Imperial College Union is a democracy, and Union Council is where elected student representatives make decisions and set policies on a wide range of issues.
Union Council has over 50 members, the majority of which are senior student volunteers from across our various services, networks and activities - such as Officer Trustees, Management Group Chairs, Constituent Union leaders, and senior Academic & Wellbeing Representatives.
In addition to these members, there are sixteen "Ordinary Members" elected by students directly to Union Council every year.
What is an Ordinary Member?
The volunteers in these roles are the only Council members who are elected directly to Council rather than receiving their place automatically through their other roles - such as being an Officer Trustee, Constituent Union President or Management Group Chair.
Interested in becoming an Ordinary Member of Union Council? You can run to represent your Faculty in the Autumn Elections 2017. Nominations open on Saturday 30 September and close on Thursday 12 October.
To make the Ordinary Members representative of our membership, fifteen Ordinary Member places are divided up by faculty and by the proportion of Postgraduates and Undergraduates in each. One further place is reserved for our members who are not in a Faculty - such as the Business School and Centre for Languages, Culture & Communication.
This year, we will have the following roles:
- 1x Faculty of Medicine (Postgraduate) Ordinary Member of Council
- 2x Faculty of Medicine (Undergraduate) Ordinary Member of Council
- 3x Faculty of Engineering (Postgraduate) Ordinary Member of Council
- 4x Faculty of Engineering (Undergraduate) Ordinary Member of Council
- 2x Faculty of Natural Sciences (Postgraduate) Ordinary Member of Council
- 3x Faculty of Natural Sciences (Undergraduate) Ordinary Member of Council
- 1x Non-Faculty Ordinary Member of Council
What does an Ordinary Member do?
Ordinary Members speak for their fellow Undergraduates or Postgraduates in their faculty. While any student of Imperial College London can attend Council, or bring a paper to it for approval, the Ordinary Members are there to give a voice to students who may not otherwise volunteer with Imperial College Union. The roles exist to ensure that every faculty and study type has at least one dedicated representative on Council to air their views.
Who are the Ordinary Members?
These roles are currently open for any student of Imperial College London. You can nominate yourself to become an Ordinary Member in the Autumn Elections 2017.