.16 04.02.19


Articles of Association

The Articles of Association and bye-laws of Hertfordshire Students' Union govern how the Students' Union is run. 

Articles of Association 

The Articles of Association of the Students' Union defines the responsibilities of its members and the kind of business to be undertaken by the organisation.

Byelaw 1 - Governance

Bye-law 1 - Governance

This bye-law defines the governance structures of the Students' Union, including the Executive Management Board, Student Council and Annual Meetings. 

Byelaw 2 - Membership

Bye-Law 2 - Membership

This bye-law defines the membership benefits for Associate Members of the Students' Union.

Byelaw 3a - Full-Time Officers

Bye-law 3a - Sabbatical Officers

Bye-law 3a sets out the roles and responsibilities of full-time Elected Officers of the Students' Union; including their role as officer trustees.

Byelaw 3b - Part-Time Officers

Bye-law 3b - Part-time Officers

Bye-law 3b sets out the roles and responsibilities of part-time Elected Officers of the Students' Union.

Byelaw 4 - Elections and Referenda

Bye-law 4 - Elections and Referenda

This bye-law covers the procedure for the conduct of Students' Union Elections, and referendums. 

Byelaw 5 - Clubs and Societies

Bye-law 5 - Clubs and Societies

This bye-law contains information on clubs and societies, including the process for formation, how they should run, and the structures of Societies Forum. 

Byelaw 6 - Code of Conduct

Bye-law 6 - Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct sets out the procedures to be followed in the instance of disciplinary action being made against a member of the Students' Union. 

Byelaw 7 - Licensed Premises Code of Conduct

Bye-law 7 - Licensed Premises Code of Conduct

This bye-law outlines the code of conduct for venues of the Students' Union, including the rules that members must abide by and the subsequent disciplinary procedures.

Byelaw 8 - Association Constitution

Bye-law 8 - Association Constitution 

Bye-law 8 presents the constitution for any associations of the Students' Union; it outlines the responsibilities of the association, the roles of committee members and procedures for members.


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