How We Are Run


LiverpoolSU – It Starts With You

Liverpool Students’ Union represents all LJMU students. As a student, you are central to deciding how the organisation is led and the priorities we commit to achieve. We have a constitution which outlines how we run the organisation that has been developed with student trustees. You can read this document here

Democratic Processes

Each year we give you the chance to vote in our annual Student Officer elections; our four successfully elected Officers are paid a salary, work full-time within LiverpoolSU and are responsible for the day to day running and decision making. They also sit on the LiverpoolSU Trustee Board, which is our overall governing body.


We give you the opportunity to not only vote, but to stand for election yourself if you are passionate about leading the Students’ Union and making positive change for LJMU students - any student can do this either part way through your course (as a sabbatical year) or after your final year (to take up the position when you graduate). Elections usually take place around March time and you will need to put yourself forward before then. There are four positions available; President, Vice President Activities, Vice President Academic Quality and Vice President Community Engagement.

You can also stand for election as one of our National Union of Students (NUS) Delegates. These positions represent LJMU students at the NUS National Conference each April.

Your Student Officers

You can contact your LiverpoolSU Student Officers at any time. They have been elected to represent you and welcome suggestions on improvements that could be made to students’ experiences of the University, Union or wider student life in the City. If you think there should be a campaign on a particular issue that affects students – then you can suggest it. You can find their contact details in our Get In Touch section.


Officer Accountability
How does this happen?

Officers are held to account, through a process called a scrutiny panel. The panel holds all full-time Officers to account on their remit, manifesto, and policy as part of our constitution. They meet two times a year to discuss the work delivered by the Officers. The Panel receive reports written by the Officers in advance of the meeting to frame the conversation and questions. At the end of the meeting the Panel then rate the Officer's performance and these are published for all students to see on the website.

Who is on the Scrutiny Panel?

As a minimum, the LiverpoolSU constitution requires the Panel to include:

•  a Student Trustee 

•  a Community Trustee

•  a representative from LJMU

How can I hold my officers to account as an LJMU student?

Students may submit questions to the panel for the Officers to answer which cover anything appropriate to:

•  Remit - e.g. the role of an Officer, for instance the VP Academic Quality Officer would be asked about Academic Quality related activities.

•  Manifesto - e.g. asking an Officer for an update on a particular manifesto promise and progress made towards it.

•  Policy - e.g. asking an Officer for an update on work done towards a particular Student Union policy. You can see a list of our policies here.


For more detail on what the scrutiny panel covers and how it is run please read the terms of reference.

You can submit questions to the panel or ask a question about the panel by emailing

Have Your Say

At any point during your time at LJMU, you can submit ideas to the union via our online tool for student feedback. More details on how to use this can be found here.


Annual General Meeting (AGM)

This meeting happens once a year and is a great way for you to find out more about how we are run and what we’ve been up to over the past year. More details about the upcoming and previous AGM’s can be found here.

Student Trustees

You could put yourself forward to be one of our Student Trustees. We have 4 of these (in addition to our 4 Student Officers who are also trustees and our 3 Community Trustees). You can register your interest in becoming a trustee here. You can find out more information about our Trustee Board here. All available positions will be advertised here or you can email the trustee board secretary to register your interest if we are not currently recruiting on


Clubs and Societies

All of our clubs and societies are run by LJMU students. You can find out more information on how you can get involved with them here. If there isnt a club or society that takes your fancy you can submit a request to start your own here.


Come and talk to us

You have the opportunity to ask questions or give LiverpoolSU ideas and feedback at our new social spaces, events or in your community through our Outreach Team. You can also always get in touch by emailing, following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook.

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