Leeds University Union (LUU) is the representative body for the students at the University of Leeds, England. Aside from representing students, the union includes numerous shops and bars as well as an award-winning nightclub. Leeds University Union is one of the largest students' unions in the UK.
'Union Books' is a large bookshop, and one of the only in the country to be privately run by the union.
Retails outlets include a small clothes shop, a gift shop, and a shop selling Leeds University merchandise.
Within the union is also a hairdressers, opticians, smoothie bar, game room, 'Wrappid' and Cornish Pastie takeaways.
Joblink advertises job vacancies in the city and has free-use computers.
In 2004, controversially, a smoking ban was enacted in the Old Bar. Profits fell so much that the ban had to be lifted. The Old Bar was then divided into smoking and non-smoking sections but is now entirely non-smoking; in line with the national smoking ban.
In September 2006, Mine was successful in winning a BEDA award for the best Student Union venue of 2006.
LUU has its own theatre, the Riley Smith Hall. This venue has a capacity of 400 seated (including 100 on the balcony) and in late 2005 underwent a major refurbishment, the first for many years. This has provided a much-needed renovation of the three dressing rooms as well as construction of an internal box office and other storage. The Riley Smith Hall is used constantly throughout the year by LUU's many societies, most notably the performing societies who produce a number of shows varying from musicals to theatrical plays and dance performances.
The Riley Smith Hall is also the main venue for the Backstage society; the society is involved with the technical and stage management side for the majority of performance-related shows which take place in the hall.
Many famous bands have played at the University Refectory, including The Who (who recorded Live at Leeds there originally in 1970, and returned in June 2006 to recreate the original show), Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and more recently Muse (recorded and played on MTV), The Strokes, Bloc Party, Manic Street Preachers, K.T. Tunstall, Arctic Monkeys, The Coral and Paul Weller (comprehensive gig list available from the LUU site ).
Various other paper-based publications are produced, including The Document and The Gist, which provide up-to-date information on events and news about LUU. LUU also funds the production Lippy magazine, which is the Union's Women's magazine. Lippy is staffed entirely by students and produces a small number of issues each year.
LUU has a student radio station, LSRfm.com (or visit LSRfm.com), which frequently wins national student radio awards. LSRfm.com is widely active in LUU, hosting a number of LSRfm.com-associated events including The Blow Out (a monthly jazz night in Mine). Despite LSRfm.com not being successful in winning an FM licence for 2007, it retains LSRfm.com as its website and streams audio regularly through this. It also has a 'drive' show, between 4-6pm on weekdays, believed to be a first for an internet based radio station. The LSRfm.com coordinator for 2008-2009 was not an elected position but was appointed through an interview process, with the successful candidate being Dan Hudson
There is also an internal TV station, ls:tv, which broadcasts on televisions located around the Union building including in the Terrace, the Old Bar and in Game On. LS:TV broadcast live every Wednesday during term-time from their studio next to the Old Bar. Their weekly show includes The Essential (news), LSfix (entertainment) as well as drama, comedy, factual and documentaries. LS:TV have been successful in winning awards through the student TV association NaSTA winning 8 awards in 2007 including best broadcaster. LS:TV also recently won the award for most involved society at the annual Riley Awards. Selected programmes from LS:TV can be viewed online.
A full list of student activities can be found on the LUU main website (see External links).
Following the Review, LUU drew up a three-page plan to outline the plans based on this for the three years from 2006-2009. A number of changes have been carried out already in 2006 - mainly to the structure and layout of the building (the relocation of some retail units, and a refurbishment of Stylus and Pulse).
The foundation ideology of the union is that the students of the University of Leeds have control of the union. This works by using an inverted pyramid of power - the members of the union (students) at the top, then the Union Council, the Student Executive Committee, then the Union Managers, then the staff at the bottom.
Leeds University Union also allows non-members to use its facilities, however on an evening members must show their union card to at least one member of the two door staff. Both door staff have the requisite accreditation from the Security Industry Authority, and as such, have undertaken at least 30 hours of training.
Executive officers operate in two capacities:
Current Student Executive Team
The proposals passed at November referendum sees the student executive team restructured ino the following:
Communications and Internal affairs Officer
Equality and Diversity Officer
Jack Straw, former Foreign Secretary, was famously President of Leeds University Union in 1967-68. Whilst President, Straw played a role in leading a student sit-in in June 1968. In 2000, a motion was passed at the LUU Annual General Meeting strongly criticisng Straw, the then Home Secretary, for his part in the Asylum and Immigration Bill, the attempted removal of trial by jury (for some defendants) and legal aid in many cases, the anti-terrorism bill, the curfew on teenagers, mandatory drug testing for criminal suspects, and his attitude towards cannabis and tuition fees. Simon Rothstein, who proposed the motion, noted that the organisations that have condemned Straw included the Bar Council. He also pointed out that Mrs Thatcher had said, "I trust Jack Straw. He is a very fair man." The motion revoked Jack Straw's life membership of the union, banned him from the union building and called on the university to withdraw Straw's honorary degree.
