Union General Meetings

The Union General Meeting (UGM) is a weekly meeting where you can find out what your elected Student Representatives have been up to and debate policy that shapes LSESU's campaigns. UGMs are one of the main ways in which you can democratically engage and create change within your Students' Union and LSE. 

The UGM is held on Thursdays during term time from 5.30pm in the 1st floor café of the Saw Swee Hock Centre. All LSE students are encouraged to attend.

From time to time, senior figures in the School, as well as NUS Officers and other decision-makers, are invited to the UGM to speak to and answer questions from the student body.

Submitting a motion

If you want to change something in the Union,  submitting a motion is one of the best ways to make change at LSESU. If your motion passses,

  • It will become LSESU’s policy on this topic for the next three years.
  • Inform the Union’s stance on a global issue
  • Your elected Student Representatives to lobby the School on a particular issue


Submitting a motion is simple. Download this UGM guide and create the change you want to see, send your completed motion via email to su.democracy@lse.ac.uk, or via the online submission form. If you’re not sure exactly what to put in your motion, fill in our online form and someone from the Democracy Committee will get back to you.

There are some things that cannot be changed via a UGM motion, such as anything that commits the Union to spending money. If this is the case, the Democracy Committee will get in touch to discuss the next steps for you.


Voting for or against a motion

Voting on motions takes place online from 7pm on Thursday until 5pm on Friday. 

You can vote at www.lsesu.com/ugmvote by logging in. Simply log in with your School username and password to cast your vote.

Previous successful motions:

  • Introduction of the BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Students’ Officer
  • Introduced mandatory consent workshops
  • Lobbied the School to oppose the Teaching Excellence framework.

Find out more about past UGM motions