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A representative body of students gathered for three full days to participate in a deliberative process. At the conclusion of the third day, they made recommendations to the SU around several themes: structural reform, transparency, accessibility, and student engagement.

Democracy Summit

A representative body of students gathered for three full days to participate in a deliberative process. At the conclusion of the third day, they made recommendations to the SU around several themes: structural reform, transparency, accessibility, and student engagement.

Summit Recommendations

Structural Reform

  • Create a new structure for the SU (which includes 2 chambers and a scrutiny board) to make the deliberative process constant - 91% of participants support
  • Modify the functioning of the election of socieities and officers - 95% of participants support
  • Create a chamber of deliberation and officers to allow for a bicameral system that follows a strong policy-making cycle - 91% of participants support
  • Create a scrutiny board to structure processes and outcomes - 95% of participants support
  • Introduce incentives for students roles, either monetary (stipend, hourly) or otherwise (gym memberships, discounted food and drinks, etc.) - 100% of participants support
  • Create new channels of feedback, capitalising on existing staff and societies and high traffic areas at LSE - 100% of participants support
  • Department student representatives act as liaisons between students, departments, and the SU - 100% of participants support
  • Changing postgraduate role to more part-time roles that are less intense and represent post-graduate students more effectively - 100% of participants support

TRansparency & Accountability

  • Make communication from the SU to students more efficient, clear, and engaging (using infographics, pictures, and news bites) - 91% of participants support
  • Make the process of society formation and running accessible and easier - 96% of participants support

Student Engagement

  • Create an incentives-based system for participation through points or rewards such as vouchers, discounts, memberships, etc. - 87% of participants support
  • Create a system (platform, hub, page) that collects ideas on how to make the SU better and allows for an accountability mechanism that shows how ideas translate into recommendations that are implemented - 87% of participants support
  • Utilise different methods of engagement to tackle student apathy and get more students involved by including more fun, democratic, and creative way to engage students on campus, ensuring a diverse set of students are targeted throughout the year - 100% of participants support
  • Design and dedicate a yearly week to the SU, titled “SU Week” with SU-led events, democratic activities for feedback, show ideas that the SU has implemented - 96% of participants support
  • The SU should create more opportunities for points of physical contact through stalls in non-SU buildings and offering drop-in sessions, both online and offline - 91% of participants support

Democracy Summit Video

Final Report

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