A campaign is an action, or series of actions, designed to bring about some form of change.
Your Students' Union campaigns to improve the student experience and lives of our students on issues of concern to students locally, nationally and internationally.
Our campaigns are led by you, our members, so if you feel there is an issue that we should be working on get in touch with one of the Students' Union's Executive Officers.
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Mile End Library Opening Hours Campaign
In 2015-16 the Students' Union ran a campaign to increase the Mile End Library opening hours to 24/7 all year round. Over 2,600 students responded to a Students' Union survey stating that they wanted Mile End Library to open 24/7, but unfortunately the necessary funding bid to enable this was unsuccessful.
Last year, the Students' Union continued the campaign, but focused on a staged approach. A letter written by undergraduate and postgraduate students was received by the Students’ Union requesting that Library hours be extended and highlighting that Mile End Library was only open for 29% of the weekend (between 13:00 - 20:00 Sat and Sun). This percentage was compared to other Russel Group Universities, whose percentage starts at 52%. This suggested that Queen Mary should increase the weekend opening hours, to allow students with many different working patters, or requirements to study at the weekend.
Mile End Library has introduced 24 hour opening hours in termtime, as a result of campaigning from students and the hard work of your Executive Officers over the past few years.
The current Government is planning to scrap maintenance grants for full-time Higher Education students in England and replace them with a loans-based system. This would be a move that would end non-repayable state support offered to hundreds of thousands of students from lower income households every year and saddle poorer students with more debt.
This could impact hundreds of thousands of students from poorer backgrounds studying in England. the Students' Union's Executive Officers have been writing and meeting the local MPs to lobby them to oppose these proposed changes.
To read the full campaign and to get involved, click here.
LGBT+ Inclusion in Sport Campaign
On the 8th December 2015, at the Annual Student Meeting, a motion passed for QMSU to run a campaign on LGBT+ Inclusion in Sport. Since then, the LGBT+ and Sport Officers from both campuses have been working with the President to set up a campaign that will link with both LGBT History Month and Merger Cup. The aim of this campaign is to improve the accessibility in sport for LGBT+ students at QMUL.
Students playing in sport fixtures at Merger Cup will be wearing rainbow coloured accessories to show support of tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport, making sport a more inclusive community. There will be the opportunity for both students and staff at QMUL to sign a pledge for LGBT+ Inclusion. If you want to sign the pledge then please see below!
Students on Student Council and in Club Sport have gotten together and will be running a photograph campaign, showing their support for LGBT+ Inclusion in Sport. If you want to have a look at these photos, then please follow this link to the QMSU Facebook Page here.
If you are interested in getting involved then please email the SU President, Carolina Mantzalos, on firstname.lastname@example.org.