Holding Union Council members to account

The Accountability Board is made up of elected Students. It is their role to scrutinise the elected officers and student Forums to ensure they are being as fair and representative as they could possibly be, and to hold them to account. If you have noticed any issues you would like to make the Accountability Board aware of, please get in touch  at

The responsibilities of the Accountability Board fall into 4 main areas:

  • Holding meetings with the Sabbatical Officers to hold them to account
  • Observing and scrutinising Student Forums to make sure they stay democratic and that members of the Forum are being listened to and treated fairly.
  • Observing the Union Council, and making sure the decisions made are fair and representative.
  • Assessing policies submitted by students and making sure they are being progressed.

The Accountability Board is essentially a critical friend to the elected positions at UPSU, and are here to make sure that the student body is being represented properly by the best people for the job. It is within their power to offer improvements and feedback to individuals and bring up issues at the Union Council.

If you would like to get involved with the Accountability Board, please get in touch with the Student Voice Team!


James Lord

Accountability Board Chair

Hi, my name is James Lord and I am Chair of the Accountability Board for the year 2018/19. In my role I hold elected officers to account and can act as a channel, so students can ask questions of those officers. While elected I will be looking for ways to promote the work of the Accountability Board as well as increasing interactions with students by holding office hours in the Hive. I am contactable at: and will be happy to assist with any issue you might have.


Luke Lamplough

Accountability Board Member

Hi I am Luke, I am a member of the Union’s Accountability Board, I work alongside the Accountability Board chair and together we help ensure that the democratic processes within the Union are abided by.

I will continue to keep the various elected representatives; School Reps; Part-time Officers; and Sabbatical Officers to account. Reading any policy proposals that members put forward, and participating in Union Council meetings – where applicable. The board acts as a way to help ensure that procedure is upheld, and that policies keep moving forward. If you have any concerns in this regard then please feel free to contact myself, attend the Accountability Board drop-in sessions, or email Confidentiality is important to myself and the board, and where procedure allows we will strongly uphold this.

“Accountability separates the wishers in life from the action-takers that care enough about their future to account for their daily actions.” - John Di Lemme ‘