Memorandum and Articles of Association – The Main Changes What? Main Changes - Change terminology of Student Council to zones or Union Actioning Body Why? This committee will no longer exist so one of these areas will now be the place for ideas/issues - A number of references to the Companies Act removed and replaced The Union is now a Charity and these items in some instances fall under other acts. Article 21 - General Meetings – Chairing responsibilities As there will be no Student Council Chair the chairing responsibilities are now made more explicit. This allows for the floor to nominate a chair if it feels there is a conflict of interest. The language has been updated as trustees don’t retire their term ends so the terminology has been changed to reflect this. Student Council will no longer exist. The ratification will still need approval. Students will now be involved in the interview process and the selection of student trustees. This document should only outline legal requirements. This is not a legal requirement and the institution is happy that the Union deals with issues regarding it’s trustees without University interference. Each committee has different arrangements. Secretary duties are already outlined in Article 63. At the moment any two trustees can call a meeting. The change to this article would ensure that at least one Sabbatical or student trustee be involved in making this decision. The Union appoints trustees. These are not elected (except Sabbatical Officers). There isn’t a procedure for this via election. This would instead be an appointment process. Part 3 - Trustees Retirement Article 34 - Trustee Ratification Article 38 - University involvement in no confidence in University nominated trustees Article 42 - Secretary appointment Article 48 - Calling a Trustees Meeting Article 53 - The article outlines that if a meeting continuously doesn’t reach quorum a trustee can be elected Article 60 – Part 4 - This outlines Student Council. This will now outline the principles of the Zones and Union Actioning Body Article 64 - References to Books and filing in offices Article 70 - Definition of Terms As Student Council is replaced this section will outline the new governance process. This document was originally written in the late 90’s. Technology has come a long way so these references are outdated and not relevant. RAG are listed as a society. RAG are now considered a student group as they have a different structure to societies. This change reflects this.