What is a Policy Proposal?
A Policy Proposal is just a fancy way of saying an idea to make things better.
A Policy Proposal could be anything from improving support for sexual violence survivors, to getting more microwaves in the SU. Whatever your idea, Policy Proposals are usually the easiest and fastest way for a single student to make a big difference!
Note: Policy Proposals used to be called "Motions", and are still referenced as such in the SU Byelaws.
You can read more about Policy Proposals and how you can submit your own in our Policy Proposals Guide, or simply click on the button below!
SUBMIT YOUR POLICY PROPOSAL HERE
What Happens when I submit a Policy Proposal?
When you submit your Policy Proposal, it will be sent to the SU's Democracy Committee, who will work with you to ensure your Policy Proposal fits the requirements to move on to the next stage.
Once Democracy Committee have approved your Policy Proposal, it will be put forward to an upcoming Student Panel. If 75% or more of the Student Panel like your Policy Proposal it will become official SU policy until the end of the next academic year! If 75% or more of the student panel don't like your Policy Proposal it will be dismissed (though you can submit your proposal again at a later date if you like.)
If the percentage of Student Panel members voting for the policy proposal is greater than 25% but fewer than 75%, the policy proposer is faced with different options:
Send the Policy Proposal to the next Student Town Hall (usually scheduled for the following week)
Send the Policy Proposal to a later Student Town Hall, postponing the process to the following term or term after
Abandon the Policy Proposal (you can resubmit the Policy Proposal at a later Student Panel if they wish)
If you decide to send your proposal to a Town Hall, it will be presented and discussed by all students attending the meeting before being put to an all-student vote. This vote will take place 1 week after the Town Hall, giving you time to campaign on behalf of your proposal, and tell students why they should vote YES to make it official policy! If 50% or more of voters in the all-student vote like your Policy Proposal, it becomes official SU policy until the end of the next academic year.
If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to message us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if my Policy Proposal passes?
If you want to change something in the Union, submitting a Policy Proposal is one of the best ways to make change. If your Policy Proposal passes:
- It will become LSESU’s policy on this topic until the end of the next academic year
- It will inform the Union’s stance on a global issue
- Your elected Student Representatives will lobby the School on a particular issue
- SU progress on your Policy Proposal will be regularly updated via the website and in each Student Town Hall
- You can be directly involved in the planning and implentation of your policy, if this is something you would like to do
How do I submit a Policy Proposal?
Know exactly what you want to change?
Great! Have a look through our Policy Proposal Guide page and submit your idea via this form.
Not quite sure or want to talk through your ideas first?
If you’re not sure exactly how to put your idea into words, or you're confused on how to develop it into a Policy Proposal, drop us a message at email@example.com and we'd be more than happy to have a chat with you!
THIS YEAR'S dates and deadlines!
Student Panel Round 1
Deadline to submit policy: 9am, Monday 30th October 2023
Session 1: 5pm, Tuesday 14th October 2023
Session 2: There was no second session this term
Student Panel Round 2
Deadline to submit policy: 9am, 23rd January 2024
Session 1: 5pm, Tuesday 13th February 2024
Session 2: 5pm, Thursday 15th Febuary 2024
Student Panel Round 3
Deadline to submit policy: 9am, Tuesday 30th April 2024
Session 1: 5pm, Tuesday 21st May 2024
Session 2: 5pm, Thursday 23rd May 2024
CURRENT Policy Proposals
Once they have been confirmed by the Democracy Committee, you will see here the Policy Proposals going forward to the next Student Panels. Please note, all proposals undergo our standard review process and are subject to change:
This page will be updated once the policies for discussion have been confirmed also: Current Proposed Policies page.
If Policy Proposals are put forward to all-student vote, you will be able to vote for them below: