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.

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

 

Current Policy

Policy Passed in March 2019 - Lapses March 2021

Policy Progress Officer Lead
QMSU should change pay procedures for student staff Not passed by Board of Trustees (Article 39 action: action outside the remit of QMSU). More information here  
The Union should make the MFC1 room women only during open prayer times Not passed by Board of Trustees (article 39 action: needs consultation with the University). More information here  
The position of Student Media Officer should be abolished and replaced with a Student Media Chair Passed by Council; requires a bye-law change to come into effect (more information here)  
The Union should trial providing Mental Health Aware training to student staff Not passed by Board of Trustees (article 39 action: not currently affordable to provide). More information here  
The Union should provide Mental Health Training to all elected officers Not started  
Black History Month Fund Complete - QMSU has a Black History Month Fund  
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 Not started  
The Union should lobby the university to prioritise students with greater financial need when allocating cheaper rooms in halls of residence Not started  
The Union should lobby Qmotion to integrate an online booking system to book respective rooms such as the sports hall and get active studios Not started  
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 Not started  
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) Not started  
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 Not started  
The Union should amend Disabilities and Specific Learning difficulties: a Higher Standard policy Policy amended and in progress VP Welfare
The Union should provide training and perks to BLSA non-representative roles Complete and ongoing - perks and training provided in 2018 VP Barts and The London
The Union should commit to oppose Prevent and support groups that campaign against it Complete and ongoing- the Union will continue to oppose Prevent President

 

Policy Passed in February 2019 - Lapses February 2021

Policy Progress Officer Lead
QMSU should Should the Union Merge Bye-Laws 13, 14, 15 & 17 into the New Bye-Law 22 In progress - Must be Passed by Board of Trustees to take effect  
QMSU should support a People’s Vote March publicised, work to support the named organisations in progress VP Welfare
QMSU should denounce the organisation Student Rights In progress VP Education
QMSU should lobby the University to replace the “Fit to Sit” policy with extenuating circumstances In progress VP Welfare
QMSU should prohibit playing artists accused of rape, paedophilia and other illegal forms of sexual violence at outlets Complete: list of excluded artists here 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 In progress VP Barts and The London
QMSU should lobby the university to create part-time undergraduate courses Not started VP Education

 

Policy Passed in January 2019 - Lapses January 2021

Policy Progress Officer Lead
QMSU should Lobby for a BME intern In progress President
QMSU should Lobby the University to make a Commitment to Affordable Student Housing In progress  
QMSU should lobby the University to ensure no teaching from 1-2pm on Fridays In progress VP Education

 

Policy Passed in 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 in 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
The Union to support Fossil Fuel Divestment Complete - QMUL is committed to fossil fuel divestment President

 

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?

Complete President
Should the Union lobby university management to protect grade results during the strike? Complete 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? Complete VP Welfare
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
Should the union amend Bye-Law 10 Elections? Overturned by subsequent AMM decision  
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? Complete  

 

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?   President
Should students donate unwanted items?  Complete President
Should the Gozo President be a member of Student Council? Complete VP Barts and The London
Should the SU end the current policy boycotting the NSS?  Complete VP Education
Disabilities and Specific Learning difficulties: Setting a higher standard. In progress 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 lobby the university to keep Dawson Accommodation Rooms for BL Students Complete VP Barts and The London
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 put pressure on the university to mandate QReview lecture recordings Complete VP Welfare/VP Education
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
Block Booking Complete VP Welfare
Vegetarian and Vegan Food Labeling In progress President
Sanitary Products Motion Complete VP Welfare
Promoting the work of the Board of Trustees Complete President
Improving safety on Mile End road - Supporting the SaveME Campaign Complete President
Accessibility Training for Societies and Student Groups Complete VP Welfare
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

 

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 make it compulsory for two members of the committee of each student organisation to go to student organisation tailored consent workshops?

Complete

VP Welfare
Should the Union celebrate Islamophobia Awareness Month every year? Complete VP Welfare
Should the Union provide lockers for Students? Complete VP Welfare
Should the Union have student council on different days in the week? Complete 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
Rites 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