Union Policy

Find out about the Union Policy here!

What is it?

Policy is made by debating and passing a motion though Student Council, student meeting or referendum.

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

Bye-Law amendments are also proposed, debated and passed in the same way.

If you have any questions relating to these policies please email Maddie Spink, Representation and Democracy Manager m.spink@qmul.ac.uk

 

Current Policy

Policy Passed in November 2017 - Lapses 2019/20

Policy Progress
Should the Union commit to eliminating single-use plastic straws from all venues before the start of next academic year?  
Should the Union extend Meat-Free Mondays to the whole month of January to re-launch the scheme?  
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
Should the Union celebrate Islamophobia Awareness Month every year?  
Should the Union provide lockers for Students?  
Should the Union lobby the university to create nap pods or generally napping areas?  
Should the Union have student council on different days in the week? In Progress

 

Policy Passed in October 2017 - Lapses 2019/20

Policy Progress
Should QMSU Lobby QMUL to insteall sanitary bins in all male toilets around campus for the Transgender Community? In Progress
All Toilets in QMSU Buildings to have provisions for both purchasing individual sanitary projects and disposal of sanitary projects In Progress
Rights of Passage Should be Held in St Pauls Cathedral Again this year In Progress

 

Policy Passed in May 2017 - Lapses 2018/19

Policy Progress
The Union should encourage societies and sports clubs to actively and transparently engage in the QMBL elections   
The Union should lobby the University to provide more water fountains across campus In Progress
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

 

Policy Passed in February 2017 - Lapses 2018/19

Policy Progress
The Union should amend Disabilities and Specific Learning difficulties: a Higher Standard policy  
The Union should amend Accessibility Training for Societies and Student Groups policy Complete
The Union should implement Disabled Go In Progress
The Union should provide training and perks to BLSA non-representative roles Complete
The Union should investigate how it might support student housing cooperatives In Progress
The Union should install a sanitary products machine in the BLSA building Complete
The Union should commit to oppose Prevent and support groups that campaign against it Complete

 

Policy Passed in December 2016 - Lapses 2018/19

Policy Progress
The Union should not make profit for select newspapers in its outlets Complete
The Union should boycott the National Student Survey Complete

 

Policy Passed in November 2016 - Lapses 2018/19

Policy Progress
The Union should take action on racism (Partially Passed) Complete

 

Policy Passed in October 2016 - Lapses 2018/19

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

 

Policy Passed in April 2016 - Lapses 2017/18

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

 

Policy Passed in January 2016 - Lapses 2017/18

Policy Name Progress
Disabilities and Specific Learning difficulties: Setting a higher standard. In Progress
The Union to standardise prices across retail shops and cafes for refrigerated grab and go bought-in products. In Progress
The Union to lobby QMUL to ensure it publically supports being subject to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. In Progress

 

Policy Passed in December 2015 - Lapses 2017/18

Policy Name Progress
The Union should conduct research and run a campaign on LGBT+ Inclusion in Sport In Progress
Whistleblowing processes should be better organised and advertised to BL students In Progress
More gluten-free food products should be introduced on campus Complete
Student representation on QMUL College Council In Progress
Greater transparency provided by the Students’ Union with respect to suspensions given to a society Complete
An emergency Societies Board meeting commencing the week of 14th December Complete
The Union to lobby the university to keep Dawson Accommodation Rooms for BL Students In Progress
The Union to sanction an ongoing initiative for improving security for students and the wider community  
Disabilities and Specific Learning difficulties: Setting a higher standard. In Progress

 

Policy Passed in November 2015 - Lapses 2017/18

Policy Name Progress
The Union Should lobby to include Barts & the London SMD in addition to Queen Mary UoL on BL PhD certificates  
The Union should lobby QMUL to cancel the contract with Mitie In Progress

 

Policy Passed in October 2015 - Lapses 2017/18

Policy Name Progress
Ban Payday Loan Companies from Campus (Renewed) Complete
Affiliation to UKCISA (Renewed) Complete
Affiliate to London Nightline (Renewed) Complete
Large Print and Braille Menus in Union Premises (Renewed)  
The Union should put pressure on the university to mandate QReview lecture recordings In Progress
The Union should lobby the university to provide travel expenses for clinical year Course Representatives to attend SSLC meetings In Progress
The Union should campaign and issue a statement against the proposed changes to junior doctors' and dentists' contracts Complete
Rites of Passage should be held in St. Paul's Cathedral again this year Complete
The Union should increase the poster areas across campus Complete

Bye-Law Amendments

The Bye-Law Amendments passed at Student Council must subsequently be approved by the Board of Trustees. Bye-law amendments held here are awaiting confirmation to be updated against our Governance & Documents.

 
Amendment Name Date Passed Updated
Bye-law 8: Creating a Trans Representative 28 February 2017 Discussed and confirmed 14 March 2017