In September 2007, the Communications and Internal Affairs Officer, Neil Mackenzie, put forward a motion to reinstate Jack Straw's name on the Presidents' Board in the Old Bar, but this fell at Union Council. In November 2007, a motion was put to a referendum of the entire student body over whether to reinstate Jack Straw's membership of the union and have his name returned to the Presidents' Board. The motion passed by 1,175 votes to 423, meaning Jack Straw's life membership will soon be reinstated and his name returned to the board of former Presidents.
|1||"Lobby for Activities Groups to have Access to the Refectory"||Lobby the University to allow the Union's activities groups use of the refectory.||To be discussed at UC (Motion 3)|
|2||"Affiliation to Stop the War"||Steering Committee Rejected (Late)|
|3||"Should this Union support a re-evaluation of the decision to close Bodington Hall?"||To be discussed at UC (Motion 4)|
|4||"End the Siege in Gaza"||Steering Committee Rejected (Late)|
|5||"Don't renew the LUU No Platform policy"||Replace the policy of No Platform with allowing all groups onto campus for debate and guest lectures, but explicitly not allow the recruitment of members from previously banned groups.||To be discussed at UC (Motion 2)|
|6||"Should LUU lobby the University for home fees to apply to refugees?||Lobby the University to allow all refugees and asylum seekers to be charged at the home fees rate, rather than the international rate.||To be discussed at UC (Motion 8)|
|7||"ID Cards"||To be discussed at UC (Motion 6)|
|8||"Lads Mags behind the counter"||Place all 'Lads Mags' behind the counter citing as perpetuating gender discrimination.||To be discussed at UC (Motion 11)|
|9||"Mature Students Room"||Steering Committee Rejected (Late)|
|10||"No Platform Policy"||Renew the No Platform policy and extend it to forbid Fascist students from playing an active part in Union life.||Steering Committee Rejected (Late)|
|11||"Oppose the NUS Governance Review"||To be discussed at UC (Motion 10)|
|12||"Stop the Royal Bank of Scotland/Natwest funding climate change"||To be discussed at UC (Motion 5)|
|13||"Should our university accept from military companies and carry out their research?"||To be discussed at UC (Motion 7)|
|14||"Should the Union Support the respect for the basic liberties of its members"||Steering Committee Rejected (Late)|
|15||"Should Landlords Be Held To Account?"||Steering Committee Rejected (Already Policy)|
|16||"Should LUU reduce noise levels from music and plasma screens The Old Bar"||Reduce noise levels from music and encourage the sound from plasma screens to be turned off whenever possible.||To be discussed at UC (Motion 1)|
|17||"Stopping the sale of cigarettes"||Permanently stop the sale of cigarettes||Steering Committee Rejected (Financially Damaging)|
|18||"More support for working students"||To be discussed at UC (Motion 9)|
|1||"Should the Union shop increase the range of 99p sandwiches which is currently in decline?"||Increase the range of 99p sandwiches in the Union shop citing financial pressures on students as the motivation.||Passed as Motion 3|
|2||"Increasing Representation at Leeds University Union"||Re-introduce General Meetings and ensure that only issues which directly affect students are put out to referenda.||Fell at Union Council|
|3||"Should Jack Straw's name and membership to Leeds University Union be reinstated?"||Reinstate Jack Straw's honorary life membership of LUU and restore his name to the Presidents Board in the Old Bar||Passed as Motion 2|
|4||"Nestlé Boycott"||Continue the ban of Nestlé products in the Union citing only minor human rights improvement on Nestlé's part as the reason||Passed as Motion 4|
|5||"Paper Bags, Not Plastic"||Replace plastic bags with paper bags in the union shops citing environmental reasons.||Passed as Motion 1|
|Motion 1 "The Executive Restructure"||1421||368||1789|
|Motion 2 "Palestinian Students’ Right to Education"||1433||1020||2453|
|Motion 3 "Leeds Student"||1478||292||1770|
|Motion 4 "Action"||1625||394||2019|
|Motion 5 "LUU Policy towards PSG and Other Politically Active Societies"||1421||895||2316|