Union hacks often use words, phrases, initialisms, and acronyms that few other people understand. Here's a list to help you.
Affiliated: societies that have completed the Union affiliation process.
AGM: Annual General Meeting, something affiliated societies and subcommittees hold once a year to elect committee members.
AOCB: Any Other Competent Business, usually included at the end of meetings for the discussion of any other issues.
Association: see Students' Association.
Association Councils: the group of elected officers who represent students. Synonymous with Joint Councils. Often referred to as "Councils".
AU: Athletic Union. Part of Saints Sport, along with the University's Department of Sport and Exercise. Not quite the same as the Sports Centre.
AU Pres: Athletic Union President, one of the sabbs.
Barron: a student theatre on North Street, managed by the Union.
Badger: a drink available in Main Bar, involving Guinness and white VK.
Board: see SAB
Carve-up: to choose someone from within a group. Used within Councils to elect positions such as SRC Senior Officer. Compare with co-option.
Casual vacancy: a committee position which becomes available partway through its term. Reasons for this may include the resignation, disqualification, or death of the previous holder.
Chair: someone who convenes and leads a meeting.
Class Rep: a student elected to represent views of other students taking a module.
Club 601: the Union's nightclub.
Constitution: a document outlining the fundamental purpose and procedures of an organisation. The Union has a constitution, as do all affiliated groups.
Convenor: a student appointed to run a subcommittee through interview, rather than election. View the full list of officers.
Co-option ("co-opt"): to appoint someone to membership of a group, by invitation of the existing members. Used within Councils to fill positions that become vacant. Compare with carve-up.
Councillor: a student who sits on Councils, either through election or interview. View the full list of officers.
Councils: see Association Councils
DoEd: Director of Education, one of the sabbs.
DoES: Director of Events and Services, one of the sabbs.
DoSDA: Director of Student Development and Activities, one of the sabbs.
DoWell: Director of Wellbeing, one of the sabbs.
EDF: Education Discretionary Fund. Supports School Presidents and Class Reps in promoting academic representation.
EDI: Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion.
EduCom: Education Committee.
EGM: Extraordinary General Meeting. Affiliated groups might call an EGM if they need to fill a committee position, and can't wait for their AGM.
Elections: in March each year, around 60 students are elected to represent the student population in St Andrews. Find more info at Elections.
Ents: a subcommittee of student volunteers, who organise tech for all events within the Union.
Exec: see SAEC.
FiEld: a grass area behind the Union.
GNS: Governance, Nominations, and Staffing. A group within SAB which discusses matters concerning how the Association functions.
HLM: Honorary Life Membership. Awarded to 50 students each year, for outstanding contribution to the student experience.
In camera: the part of a meeting which is only open to committee members.
JC: Joint Councils. The SRC and SAF together form JC. Joint Councils is responsible for voting on motions on behalf of the student population. Synonymous with Association Councils.
Laws: rules governing the operation of the Association.
Lay trustee: a member of SAB who is neither a sabb nor University staff.
Member: any member of the Students' Association. Usually interchangeable with "current students", but can apply to staff, life members, or reciprocal members. Find out more at Membership.
Motion: a document submitted to Councils, asking the Students' Association to address, support, or denounce an issue.
Officer: a student elected to Councils. View the full list of officers.
Pablo: two shots of vodka and a VK.
President: one of the sabbs, responsible for student representation, press, and the public image of the Students' Association. Not in charge of everything; title of "President" is misleading.
Proctor: University Vice-Principal, responsible for learning and teaching.
Provost: University Vice-Principal, responsible for postgraduate education and research.
Quaestor: University Vice-Principal, responsible for professional services such as IT Services, Estates, Legal, Sport, and Finance.
Rector: a member of University Court, elected by students.
RON: Re-Open Nominations. In any student election, you will have the option to vote for RON. If RON wins, the position will return to being advertised as open for nominations.
SAB: Students' Association Board (also known as "Board").
Sabb: sabbatical officer. A student, elected to take a year out working for students at the Union.
SAEC: Students' Association Executive Committee. A subset of Councils, responsible for deciding HLMs. Often referred to as "Exec".
SAF: Student Activities Forum. The section of Councils responsible for activities. Known as SSC until March 2021.
School President: a student elected to represent student views within their academic school.
Society: (sometimes plural "socs") a group of students with a shared interest. Affiliated societies are supported by the Union, and charge at least £3 per year membership. View the full list at all societies.
SRC: Students' Representative Council. The section of Councils responsible for representation.
SSC: (obsolete) Student Services Council. Renamed to SAF in March 2021. Before this, members had voting rights equal to SRC officers.
StAge: a venue in the Union, with retractable seating and a stage.
StAnd Together: a group focusing on student wellbeing and mutual support.
Standing orders: a set of rules governing the procedures of meetings of a group.
STAR: St Andrews Radio, a subcommittee of the Students' Association. Operates a broadcasting studio within the Union building.
Students' Association: the body responsible for representing students at the University of St Andrews.
STV: Single Transferable Vote, used in Union elections.
Subcommittee: a super society, receiving its funding directly from the Union. All current students are automatically members of all subcommittees. View the list of SRC subcommittees and SAF subcommittees.
SVS: St Andrews Voluntary Service. A subcommittee of the Union.
Trustee: a member of SAB.
Ultra vires: an act which requires legal authority but is done without it.
Union: usually refers to the Union building. Interchangeable with Students' Association in most contexts.
Union hack: you, reading this.
University: the University of St Andrews.
Zero Tolerance Policy: a policy to protect members, staff, and visitors to the Union from harassment and bullying.