Student Members’ Meetings: A New Era
LSE Students’ Union is a student-led organisation. We exist to advance the interests of you, our members, and make life better for students at the LSE! We work on the things that you think are important, and want to make sure that we’ve got our finger on the pulse and are delivering for everyone.
A really big part of how we do this is through our Student Members’ Meetings. We used to call Student Members’ Meetings ‘Union General Meetings’, or ‘UGMs’. As you may know, over the last year we updated our Articles of Association and as part of this we had to change the name of our UGMs. If you’re used to the UGM structure, please know that nothing else has changed - only the name.
To those of you who are new to Student Members’ Meetings let us explain what they are and how they work!
What happens at a Student Members’ Meeting?
The two main parts of a Student Members’ Meeting are about Officer accountability, and discussing motions submitted by students.
At a Student Members’ Meeting, all Part-Time Officers and Sabbatical Officers give an update on the work they’ve been doing since the last meeting. This is an opportunity for you to hear updates from your elected Officers, and ask any burning questions you might have for them!
After that is done, we move on to hearing about the motions that have been submitted by students. Any student at LSE can submit a motion to us, and once it has been submitted and approved, it gets discussed at the next possible Student Members’ Meeting. At the meeting, there will be speeches for and against the motion, and an opportunity to ask any questions or submit amendments. If there’s a motion heading to a meeting that you feel strongly about, show up and get involved! After the meeting, the motion will go to an online vote.
We've had loads of motions before on a wide range of topics such as declaring a climate emergency, banning beef, reforming LSE’s drugs policy, supporting homeless individuals, improving LSE’s support for survivors of sexual violence, and providing free menstrual products. These motions have had a lasting impact on student life at LSE, and made big change to the School and beyond!
There’s lots of opportunity to get involved - if you’d like to submit a motion and shape the future of LSE, get in touch with us at email@example.com, or head to our webpage!
How does submitting a motion work?
Any LSE student can submit a motion to us via email or this form. A motion is something that suggests what LSESU should do about an issue. For instance, the motion title may be ‘Should LSESU lobby the LSE to give every student an iPad?’. The motion will then describe what the issue is, for instance that students have different levels of access to technology and that this could cause issues with hybrid learning. You then write what the solution is - for LSE to give each student a new iPad when they start their course.
We'll then pass your motion on to the Democracy Committee, a group of elected students who oversee our democratic processes. They’ll provide feedback on your motion, and you may need to make a few edits.
Once that’s all sorted and the motion is finalised, it’ll go to the next Student Members’ Meeting, where it will be discussed and debated by LSE students. Later that evening, it’ll go to an online vote that all LSE students can participate in. If the motion passes it then becomes policy of the Union for the next three years, and we’ll get to work on making it happen!