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We are a democratic organisation, which means that students set the agenda. Some of the most direct ways this is done is through the General Assembly and Referenda, which all students can get involved in. The General Assembly and Referenda give students the power to direct the officers/Union in what it should be doing and what opinions and actions it should take on important issues.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is where all students come together to discuss important issues to students, education and wider society. This is the largest democratic body of the Students’ Union with hundreds of students debating and taking decisions on what their Students’ union should be doing.

All students can vote at a General Assembly. The next meeting is taking place on 11 October. You can see the contact details and deadlines for motions here.

Details of the meeting will be posted on this page once they have been finalised. 

Interested in what happened at the last General Assembly but couldn’t make it? We did a live blog of the meeting - check it out here

Any student can ask to have an issue debated at the General Assembly through a motion,. If you are interested in submitting a motion for a future general assembly, or to Union Council, get in touch with us so we can help with anything you may need to be aware of. Find out how to submit a motion for students to vote on here.


Thursday 11 October 2018

Thursday 15 November 2018

Monday 21 January 2019

Monday 18 February 2019


Tuesday 10 October 2017

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Tuesday 20 February 2018


Tuesday 11 October 2016: Welcome General Assembly

Tuesday 13 December 2016: General Assembly

Tuesday 24 January 2017: General Assembly

Tuesday 21 February 2017:  Annual General Assembly


Thursday 9 October 2014: Welcome General Assembly

Tuesday 9 December 2014: General Assembly

Tuesday 20 January 2015: General Assembly

Tuesday 3 March 2015: Annual General Assembly


Members’ Meetings Agenda and Minutes 2012-13


Members’ Meetings Agenda and Minutes 2011-12


Referenda take place so that students can vote to decide what the Union should do on important issues and areas. Just like a referendum held by the government, a Union referendum is a question put out to all students where you can decide what our collective position is on important issues that require all students to have their say.

A Referendum was called in October 2017, to debate UCL’s membership of the National Union of Students, but was not quorate. More information on this Referendum can be found here. The most recent Referendum was held in March 2018, to debate Attendance Monitoring at UCL. More information on this Referendum and the results can be found here.

Have a question?

If you have any questions about the General Assembly or Referenda please contact:

Mahmud Rahman
Democracy, Operations & Community Officer

020 76797949 

Union Chair