Your Ideas

Any student can submit an Idea to change the Union, University or City of Leeds. All submitted ideas go to a forum meeting to be decided on. If the student panel can't reach 75% consensus either way, a campus-wide vote will decide.

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The Union should make a ‘Rate my Landlord’ Survey

There should be a shorter period of membership available at the edge

We should  have cheaper and more efficient washing machines in halls

Landlords sould change the dates for rent payments to be in line with student loans

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Should LUU encourage the University to work together in delivering coordinated messages regarding the private rented sector?

Should LUU work with the NHS to better track student Mental Health needs?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Should we hold a big food donation service before every long student holiday?

Should the union support the formation of our student housing co-op?

Should Leeds University Union lobby Leeds City Council to provide additional bottle banks in common student areas such as Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Headingley & Burley

Should the union lobby doctor practices in Leeds to support students?

Should LUU stop promoting landlords who charge fees?

Should the Union run a 3 year Cost of Living campaign?

Should Leeds University Union should continue to push forward with a bike sharing scheme for Leeds by lobbying the University for the remainder of the capital costs whilst working to secure a sponsor for the operating costs?

Should LUU, from the academic year 2016/17, replace the Halls Reps with an expanded team of Community Reps?

Should the Union fight against the mental health crisis?

Should LUU lobby against the changes to Higher Education?

Should LUU lobby the council to provide lighting by the Woodhouse Moor basketball courts?

Should LUU lobby the council to make it easier for students to register to vote?

Should LUU do more to lobby landlords to provide more flexible housing contracts?

Should LUU work with Unipol and private landlords to increase provisions for disabled students?

LUU should campaign to end cash machine charges

LUU should set up a permanent donation point for sanitary products to then be donated to food banks within Leeds

LUU should lobby Leeds City Council for expansion of Student Bus Fare Scheme and airport bus service

LUU should lobby Leeds City Council and local businesses to reduce junk mail and paper waste

 
Date of Referendum: 15th March 2013
Expires:  15th March  2016
Name of proposer:
Matt Tasker
 
 
What the idea is about:
For students to be given the opportunity to give feedback about student landlords and the service they provide. The survey would ideally be done every semester with students rating their landlords on a number of factors such as dealing with problems etc and have the opportunity to make comments. With enough students taking part there could be profiles built up for various landlords that students would be able to browse and consider when house-hunting. The landlords would also get feedback on what aspects of service they could look to improve. Hopefully bad reviews would discourage students from renting from those landlords, therefore encouraging the agents to improve their service, in my opinion and scenario that will benefit students greatly. I would also imagine the survey to be filled out anonymously so that the landlords cannot identify anybody who has given them a poor rating. However to ensure that the survey is done correctly then students would have to use their university usernames to fill it in
 
Why have you proposed it?:
Essentially because I've had a horrible experience with my landlord this year and certainly would not have rented a property from this particular company had I known what I was in for. I also know that I'm not the only one to have had major problems with the same company, yet there's no way of warning future students to steer clear. Currently, bar unipol accreditation, there is no way of finding out about various companies and what they will be like an d once the contract is signed then it is too late. When househunting it would be beneficial for future students to know what they're getting involved in before signing away large amounts of money. It would also help getting student's voices heard by companies, as in my experience they find it all too easy to simply ignore students complaints.
 
 
Date of Referendum: 21st February 2013
Expires:  21st February 2016
Name of proposer:
Kieran Prendergast
 
What the idea is about:
The edge only offers year long membership fees or upgrade fees. I think there should be a shorter period of time available.
 
Why have you proposed it?:
This year I am in Leeds from September until February as I go on a term abroad..many other students are in this situation and some international students who come to study English either don't stay for a full year or run a different academic year e.g Australian students who arrive and leave in February have to pay 3 membership fees...feb-june, Summer fees, sep-feb! And they are paying the cost of a year each time but not getting a years worth! 
 
 
Date of Referendum: 21st February 2013
Expires:  21st February 2016
Gabriella Kountourides
 
What the idea is about:
Different/cheaper washing machines in hall.
 
Why have you proposed it?:
The prices are extortionate, leading students to save their washing and take it home, or go to a laundrette. We should be able to wash our clothes in hall without breaking the bank. 
 
 
Date of Forum: 18th February 2013
Expires:  18th  February 2016
Joseph Tipper
 
What the idea is about:
I would like landlords to have to adjust the rent payments on their properties to fall in line with student loans.
 
Why have you proposed it?:
At the moment landlords are probably earning vast amounts of money in fines from students who can't afford to pay rent on time. The reason for this is the maintenance loan, which is supposedly put in place to help you live, is paid after the majority of students are supposed to have paid their rent. The result is that students have to wait two or three weeks to pay their late rents and are then hit with fines.
As a student friendly city i feel landlords should be pushed towards adjusting these payment dates to fall in line with student loans. All of the Leeds University accommodation payments are in line with student loans, so why can't theirs be?
 
Essentially I feel that just by delaying these payments by a few weeks we can save students thousands of pounds overall.
 
 
Date of Forum: 18th February 2013
Expires:  18th  February 2016
Sabrina Poole
 
What the idea is about:
I would like every single person in a University Hall to have a Hall Exec to democratically represent them. This is currently not the case when it comes to the Smaller Residences.
 
Why have you proposed it?:
 
The Smaller Residences collectively house 235 students. North Hill Court and Lyddon both come under these and have their own Execs, yet houses such as those along Clarendon Place and Springfield Mount do not. I believe the residents of these deserve the same democratic representation in LUU as they would in any other Hall, as well as the ability to organise social events. This is particularly important as most of their residents are from marginalised sections of the student community, such as international and disabled students.
 
