More than 1,500 of you lovely lot have directly responded to the call to #ReviewDSU – but it doesn’t stop there.
In late September we opened consultation into the leadership of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), and over 1,500 students at De Montfort University (DMU) directly responded to our survey that covered everything from why you think your students’ union is important, to what you think our Officer Team should be focusing on.
The independent review, led by the National Union of Students (NUS), will examine the structure of our Officer Team, and its recommendations will be voted on at DSU’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 6 December – and will be in place ready for elections early next year.
Elgan Hughes, Student Voice Manager at DSU, said: “Opinions and voice from our membership is crucial to informing the direction and leadership of the students’ union in the future.
“The whole point of the process is to be truly student-led.”
#ReviewDSU Key Dates
Tuesday 20 September – Survey Opens
Sunday 23 October – Survey Closes
Late October – Stakeholder Consultation
Early November – Student Focus Groups
Wednesday 16 November – Education Council Discussion
Tuesday 6 December – Final Vote at AGM
Elgan continued: “Consultation has now happened with key stakeholders, including DSU and university staff, as well as the officers themselves and external stakeholders.
“A report and discussion will now be presented for discussion at Education Council on Wednesday 16 November with the final vote being planned for the AGM in early December.”
Heshi Zhang (left) was the lucky winner of the #ReviewDSU iPad and collected his prize from DSU's Student Voice Manager Elgan Hughes.
Meanwhile, third-year Accounting and Business Management student Heshi Zhang was picked at random from all #ReviewDSU survey respondents to win an iPad. He explained why he thought the consultation was important.
“It wasn’t a simple questionnaire to complete,” he said. “But I knew it was an important one, and I have a lot of patience. It only takes ten minutes and it was worth it!
“I think it’s important to know what we [students] are saying, and student opinion matters.”
Elgan continued: “This student consultation so far has been crucial and we always pride ourselves on being student-led. But we will never rest on our laurels and will continue to ensure we represent on all levels.
“This stage right now is ensuring that students continue to engage with the process, discuss and debate at Council, and that as many people as possible turn up to AGM to vote on the recommendations that are made.”