One of the GU’s main purposes is to ensure that graduates are properly represented on University Committees (of which there are many), and pursuing policy decided upon by the GU’s democratic bodies.
The GU sabbatical officers, the President and the Welfare and Rights Officer, between them sit on the majority of University Committees that call for a graduate representative. The two highest decision-making bodies in the University – University Council and General Board – were until 2013 elected in separate elections. From 2013, the election of the GU President will be combined with these elections, so that the person elected as President will sit on these committees.
Representing graduates on committees makes up a significant proportion of the President’s and the Welfare and Rights Officer’s duties, and occasionally someone from the Executive Committee is delegated to represent graduates on more minor committees.
The GU officers take their representative duties very seriously. If you have anything to raise, please contact the officers directly through the form on the ‘Contact Us’ page, or speak to the GU Council representative in your MCR (likely to be the President or External Officer).