Education Act 1994

Education Act 1994 – Important Information regarding the Students’ Union

In accordance with Section 22(4)(b) of the Education Act 1994 the University, in conjunction with the Students‘ Union, wishes to draw the attention of all members to a number of important provisions that are contained within the Union’s constitution. These are:-

  • Union resources should be used only for the charitable purposes of the Students’ Union. The charitable purposes of the Students’ Union are defined by the Memorandum and Articles of Incorporation as:
  • Promoting the interests and welfare of Students at the University of Leicester during their course of study and representing, supporting and advising Students;
  • Being the recognised representative channel between Students and the University of Leicester and any other external bodies
  • Providing social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities, and forums for discussions and debate for the personal development of its students.
  • All students have the right to opt out of membership of the Students’ Union and will not as a result be disadvantaged through this. The University is satisfied that the range of services provided by the University and the Union for all students (whether members of the Union or not) are sufficient to ensure that non-members are not unfairly disadvantaged within the meaning of the Education Act 1994. If students wish to opt out of membership they should email the Union’s Deputy Director of Membership Services, Ian Bruce ( )
  • The Education Act 1994 also outlines several additional expectations of the Students’ Union and these are drawn together in the Code of Practice which can be found on page 109 of the Students’ Union Constitution here
  • The University’s Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech can be found on page 117 of the Students’ Union constitution and is also published on the Governance section of the University’s website.

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