Referendums are your chance to directly set Union the Union's stance on an issue. All students have chance for vote 'yes' or 'no' in a referendum. The outcome of the referendum will become the Union's stance on an issue and the Union will be expected to carry out any related actions.
On this page you can find out how to call a referendum and the results of previous votes.
Referendum Notice: Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th March
Following a successful vote at the Annual Student Meeting held on Tuesday 27th February, the Students' Union can confirm that a referendum vote will be held from the 27th-29th March. Students will be given the opportunity to vote on "Should affiliated student groups be allowed to endorse candidates in Students’ Union Elections?"
A referendum is a simple yes/no vote. This referendum is an indicative vote to help determine student opinion on this topic. The result will be passed to Student Council in order for the Elections byelaw to be changed.
Voting will commence at 1pm on Tuesday 27th March and close at 1pm on Thursday 29th March.
The Union will be facilitating drop-in sessions at the following times for those interested in getting more involved in the campaign, or participating in the "Yes" or "No" team;
- Tuesday 13th March, 5pm-6pm, Matt Spencer Boardroom, 1st floor Students' Union Hub
- Thursday 15th March, 12pm-1pm, Matt Spencer Boardroom, 1st floor, Students' Union Hub
If you would like further information about the Yes or No campaign teams please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A referendum question must have a clear 'yes' or 'no' answer, be balanced and not phrased in a biased manner, and be clear and not hope to interpretation.
For example, the question "Do you think there are not enough vegetarian options on campus?" should be rephrased to meet the above criteria "Should Queen Mary Students' Union increase the number of vegetarian sandwiches on sale in Union shops and outlets".
The Board of Trustee or a nominee of the Board can rewrite the question to ensure it meets this criteria.
Calling A Referendum
There are four ways students can call for a referendum:
Submit a motion to the Board of Trustees
Students can write and email a motion to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees via Secretary and Governance Adviser Brad Coales (email@example.com) who will then be able to provide further information of when the motion will be discussed. Click here for more information about the Board of Trustees and click here guidance on how to write a motion.
Submit a motion to Student Council
Students can write and email a motion to the Secretary and Governance Adviser Brad Coales (firstname.lastname@example.org). Click here for more information about Student Council and click here for guidance on how to write a motion.
Submit a motion to a Student Meeting
Students can write and email a motion to the Secretary and Governance Adviser Brad Coales (email@example.com). Click here for more information about a Student Meeting and click here for guidance on how to write a motion.
Submit a secure petition to the Chair of the Board of Trustees
Students can get 250 signatures from students that have not opted out of membership of the Union to sign a peition calling for a referendum. For guidance on collecting a secure peition email Alvin Ramsamy, Head of Membership on firstname.lastname@example.org . The petition should follow this guidance and be emailed to Yasir Yeahia, President on email@example.com.
A referendum is considered called at the point when it is approved by the Trustees, Student Council, a Company Law General Meeting, an Annual Members Meeting or at the point the President (Chair of the Board of Trustees) receives a secure petition signed by at least 250 Members.
The Union's Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer will set a date for the vote to take place, during teaching time, which shall be no sooner than 12 working days and no later than 25 working days after the Referendum is called.
The referendum question will be published at least 10 working days before the vote begins, along with the argument for and against the question put to Referendum.
The voting period will be at least 48 hours and conducted in accordance with the Union's Elections Bye-Law.
At least 500 students must vote for the referendum to be considered valid.
Previous Referendum Results
Find the results for the Union's previous referendums below:
|Do you agree with attendance monitoring of students at Queen Mary, University of London? (March 2013)
|Do you support the final draft of the Queen Mary, University of London Students' Union Strategic Plan 2014-17? (March 2014)
|Should Queen Mary Students’ Union continue to be part of the National Union of Students (NUS)?