Eighteen months ago we tore up the rule book and completely started again - we're an SU, but with the culture of a start-up.

Together we're on a mission to become the world's most student-centred organisation and we've started by finding new ways of putting our members in control of everything we do. 

They choose what we stock in our supermarket by writing on a tag and pinning it to the wall. They decide our position on key issues by dropping off a token in our vote boxes while they're grabbing lunch.  

And by creating new, super accessible methods of representation we're giving members the chance to use the SU as a platform to achieve real change. 

Because at Essex, you're not just a member of a Students' Union, you're part of a family: