Scrutiny Committees

We are now seeking applications from students to join the Scrutiny Committee of the Students' Union. 

You can apply here or read below for more information

Overview of the role

Scrutiny Committee question and holdto account the full time sabbatical officers on the progress they are making towards:>

  • Fulfilling their manifesto pledges
  • Achieving policy of the students’ union
  • Attendance at appropriate meetings and that their time is being well spent in these.

They also help the Sabbatical Officers when making decisions and encourage them to consider different perspectives. 

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

You would be asked to read 5 short reports before attending a pre-meet

The pre-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 full time sabbatical officers.

Following the pre- meeting you will then attend an open meeting which the officers attend and ask the questions that were agreed. 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 recommend/ 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. This training is done in partnership with both Manchester Students’ Union and Manchester City Council and is delivered in the Manchester City Council Chambers.

Training will provide members with an overview of what scrutiny is and will also ensure you are clear on how the pre-meet, open meeting, 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
  • 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 Officers of the Students’ Union are fulfilling their obligation to University of Salford students’.

What is the time commitment for this role?

You would be required to attend 5 scrutiny committee meetings and 5 pre-meetings per year. Pre-meetings will usually take place immediately before a committee meeting.

Before each pre-meeting you would be asked to read 5 officer reports which you will receive 5 working days before the pre-meeting.

Pre-meetings last 1.5 hours at most and often run shorter. Committee meetings usually run for approx. 2-2.5 hours.

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

You will be asked when you start the role to disclose any societies, groups or other SU activity that you have either been involved in or are currently involved in.

Any more questions?

Contact the Head of Student Voice, Lauren Beckett if you’d like a further discussion about the role.

Meeting Dates 2018/19

  • Meeting 1: Week of 29th November
  • Meeting 2: Week of 31st January
  • Meeting 3: Week of 21st March
  • Meeting 4: Week of 6th May
  • Meeting 5: Week of 12th August


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