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 email@example.com
What is a Student Panel?
A Student Panel is a group of 18-48 students, who are randomly selected to deliberate and make decisions on Policy Proposals. Similar to a jury system, we will be using a sortition process to ensure the students selected reflect the LSE student body and bring in their own lived experience when setting union-wide policy. For example, the number of postgraduate students sitting on the panel will be proportional to the number of postgraduate students in the wider student body.
The panel members will be presented with Policy Proposals put forward by their fellow students. The policy proposers, plus any student who wishes to oppose the proposal, will have the opportunity to present their case to the panel. Experts as well as people with lived experience of any issue being discussed, will also be invited to present their perspective on the proposal.
Panellists will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the proposal in depth together, before voting on whether they believe the proposal should pass.
If you would like to attend the Student Panel to hear what Policy Proposals have been put forward and what the student panellists discuss, then you are more than welcome to. The panel will be hosted in a hybrid format, so you can attend in person or online. However, Student Panel observers cannot input into the discussion or interact with the panellists in any way. You will be asked to leave if you do not abide by these conditions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be more than happy to have a chat with you!
UPCOMING dates and deadlines!
Student Panel Round 1
Deadline to submit policy: Passed
Session 1: Tuesday 17th January, 5.30-8.30pm, CLM 4.02
Session 2: Wednesday 18th January, 5.30-8.30pm, CLM 4.02
Student Panel Round 2
Deadline to submit policy: Monday January 30th, 9am
Session 1: Tuesday 28th February, 5.30-8.30pm, MAR 2.08
Session 2: Wednesday 1st March, 5.30-8.30pm, MAR 2.08
Student Panel Round 3
Deadline to submit policy: Monday April 24th, 9am
Session 1: Tuesday 23rd May, 5.30-8.30pm, MAR 2.08
Session 2: Thursday 24th March, 5.30-8.30pm, MAR 2.08
CURRENT Policy Proposals
When Policy Proposals are put forward to all-student vote they will be updated here.