Special resolution notice
This page contains important information about a special resolution and our AGM.
Notice is hereby given that a General Meeting of London School of Economics Students' Union will be held online at 4pm on the 30th April 2021.
Zoom link is https://lse.zoom.us/j/82898257695
Background: We are amending the Union's articles of association, as they are outdated and don’t allow us to respond to the changing needs of our members. You can find an explanation of these changes here.
In order to do this, we will need to obtain consent from the London School of Economics and the Charity Commission. We are also in the process of taking legal advice on the amendments to make sure that they are legal and fit for purpose. Very occasionally Companies House requires amendments before it will file amendments to articles of association.
It is possible that some further amendments will be required to the current draft but we think this is unlikely. To save the expense of a second vote for what are likely to be minor administrative amendments, we are asking you to approve the articles of association as they are, but also to give us authority to make any minor administrative amendments which may be required or advised by the London School of Economics, the Charity Commission, Companies House, or our lawyers.
At the general meeting, you will be asked to consider and vote on the resolution below which will be proposed as a special resolution:
"IT IS RESOLVED, subject to obtaining any necessary consent from The London School of Economics and the Charity Commission, to amend the Company's articles of association by deleting them in their entirety and replacing them with the articles of association to be initialled by the Chair of Trustees as the final version, which are available here and to give the Trustees of the Union the authority to make any such additional minor administrative amendments as may be required or advised by The London School of Economics, the Charity Commission, Companies House, or the Union's legal advisers."
What if I want to vote but can't make the meeting?
If you prefer, you can appoint someone else to attend and vote in your place (a proxy). If you would like to appoint the Chair– and you can tell them how to vote on your behalf- this can be done below
No elections are currently running
You have until Thursday 29 April 2021 11:59:59pm.
The Chair cannot speak on your behalf at the meeting, so if you would like to speak at the general meeting, you must either attend in person, or you can appoint a different person to speak and vote on your behalf (a proxy) by emailing email@example.com with your proxy’s name and LSE student ID number. For a proxy appointment to be valid, your email must be received by no later than 24 hours before the general meeting starts. You may change your proxy instruction at any time by informing the Union in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 24 hours before the general meeting starts. If you have appointed a proxy but then decide to attend on the day, you must tell us at the general meeting so that we don't count your vote twice.
Do I have to vote?
No, but we need enough students to vote to make the decision valid. If not enough students vote, we won't be able to make the changes. We have made it as easy as possible for you to vote by providing the ability to vote on the new articles of association online (via proxy).
Email email@example.com if you have questions.
Annual General Meeting
Our AGM (Annual General Meeting) is a chance for you to hold your Students’ Union to account and is taking place via Zoom on April 30th at 4pm. The zoom link is https://lse.zoom.us/j/82898257695
During the AGM there will be an opportunity to vote on our special resolution (details above). We will also tell you what we did last year to improve your experience at LSE, as well as the areas we need to get better at. You will hear about our financial position and have the opportunity to influence how we spend our money going forwards. Our trustees will also be ready to answer your questions and hear your feedback.
Why is the Annual General Meeting (AGM) important to me?
No matter your year of study, department or your stance on the SU, the AGM is beneficial for all students to attend:
- Maybe you have no idea or awareness of the Students' Union.
This is the best way to find out who we are and what we do first hand from the leaders of the organisation.
- Maybe you're involved or part of the Students' Union in some way.
Whether that be part of our clubs and societies or as a PTO or campaigner - the AGM is the time to acknowledge what we have achieved and to help determine the course of the SU's growth.
- Maybe you have some concerns about us?
This is a great opportunity to question and challenge your SU and it's governance.
- The best reason to attend?
You get first hand experience of how an organisation is run, what challenges there are and what works. Who knows, one day you could be running your own Annual General Meeting!
- Quorum Check
- What is an AGM?
- Ratification of the previous AGM
- Special resolution
- Receive Trustees Report & Strategic Priorities Update
- Receive 2019/20 Accounts
- Appointments of the Auditors
- Review and Approve list of affiliations
- How should we spend our money?
- Open questions to the Trustees by the members
Documents in advance