A campaign is an action, or series of actions, designed to bring about some form of change
Your 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 Union's Executive Officers.
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Mile End Library Opening Hours Campaign
Last year (2014-15) 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 Union survey stating that they wanted Mile End Library to open 24/7, but unfortunately the necessary funding bid to enable this was unsuccessful.
This year, the Union is continuing the campaign, but will be focusing 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 is only open for 29% of the weekend (currently between 13:00 - 20:00 Sat and Sun). This percentage was compared to other Russel Group Universities, whose percentage starts at 52%. This suggests that QMUL should increase the weekend opening hours, to allow students with many different working patters, or requirements to study at the weekend.
The campaign this year (2015-16) will ask QMUL to:
- Extend the weekend opening hours of the Mile End Library to 08:00 - Midnight (the same hours as weekdays) from Semester 2.
- Increase the opening hours at both Canalside and the Hives to 24/7 with card access for students from Semester 2. (The current opening hours are: Canalside: 08:00 - Midnight and the Hives: 08:00 - 22:00).
- Look into funding 24/7 opening hours from next year (2016-17).
If you support these asks then please make sure you sign our petition by following the link below. It would also be helpful if you could send any statements as to why you think the library opening hours should be extended to the Students' Union President, Carolina Mantzalos firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mile End Library has agreed to introduce a pilot of extended weekend opening hours, as a result of campaigning from students and the hard work of your Executive Officers over the past few years.
The new weekend hours (8am to midnight) will run from the 1st of February until 29th of March 2016.
The trial will end on the 29th of March, when the library will become 24/7 until the 3rd of June. Remember this is a trial period, so please support it by using the library during these new hours to keep this in place for the future!
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. QMSU 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.
The NUS has successfully secured a Parliamentary debate and vote tomorrow on the scrapping of maintenance grants, Tuesday 19th at 1.30pm. Please help us get as many MPs to attend to speak and vote against the scrapping of grants! Below you will find a few ways that you can contact your MPs:
Tweet your MP: Click Here
Write to your MP: Click Here
Email your MP: 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 email@example.com.