How we're run

Liverpool Guild of Students is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee which is governed by a Board of Trustees, who hold the ultimate responsibility for everything we do. Our Board of Trustees meet at least four times a year to make sure we are working towards or achieving what we say we will.

The Guild is a democratically led organisation with over 22,000 members. Our staff team work together to carry out the objectives set out from our Mission and Vision.

Charitable Purposes

The Guild’s charitable objects are for the advancement of education of Students at the University of Liverpool by:

  1. Providing opportunities for the expression of Student opinion and actively representing, supporting and advising Students;
  2. Acting as the recognised representative channel of communication between Students and the University of Liverpool and other external bodies;
  3. Promoting the interests and welfare of Students at the University of Liverpool;
  4. Facilitating social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities and forums for discussions and debate for the personal development of its Students, and providing services and support for its Students; and
  5. Working with other Students’ Unions and affiliated bodies.


Each year students are given the chance to vote for, and stand to be one of, the four sabbatical officers who run the Guild. Those officers are paid a salary and work full-time at the Guild to represent students and take on the day-to-day decision making of the Guild. The officers also make up one-third of the Board of Trustees, which is chaired by the President.

Any student can also stand to be one our delegates to NUS conference each April; these delegates are elected by the whole student membership.

Change It

Students can submit their ideas for what they’d like to see at the Guild through the Change It section on the Guild website. Straightforward ideas can often be dealt with straight away, more complex ideas will be sent for discussion at Guild Summit, and maybe to a Preferendum for consideration by all students.


The Guild receives most of its funding from the University of Liverpool in the form of a block grant, the Guild also raises some funds through trading (bars, the shop and Starbucks) and a small amount from donations and other grants. As a charity the Guild does not seek to generate profits to pay to shareholders with any surplus funds made put back into running core services. Our audited accounts are published annually and presented to students at our Annual Members Meeting.


The Guild is run in accordance with a number of policies proposed by your student officers, by students through Change It and approved by the Board of Trustees. These commit the Guild to take a position on certain issues which are important to our members. There may also be operational or procedural policies approved by the Board which govern the conduct of our staff and ensure that the Guild complies with its legal obligations.