Students' Union Policy

Find out about Students' 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 Students' Union’s stance on a particular issue and what actions the Students' 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.

QMSU also has embedded policies, which are policies that have been active for more than two years and which Student Council has voted to make permanent. You can find these at the bottom of this page.

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

 

Current Policy

Policy Passed at Student Council February 2020 - Lapses February 2022

Policy Progress Officer Lead
QMSU should condemn the acts of vandalism that took place recently Complete President
The Students’ Union should continue its support for UCU’s industrial action

Complete

President
The Barts and The London Students’ Association President should be in attendance on College Council in addition to Queen Mary Students’ Union President In progress President
The Union should Lobby Barts and The London, School of Medicine and Dentistry to Improve its Raising Concerns Process In progress VP Barts and The London
The Union should lobby the University to abolish the £50 instalment fee for international students In progress VP Education
Changes in Queen Mary Campus - Library Bathrooms   VP Welfare
Changes in Queen Mary Campus – Computers in the Library   VP Education
Changes in Queen Mary Campus – Library in Mile End Opening Hours   VP Education
The Students’ Union should lobby the University to install Bidets   VP Welfare
The Union should prioritise policies   President
The Union should send the agenda to all students   President
The Union’s Executive Committee should Vet Student Group Affiliations and External Bookings   President
The Union should Diversify the Food Choice on Campus   VP Welfare
The Union should play Quest Radio in all Outlets   President
The Union should label Vegetarian and Vegan Food in all of its Outlets   VP Welfare
The Students' Union should reserve the Blomeley Rooms on Fridays from 12:30pm to 2pm for Friday prayer Complete VP Welfare

 

Policy Passed at Student Council November 2019 - Lapses November 2021

Policy Progress Officer Lead
QMSU should lobby the university to provide subtitling on Qreview videos   VP Education
Technology of Q-Review requires updating

 

VP Education
Toilets should have specialist/new bins   VP Welfare
QMSU should lobby the University to implement a Housing Guarantor Scheme   VP Education
QMSU should declare a climate emergency, and lobby the University to do the same   President
QMSU should publicly acknowledge its own issues of institutional racism alongside lobbying for the University to do the same   VP Welfare
QMSU should support UCU during the Strikes   President
QMSU should change references of BME to BAME    President
QMSU should lobby the university to mandate compulsory Consent and Bystander intervention workshops for first years   VP Welfare

 

Policy Passed at the All-Members' Meeting in October 2019 - Lapses October 2021

Policy Progress Officer Lead
QMSU should lobby the University to ensure no teaching from 1-2pm on Fridays  Similar to a policy passed in January 2019, though not identical and passed at AMM (so with with a larger mandate). VP Education
QMSU should lobby university management to protect grade results during the strike   President
QMSU should lobby the university to improve the accessibility of affordable student housing   President

 

Policy Passed at Student Council October 2019 - Lapses October 2021

Policy Progress Officer Lead
QMSU should provide the perks student council members receive and specific trustee training for QMSU student trustees   President
QMSU should amend Policy 7.6: The Union should provide the same perks and training for student council members for Non-Representative positions on the BLSA Board

Complete; policy amended below. Amended policy also available to see here.

VP Barts and The London
The Smaller Female Toilets in Drapers Be Converted Into Gender Neutral Facilities   VP Welfare
QMSU should impose a ban on songs that stigmatise, glamorise or minimise mental illnesses   VP Welfare
QMSU should pay student staff for compulsory training   President
QMSU should lobby the University to establish an Advanced Manufacturing Training Course for the Science and Engineering Students   VP Education
QMSU should Lobby QMUL to install sanitary bins in all male toilets around campus for the Transgender Community In progress; renewed October 2019 VP Welfare
All Toilets in QMSU Buildings to have provisions for both purchasing individual sanitary products and disposal of sanitary products In progress; renewed October 2019 VP Welfare
Rites of Passage Should be Held in St Pauls Cathedral Again this year Complete and ongoing; renewed October 2019 VP Barts and The London
Amendment: DSLD: Setting a Higher Standard Complete, policy amended below. Amended policy also available to view here.  
The Union should provide the same perks and training for student council members for Non-Representative positions on the BLSA Board Ongoing; amended from this version and renewed in October 2019 VP Barts and The London
QMSU should oppose Prevent and support groups which campaign against it  Ongoing; renewed October 2019 VP Welfare

 

