Scrutiny Committee

Scrutiny Committee question and hold to account the full and part time elected officers on:
  • Fulfilling their manifesto pledges
  • Achieving policy of the students’ union that has been assigned to them
  • Attendance at appropriate meetings and that their time is being well spent in these.
  • Areas where they are going above and beyond their role

They also help the Exec Officers when making decisions and encourage them to consider different perspectives. Outside of working with the officers, Scrutiny Committee also approve our election rules, facilitate Student Council, ensure Student Council reps are regularly attending meetings, and on occasion, oversee changes to the by-laws.

What will I be asked to do as part of this role?

  • You would be asked to read the officer reports before attending a committee meeting.
  • The committee meeting will allow you and other members of the committee the chance to discuss the reports and decide, based on the information provided in these reports, what questions you would like to ask the officers.
  • Following the committee meeting the Scrutiny Committee will then meet, joined by an exec officer from another union, and a member of Student Council. This comprises the Scrutiny Panel. Each elected officer will attend the Panel in turn and you will get the opportunity to discuss with them their progress on the work they promised to do, as well as ask the questions that were agreed during the committee meeting. Based on the responses you will score the officer in relation to the level of progress you think they have made.
  • On conclusion of this meeting you will discuss your scores as a committee and finalise any recommendations/ suggestions you would like to make to the officer team.
  • The score is accompanied by a comment of praise or areas of improvement and is published on the Students’ Union website.

What training would I receive?

All committee members receive training before they start the role.

Training will provide members with an overview of what scrutiny is and will also ensure you are clear on how the committee meetings, Scrutiny Panels, ratings and reports work. You will be given more information on the skills you will need to display in the role as well as the experience you will gain from taking part.

Ongoing support for committee members will be provided throughout the year.

What skills and knowledge would I get from this role?

  • Analysing papers and reports
  • Asking exploratory questions
  • Planning and time management
  • Team work
  • Analytical skills
  • Experience in consensus decision making

What values or personalities might be suited to this role?

You may wish to carry out this role if it is important to you that the Elected officers of the Students’ Union are fulfilling their obligation to students at the University of Leicester. You may also simply want to find out a little bit more about the Elected Officers do on a day to day basis. 

What is the time commitment for this role?

You will have a committee meeting before every Council, which occurs roughly once a month. These meetings are around an hour long.

You will also attend committee meetings to read over the officer reports – these are usually two 2-hour meetings a few weeks before Scrutiny Panel. There are three Scrutiny panels in a year for exec officers and two for part time officers. Scrutiny panels for exec officers are held in the evening, over two 3-hour slots (each individual panel lasting one hour). Panels for part time officers can take place during the day or evening, and half an hour is allocated to each part time officer.

Are there any conflicts of interest I need to consider before I run for the role?

If you are elected onto scrutiny committee, you are unable to hold a position as a Network rep. You will also have to veto any voting rights you hold at Student Council, should you sit on the committee for a student group.

Nominations Now Open - Interested in running for this position?

Elections for this role are now open with nominations closing at 3.00pm on Friday 9 October,  if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the role, email our Democracy and Liberation Coordinator at mm908@leicester.ac.uk 

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