Referendums are your chance to directly set the Students' 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 Students' Union's stance on an issue and the Students' 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.
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 three ways students can call for a referendum:
Submit a motion to Student Council
Students can write and email a motion to the Secretary and Governance Adviser Brad Coales email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Students' Union to sign a peition calling for a referendum. For guidance on collecting a secure peition email Alvin Ramsamy, Deputy CEO email@example.com . The petition should follow this guidance and be emailed to Talhah Atcha, President firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Students' 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 Students' 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 Students' 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)?
|Should affiliated student groups be allowed to endorse candidates in Students’ Union Elections?