At its meeting on 21st October 2017, the UPSU Trustee Board considered detailed papers setting out the process and potential for UPSU to move from being an Unincorporated Association towards Incorporation (as a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG)). The Board formally resolved that UPSU should do this.
Our Constitution (governing document) sets out UPSU’s powers to ‘incorporate’. Incorporation is the legal process of declaring that an organisation exists in its own right, separate from its owners, who in our case are currently the Trustees. Over the past several years, many Students’ Unions have incorporated, and it is now the most common form for medium to large size Unions.
We are therefore asking you, as a member of UPSU, to vote on the proposal to incorporate and to approve the new ‘Memorandum and Articles of Association of the University of Plymouth Students’ Union’ (our proposed new governing document). This will be done via a full-member referendum between 24th February and 3rd March, alongside the Officer Elections. Click here for further guidance.
UPSU will be holding an Open Meeting, at 3pm – 4pm on Tuesday 21st February 2017, giving members the opportunity to discuss this further and ask any questions they may have, which will be attended by Gina Connelly, Chief Executive and Daniel Matthews, Head of HR and Governance.