ULSU is the representative body for 13,500 UL students. Students automatically become members of the Union upon enrolment. The three sabbatical officers (President, Welfare, Academic) as well as the part-time members of the Union's Executive Committee, do their best to represent and help you with any problems you may have during your time in college.
ULSU represents you both within and outside the University, as well as providing you with services such as a monthly newspaper, welfare and academic advice, a games room, photocopying service, clubs and societies and much more.
The Students' Union Constitution is structured much like the Irish Constitution, in an inverted pyramid of decision-making. The most powerful decision-making process is a referendum of the students. For this to be valid, 1/5 of the students must vote. For the motion to be passed, there must be a 2/3 majority in favour.
"The Students' Union Constitution is structured much like the Irish Constitution, in an inverted pyramid of decision-making."
The next most powerful body is the General Meeting (UGM). There are at least two of these a year: one in the autumn semester and one in the spring. UGM needs 100 members - registered students to attend to be valid. A simple majority passes a motion at a General Meeting. Student Council is the student parliament. Student Council in made up of 28 department representatives and 15 interest group councillors. This is the third most powerful body in the Union, and it is responsible for policy decisions and the constitution schedules and appendices.
The ULSU Executive is the 'cabinet' of the Students' Union. It consists of eleven members including sabbatical and non-sabbatical officers (elected annually) and the Union General Manager. Exec is responsible for initiating policy and the day-to-day political running of the Union. It meets weekly on Thursday evenings in the ULSU Boardroom @ 6pm. Only Exec members may attend Exec meetings. Should you wish for an item to be discussed at Exec level, please feel free to approach any of the officers at any stage to raise your issue.