Union Policy

Find out about the Union Policy here!

What is it?

Policy is made by debating and passing a motion though Student Council, the annual student meeting or referendum.Bye-Law amendments are also proposed, debated and passed in the same way.

Policy outlines what the Union’s stance on a particular issue and what actions the Union should take to attempt to resolve it.

The Officer Lead is the Elected Officer who is working on the policy. You can contact them for more information or to get involved in working to achive the policy. This page will be regularly updated and Officers will report back on progress at Student Council, where you can also ask them questions about policy.

Have a policy idea? Submit it to the next Student Council

 

Current Policy

Policy Passed in February 2018 - Lapses February 2020

Policy Progress Officer Lead

Should the Student Union support the University and College Union strike over pensions?

In Progress President
Should the Union lobby university management to protect grade results during the strike? In Progress President
Should the university guarantee IT equipment be bought from sustainable sources? Complete President
Should the union commit to direct action against the University until adequate funding for the ‘Queen Mary, University of London Bursary’ is restored?   VP Welfare
Should QMSU recognise the GMB as the student staff trade union?   President
Should the Union endeavour to take action to ensure that both they, and the university adequately represent and support students on co-taught problems between SBCS and SMD? In Progress President/VP Barts and The London
Should the union amend Bye-Law 10 Elections? Procedural Motion Passed to put the question to a referendum  
Should the positions of LGBT+ representative, BME Representative, Women's Representative, and Trans Representative be elected only by self-identifying members of these liberation groups? Passed - Must Return as a Bye-Law change and be approved by the Board of Trustees to take effect  

 

Policy Passed in January 2018 - Lapses January 2020

Policy Progress Officer Lead
Should the university abolish the £50 administration fee for Postgraduate Taught students who want to pay in instalments?  In Progress VP Education

Should council members be allowed to cast their vote by proxy on sensitive topics discussed at future student council meetings?

Passed - Must Return as a Bye-Law change to take effect President
Should students donate unwanted items?  Complete - Students will be able to donate unwanted iitems President
Should the Gozo President be a member of Student Council? In Progress - Must be Passed by Board of Trustees to take effect VP Barts and The London
Should the SU end the current policy boycotting the NSS?  Complete - The SU will not boycott the NSS VP Education
Disabilities and Specific Learning difficulties: Setting a higher standard. Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress VP Welfare
The Union to standardise prices across retail shops and cafes for refrigerated grab and go bought-in products. Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress President
The Union to lobby QMUL to ensure it publically supports being subject to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress President
Whistleblowing processes should be better organised and advertised to BL students Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress VP Barts and The London
Student representation on QMUL College Council Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress President
The Union to lobby the university to keep Dawson Accommodation Rooms for BL Students Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress VP Barts and The London
The Union to sanction an ongoing initiative for improving security for students and the wider community Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress President/VP Barts and The London
Disabilities and Specific Learning difficulties: Setting a higher standard. Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress VP Welfare
Ban Payday Loan Companies from Campus  Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete President
Affiliation to UKCISA Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete President
Affiliate to London Nightline  Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete VP Welfare
Large Print and Braille Menus in Union Premises  Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress President
The Union should put pressure on the university to mandate QReview lecture recordings Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress VP Welfare/VP Education
The Union should lobby the university to provide travel expenses for clinical year Course Representatives to attend SSLC meetings Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress VP Barts and The London
Student-Led Welcome Fair Allocations Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete President
Student Council Motion Deadline Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete President
Profit-Free Periods Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress VP Welfare
Joint Ticketing for Part Time Officers Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete President
Impartial Pastoral Care Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress VP Education
Further Barriers to Postgraduate Education Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress VP Education
Financial Incentives Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete President
Block Booking Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete VP Welfare
Vegetarian and Vegan Food Labeling Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress President
Sanitary Products Motion Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete, Scheme was Piloted VP Welfare
Promoting the work of the Board of Trustees Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete President
Improving safety on Mile End road - Supporting the SaveME Campaign Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress President
Accessibility Training for Societies and Student Groups Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete, Included in Society and Student Group Training 2017 VP Welfare
Student Media Sustainability Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress President
QMSU Block Grant Policy Renewed in 2018 - Complete President
Twin with Islamic Uni of Gaza Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress President
Diversifying Food Choice on Campus Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress President
Community Campus Noticeboards Policy Renewed 2018 - In Progress President