Policy Passed at Student Council March 2019 - Lapses March 2021

Policy Progress Officer Lead
The Union should provide Mental Health Training to all elected officers   VP Welfare
The Union should oppose the BLSMD rebrand’s lack of meaningful student consultation and lobby the University to work with student representatives on reaching a solution In progress - the campaign began March 2019 VP Barts and The London
The Union should lobby the university to prioritise students with greater financial need when allocating cheaper rooms in halls of residence   VP Barts and The London
The Union should lobby Qmotion to integrate an online booking system to book respective rooms such as the sports hall and get active studios   President
The Union should allocate a budget as well as work with facilities to install an “events board” in the library for student groups/societies to post student-led events, talks, matches   VP Education
The Union should lobby for Science and Engineering (S&E) faculties to record tutorial sessions being led by one select PhD student for each module (where possible)   VP Education
The Union should lobby for Science and Engineering (S&E) faculties to conduct end of module evaluations for the Ph.D led tutorial sessions from each module   VP Education

 

Policy Passed at Student Council February 2019 - Lapses February 2021

Policy Progress Officer Lead
QMSU should support a People’s Vote March publicised, work to support the named organisations in progress VP Welfare
QMSU should lobby the University to replace the “Fit to Sit” policy with extenuating circumstances In progress VP Welfare
Whitechapel Welcome Fair Allocations should be offered to Mile End Sports Clubs not offered by BLSA in cases where the said sport is offered to only a specific Gender at BLSA In progress VP Barts and The London
QMSU should Encourage and Support Student Groups to have Welfare Representatives on their Committees In progress VP Welfare
QMSU should Ensure Recycling Facilities Exist in all of its Buildings and Venues Complete VP Barts and The London
QMSU should lobby the university to create part-time undergraduate courses Not started VP Education

 

Policy Passed at Student Council January 2019 - Lapses January 2021

Policy Progress Officer Lead
QMSU should Lobby the University to make a Commitment to Affordable Student Housing In progress VP Barts and The London
QMSU should lobby the University to ensure no teaching from 1-2pm on Fridays In progress (cf policy passed at AMM in October 2019) VP Education

 

Policy Passed at Student Council October 2018 - Lapses October 2020

Policy Progress Officer Lead

QMSU should lobby and work with the University and local authorities to improve lighting around the Whitechapel Safety

Partially complete - article on Garrod building lights here VP Barts and The London
QMSU should lobby the university to Ensure Wednesday Afternoons are kept free for Postgraduate Students October 2018 In progress President/VP Barts and The London

 

Policy Passed at Student Council April 2018 - Lapses April 2020

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 Complete and ongoing- the Union will continue to oppose Prevent VP Welfare

 

Policy Passed at Student Council February 2018 - Lapses February 2020

Policy Progress Officer Lead
Should the university guarantee IT equipment be bought from sustainable sources? Complete President
Should QMSU recognise the GMB as the student staff trade union? In progress, discussed at February meeting of Board of Trustees 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

 

Policy Passed at Student Council 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 students donate unwanted items?  Complete President
Disabilities and Specific Learning difficulties: Setting a higher standard. The original policy was merged with its amendment in October 2019 VP Welfare
The Union to standardise prices across retail shops and cafes for refrigerated grab and go bought-in products. In progress President
The Union to lobby QMUL to ensure it publically supports being subject to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. In progress President
Whistleblowing processes should be better organised and advertised to BL students Not started VP Barts and The London
Student representation on QMUL College Council Complete President
The Union to sanction an ongoing initiative for improving security for students and the wider community In progress President/VP Barts and The London
Ban Payday Loan Companies from Campus  Complete President
Affiliation to UKCISA Complete President
Affiliate to London Nightline  In progress VP Welfare
Large Print and Braille Menus in Union Premises  In progress President
The Union should lobby the university to provide travel expenses for clinical year Course Representatives to attend SSLC meetings Not started VP Barts and The London
Student-Led Welcome Fair Allocations Complete President
Student Council Motion Deadline Complete President
Profit-Free Periods Not started VP Welfare
Joint Ticketing for Part Time Officers Complete President
Impartial Pastoral Care In progress VP Education
Further Barriers to Postgraduate Education Not started VP Education
Financial Incentives Complete President
Vegetarian and Vegan Food Labeling In progress President
Promoting the work of the Board of Trustees Complete President
Student Media Sustainability In progress President
QMSU Block Grant Complete President
Twin with Islamic Uni of Gaza Not started President
Diversifying Food Choice on Campus In progress President
Community Campus Noticeboards In progress President

 

Embedded Policy

Policy Embedded at Student Council November 2019

Policy Progress Officer Lead
QMSU should make it compulsory for two members of the committee of each student organisation to go to student organisation tailored consent workshops  Complete and ongoing VP Welfare
The Union should celebrate Islamophobia Awareness Month every year Complete and ongoing VP Welfare
The Union should have student council on different days in the week Complete and ongoing VP Welfare