CUSU operates through a diversity of student elected student members: incorporating six full-time paid sabbatical officers (e.g. president, access) and a wider team of non-paid part time officers (e.g. mental health support, communications officer). Also, there are currently eight long-term employees covering professional services such as business management and student advice.
These officers represent you at University-wide groups and committees through voicing your opinions and concerns. Any policy CUSU admit is implemented by the relevant officers.
(Refer to http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/contacts/#people for a full list and contact info)
Be it a campaign or motion, from a CUSU officer or casual student, if CUSU is going to act on it then it must go through CUSU Council: CUSU’s decision-making and policy-setting body. The Council comprises the JCR and MCR Presidents and External Officers of all the College student Unions, the CUSU Executive (minus Sabbaticals, but including the Women’s Officer), various representatives of autonomous campaigns and members of the Faculty Forum (the association of all the Faculty student reps). Any student may attend CUSU Council, propose motions and amendments – but only Council members can vote.
Policy passed at CUSU Council can be over-ruled only if found illegal or by a referendum of all members of CUSU (not just voting members). Otherwise, the executive is constitutionally bound to do the will of CUSU Council.
Council is held fortnightly; the dates and venues can be found at http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/union/council/.