 

Policy Passed in November 2017 - Lapses November 2019

Policy Progress Officer Lead
Should the Union commit to eliminating single-use plastic straws from all venues before the start of next academic year? Complete - The SU will be using biodegradable straws President
Should the Union extend Meat-Free Mondays to the whole month of January to re-launch the scheme? In Progress President
Should the Union make it compulsory for two members of the committee of each student organisation to go to student organisation tailored consent workshops? In Progress - Consent Workshops are being planned for September 2018 VP Welfare
Should the Union celebrate Islamophobia Awareness Month every year? In Progress VP Welfare
Should the Union provide lockers for Students? In Progress VP Welfare
Should the Union have student council on different days in the week? In Progress - Council have been consulted on the Meeting Dates VP Welfare
Should the Union lobby the university to create nap pods or generally napping areas? Not Passed- Passed to Welfare Zone for consideration VP Welfare
Should the positions of LGBT+ representative, BME Representative, Women's Representative and Trans Representitive be elected only by self-identifying members of these liberation groups? Not Passed - Referred to Annual Student Meeting VP Welfare

 

Policy Passed in October 2017 - Lapses October 2019

Policy Progress  Officer Lead
Should QMSU Lobby QMUL to install sanitary bins in all male toilets around campus for the Transgender Community? In Progress VP Welfare
All Toilets in QMSU Buildings to have provisions for both purchasing individual sanitary projects and disposal of sanitary projects In Progress VP Welfare
Rights of Passage Should be Held in St Pauls Cathedral Again this year Complete - Rites of Passage will be held in St Pauls Cathedral VP Barts and The London

Should the Union Amend Bye-Law 8 - Student Representatives and Part-time Officers

Not Passed- Passed to Welfare Zone for consideration VP Welfare

 

Policy Passed in May 2017 - Lapses May 2019

Policy Progress Officer Lead
The Union should encourage societies and sports clubs to actively and transparently engage in the QMBL elections  Replaced by Policy from June 2017 - No Longer Live Policy President
The Union should lobby the University to provide more water fountains across campus Complete President
The Union should set up a working group to formulate bye-laws to bring to Student Council for the recognition of QMBL clubs In Progress President

 

Policy Passed in February 2017 - Lapses February 2019

Policy Progress Officer Lead
The Union should amend Disabilities and Specific Learning difficulties: a Higher Standard policy Complete - Policy Amended VP Welfare
The Union should amend Accessibility Training for Societies and Student Groups policy Complete - Included in Society and Student Group Training 2017 VP Welfare
The Union should implement Disabled Go In Progress VP Welfare
The Union should provide training and perks to BLSA non-representative roles Complete - Perks and training provided in 2017 VP Barts and The London
The Union should investigate how it might support student housing cooperatives In Progress VP Welfare
The Union should install a sanitary products machine in the BLSA building Complete - Sanitary Machine Installed VP Barts and The London
The Union should commit to oppose Prevent and support groups that campaign against it Complete - The Union will oppose Prevent President

 

Policy Passed in December 2016 - Lapses December 2018

Policy Progress Officer Lead
The Union should not make profit for select newspapers in its outlets Complete VP Welfare
The Union should boycott the National Student Survey Replaced by more up to date policy President

 

Policy Passed in November 2016 - Lapses November 2018

Policy Progress Officer Lead
The Union should take action on racism Partially Passed, Complete VP Welfare

 

Policy Passed in October 2016 - Lapses October 2018

Policy Progress Officer Lead
The Union to ban prevention of use of electronic devices during teaching Complete VP Education
The Union to lobby University on providing prayer space Complete President
The Union to allocate policy to relevant staff and Executive officers Complete President
The Union to provide alcohol-free spaces and events Complete VP Welfare
The Union holding Rites of Passage in St. Pauls in 2016/17 Complete VP Barts and The London
The Union's use of BLSA brand Complete VP Barts and The London
The Union's Whitechapel Welcome Fair allocations Complete VP Barts and The London
The Union and approval times for external speakers Complete President

 

Policy Passed in April 2016 - Lapses April 2018

Policy Name Progress Officer Lead
The Union to supply Barts & the London branded clothing In Progress VP Barts and The London
The Union to investigate staff Mental Health support In Progress VP Welfare
The Union to campaign against Prevent In Progress VP Welfare
The Union to support Fossil Fuel Divestment In Progress President