The University of Southampton Students’ Union is structured as a limited company which all students at the University are a member of (and therefore own), and which is also a registered charity. This company owns a second limited company called SUSU Social Enterprises Ltd., which conducts some trading with non-members and other activities. Both companies file an annual report and accounts, which you can find here: facts and figures.


The Legal Stuff

The University of Southampton Students’ Union is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales as number 8034371, and a charity registered in England and Wales as number 1148683.

SUSU Social Enterprises Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Southampton Students’ Union, and is registered in England and Wales as number 8837159.

Both companies’ registered addresses are Building 42, University Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ.

There are three levels of document which govern how the Students’ Union works. At the top level, the Memorandum and Articles of Association form the backbone of the organisation. Below this, the Rules explain how the Students’ Union does everything from holding elections to running meetings and holding officers to account. Finally, the By-laws go into more detail about the democratic governance of our student activities.

A separate Schedule of Delegated Authority is approved by the Trustee Board to delegate work to the sub-committees of the Board and authorise the day to day operational activity carried out by the SUSU staff team.

These documents are regularly updated by the Representation Team. If you have any queries about any of the documents found here, or how they work, please get in touch with the representation team at repres@soton.ac.uk.


The Rules & By-Laws are currently being reviewed and updated. If you have queries about our democratic processes please contact the Representation team – repres@soton.ac.uk.
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