The Students' Union is led by students, for students. Find out how you can shape the decisions we make - you've got the power!
At the heart of the Students' Union is Union Council. As the highest decision-making body within the Students' Union, it is comprised of Officers and Reps that representing a wide range of demographics, ensuring that we are the true representative voice of students at Hallam. There are also six elected open space reps that act as additional represenatives of the student body.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th April at 4pm-5:30pm.
Please email Representation & Democracy Manager Ed Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to attend as an observer or require support with working on a policy.
The following schedule is for the Academic Year 2021/22.
Key Dates and Information
Tuesday 1st February
4pm - 5:30pm
Motion deadline: Wednesday 26/01, 2pm
Policy Development Committee: 28/01, 3pm
Motion deadline: Wednesday 2/03, 2pm
Policy Development Committee: Friday 4/03, 2:30pm
Motion deadline: Wednesday 6/04, 2pm
Policy Development Committee: Friday 8/04, 2:30pm
Motion deadline: Wednesday 13/05, 2pm
Policy Development Committee: Friday 14/05, 2:30pm
The most recent Union Council was held on Monday 29th November - you can read the agenda and minutes for this meeting.
If there's something you're passionate about, that you think the Students' Union could make a difference on, then why not see if you can make it an official policy?
Any student can influence the work of the Students' Union by proposing a policy to Union Council. If you have an idea for improving the lives and education of Hallam students - this is the way to do it!
You can find the full list of our policies on our policy register.
A policy is a principle or series of actions adopted by the Students Union to ensure that our activities are driven by the values and interests of Hallam students. They guide the priorities, activities, and lobbying efforts of our Elected Officers, Working Committees and other representative bodies, in accordance with the Constitution and Byelaws.
Anyone can propose a policy! Bringing a motion to Union Council ensures that Hallam SU is working on the issues that matter most to our students and pushing for important changes to campus life. This could be anything from asking the Union to express solidarity with a campaign group, to improving our representation and advocacy for the rights of marginalized students. It is also an opportunity to direct the political and material resources of the Union towards a particular campaign or initiative.
Policies that are approved by the Policy Development Committee are discussed at Union Council, and upon being voted through remain active for three years. Our Representative Committee is responsible for the implementation of policies and will track their progress.
Policies are comprised of three sections; the Notes, Believes and Resolves.
The 'Notes' section introduces the issue or campaign that you are asking the Union to address. It should include details of the current context, the problems associated with these conditions, and how this relates to Hallam students. Including relevant evidence will strengthen the merits of your argument and could include sources as wide-ranging as current Union policy, survey data or a recent news story
'Believes' sets out the political stance that the Union will adopt in relation to an issue. It contains the values and principles driving your objectives, such as the rights of students or a barrier-free access to education. It will refer to the Unions collective opinion upon a matter and is most powerful when specific to the issue at hand.
Finally, the 'Resolves' will detail the subsequent actions that the Students Union will take to address the issues discussed throughout the motion. These should be clear and achievable goals that will bring about meaningful changes, including details of the expected outcomes of each action.
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Once your motion is complete, it should be sent to our Democracy Coordinator at email@example.com. Ensure that this takes place prior to the deadline for policy submissions, otherwise your motion will not be considered until the following Union Council. The next deadline for policy submissions can be found on the Union Council page.
Prior to discussion at Union Council, motions are reviewed by the Policy Development Committee. The role of this committee is to ensure that each policy sent to Union Council is accurate, achievable and free from error. This is to remove any procedural or administrative obstacles that may prevent a policy from being considered, and to support students in bringing high quality policies.
Although the Committee will not comment upon the merits of the arguments made within the policy proposal, they are able to recommend improvements to its quality and achievability. The Proposer of the motion will receive feedback from the Committee if any minor or major edits to the motion are deemed necessary, and if changes are agreed upon it is able to proceed to Union Council.
Union Council is highest decision-making body within the democratic structures of the Union and will make the final decision as to whether a motion should become SU policy. Members of Council will discuss the merits of the arguments made within a motion and consider the impact of its provisions upon the wider student body. For an ordinary policy to be passed by Council, over ½ of present voting members must vote in favor. Non-voting members are able to attend meetings and speak in favor of a motion with permission from the Chair. This is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of a motion, and to address any concerns that may arise amongst voting members.