The Student Panel Chair will call you up give you each approximately 2 minutes to speak (the exact timing depends on how many proposals need to be debated).
Make sure you’re on time, and know what you want to say. It’s a good idea to have some notes written down. Concentrate on speaking in defence of your proposal, as persuasively as you can!
If anyone wants to speak against your proposal, they can either notify the Democracy Committee in advance, to ensure that they definitely have an opportunity to speak, or just put their hand up on the day. They will also have about two minutes to put forward their opposition.
The Democracy Committee will also invite experts and people with lived experience of the issue you are proposing to provide a rounder perspective of your proposal. If you have any recommendations or suggestions for individuals to speak in relation to your proposal, please message email@example.com.
Following the initial opening statements from the proposer, any opposers, and the invited speakers, there is time for questions from the Student Panellists. After this, the Panellists will discuss amongst themselves the merits of the proposal, potentially putting forwward adaptations to the proposal which will be approved or denied by the Democracy Committee.
The Student Panel Chair will then ask for a show of hands from the Student Panellists, on whether they support or oppose the Policy Proposal. This show of hands will determine whether the policy is approved, if it falls, or if it is passed on for discussion at the Student Town Hall.