Democracy at Bath Spa

Your Students’ Union is a democratic organisation. Every major decision made is voted on by student representatives and external trustees. This means that you can trust your Students’ Union to have your interests, well-being and overall university experience close to our hearts.


We hold elections throughout the year so you can choose the people that speak and act on your behalf. All Bath Spa students can stand for a full-time Officer position and all eligible students can nominate themselves for a variety of part-time, voluntary positions.

All Bath Spa students are eligible to vote in elections, though some will be restricted to students from that School or who self-define with a particular equality group. As a democratic organisation, we love elections!

Democracy and Scrutiny Committee

The role of the Democracy and Scrutiny Committee is to make sure that students are being represented at every stage in the Unions’ decision-making process.

The Democracy and Scrutiny Committee has many responsibilities, including ensuring that Union operates ethically, is held accountable to students, and promotes equality of representation among the student body.


A Referendum may be called on any issue by:

  • a resolution of the Trustees;
  • a majority vote of the Democracy & Scrutiny Committee or General Meeting ; or
  • a Secure Petition signed by or agreed to at least sixty Student Members.

A resolution may only be passed by Referendum if at least 5% Student Members cast a vote in the Referendum and a simple majority of the votes cast are in favour of the resolution.

You can find more information about holding referendums in the Union's Constitution.


Phone Number

01225 875588