University of York Students' Union (YUSU)

Your Ideas

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;

How it Works

Have A Great Idea?

Let us know, email

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.

Submit an Idea

Referenda motions start their lives as an Idea from one of our members, email

Get Involved

Three things happen during a Referendum, which you can take part in:

  • Campaigning: you can help to make the argument for one side or the other by campaigning in the Referendum.
  • Debating: there is the chance for everyone to have their say on the issue at a Referendum Debate, where you can make a short speech or ask questions of campaigners on either side.
  • Voting: Voting is online at and the results will be published within 24 hours of the close of voting - keep an eye on the student media, our website and our Weekly Info for updates about what happens after that.


For details of the rules that apply when campaigning in a Referendum, click Campaign Rules.


What is the PRG?

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.

Policy Briefings

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.

Past Briefings can be found here.

Reports & Feedback

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.

Past Feedback can be found here.