How do student’s Ideas end up as YUSU Policy? We’ve tried to create a system that takes all of the weight off our members, only asks them to feedback when necessary and allows change to be made quickly. Here’s how it looks;
Let us know, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We Collect Your Ideas
Some can be worked on straight away, we call these ‘actions’. The Full-Time Officer (FTO) team will work with the Idea submitter to make change.
Some will be more complex or controversial, so need to be discussed.
We Make a Policy Briefing, and Send It Out
This is a document explaining the ins and outs of the Ideas, and how they will affect YUSU and our members. We send it out to the Full Time Officers (who represent a whole host of students), Part-Time Officers and all of the Colleges. See here for a fuller explanation of ‘Who Consults Who?’
We Get Your Opinion, and See if You Like an Idea or Not
You tell us what you think, and our Policy & Review Group look over all of the feedback & try to determine whether or not people were generally in favour of an Idea. (As well as whether the feedback we received is representative of enough of our members to make a decision).
If They Were → It’ll become Active Policy
If They Weren’t → It’ll get thrown out
If people were in the middle → It will go out to a campus-wide referendum
A Referendum is basically an "all-student vote". Sometimes the Union has to decide what members think about a particularly important or difficult issue, for instance, one that would change the way we prioritise our activities or something national or international that you want us to take a stance on.
Referenda motions start their lives as an Idea from one of our members, email email@example.com
Three things happen during a Referendum, which you can take part in:
For details of the rules that apply when campaigning in a Referendum, click Campaign Rules.
The Policy Review Group, or PRG for short, is a body of 5 students responsible for reviewing and reporting on the policy process within YUSU. It ensures that students have the ability to submit Ideas and that policy is generated both transparently, accountably and fairly.
The group is headed by the Policy Coordinator, who is voted into the role during the annual YUSU Elections. The remaining members are chosen by a panel made up of representatives from the Liberation Networks.
They work with YUSU’s Democracy & Campaigns Coordinator to create Policy Briefings to ensure that consultation can be held on more divisive policy ideas and produce reports on the feedback given, and how they reached their decision.
The PRG work with YUSU’s Democracy & Campaigns Coordinator to create briefing packs. These are designed to help inform students about the Ideas that have been put forward, and allow them to make a decision on whether or not they believe something should be policy of YUSU.
The feedback that the PRG receive from the consultation groups is compiled and made available to the student body. It is this feedback that the PRG use to determine whether or not there has been consensus on an idea.