 
Date of Forum: 18th February 2013
Expires:  18th  February 2016
Frankie O’Byrne
 
What the idea is about:
The Union should oppose the significant cuts to the NHS on a national level as services that students use, such as sexual health services, will be affected by the coalition government's plans. The Union also should work on a local level with the council and University to ensure that the needs of students are being adequately met and represented whilst the cuts are happening.
 
Why have you proposed it?:
 
Students should not have to suffer because cuts to the NHS have resulted in an inadequate access to healthcare services or that patient safety is endangered because there are fewer jobs in hospitals. The Union should also oppose the cuts because we have thousands of students that are currently studying in medical sciences and the cuts will negatively impact their ability to get jobs after they graduate. This position will send a clear message to the government that we, as students, do not accept the consequences of their actions, which will disproportionately affect our generation.
 
 
Date of Forum: 18th February 2013
Expires:  18th  February 2016
Rachel Barker
 
What the idea is about:
The proposed NGT trolley bus scheme is one of the biggest changes to transport Leeds will see in coming years. Based on consultations with Leeds University Students, it seems that LUU should support the scheme, but should lobby to ensure that the scheme provides for and takes account of students’ needs.
 
Why have you proposed it?:
 
- Efforts should be made to minimize the negative impact on residents of Lupton, both in relation to noise and increased footfall far closer to the residential site.
-  Cycle lanes need to be maintained, and cyclists’ interests protected.
- If the area around Parkinson’s is pedestrianized (as in the proposal), risks of increased congestion on Blenheim Walk should be minimised, and students should still have easy access to taxis.
- The service should provide more regular transport for Sundays and weekends, as well as at night time.
- It should, at least, be cheaper than the current buses.
- Ideally, Weetwood should be a stop, for quicker/easier transport to the amenities there.
- The scheme should not replace other efforts to improve transport in Leeds, especially for those living in areas where the trolley bus doesn’t cover, for example people living further away from the A660 and in certain areas of Hyde Park.
 
Additionally, Leeds University Union should continue to consult students as the scheme develops to take into account the opinions of new students, and to ensure students get the best deal out of the NGT trolley bus.
 
 
Date of Forum: 18th February 2013
Expires:  18th  February 2016
 
What the idea is about:
We want the Union to attempt to prevent the closure of Burley Willows older people’s care home. We want the Exec to lobby Leeds City Council against the closure and to facilitate the creation of a group of students to campaign with them against the closure.
 
As project co-ordinators of a project that volunteers, providing weekly entertainment activities at the Burley Willows home, we want to try our best to prevent the closure. However, as finalists we don’t feel that we have enough time to commit and will be leaving Leeds in the summer, so we want the union to campaign against the closure, and to make other students who may want to get involved aware of the cause.
  
Why have you proposed it?:
 
-We want social services-run Burley Willows to stay open because while running a volunteering project as part of Action we’ve got to know the residents and don’t want to see them split between a range of privately-run care homes.
 
Moving would be a distressing experience for the elderly residents who value continuity of care. Closure would mean removing residents from carers they trust and companions they have in other residents. The closure of the home would also have an adverse impact on the staff and families of residents who don’t want to see residents moved. The home provides a safe residence, Burley Willows is a social services-run care home providing excellent care, shown in its last review from the CQC.
 
Finally, LUU has built links with this care home through the volunteering society action, enabling willing students to mix with local people, this project would be affected by the closure. Our project provides entertainment for residents who enjoy each others company as well as interaction with a younger generation. Closure of the home would mean there may be less opportunities available for students to engage with the wider community through these projects, as our volunteering project attempts to build links with new organisations.
 
 
Date of Forum: 29th October 2013
Expires:  29th October 2016
Name of proposer:
Frankie O’Byrne
 
What the idea is about:
Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, have a campaign to end letting fees, which are additional non-refundable charges to renters on top of the deposit and rent. LUU should support this campaign and lobby landlords to stop charging letting fees.
 
Why have you proposed it? 
Students are faced with real financial difficult as loans and grants no longer cover costs like rents and bills. Additional charges, either for simple administrative tasks or as a means to get more money from renters, are breaking the bank for many and they are simply wrong. We should tackle this issue to make life easier not only for our students but for graduates and the wider community.
 
 
Date of Forum: 11th March 2014
Expires: 11th March 2017
Name of proposer:
Roisin O'Byrne
 
What the idea is about:
I would like to see all Halls of Residence to have a communal computer and printer (for example in a common room or in the reception areas by the postboxes) for students to be able to access their work from the comfort, and convenience of their Halls, without having to waste a lot of time travelling long distances to find the nearest library or computer. 
 
Why have you proposed it?
Many students cannot afford individuals printers in their rooms with entry-level models starting at around £50 plus ink, paper and occasionally, installation costs. They are also bulky and take up a lot of room, particularly given the limited space in Halls. This would make studying easier and with more resources available at student's convenience, and this allows students to work more efficiently. Many students have already fed back to me that they would benefit from this. 
 
 
Date of Forum: 11th March 2014
Expires: 11th March 2017
Name of proposer:
Frankie O’Byrne
 
What the idea is about:
We have our first Councilor and MP Question Time this year and I think that it is a great opportunity to get our students to meet the people that represent our interest at a regional and national level and be able to question them on what they do. I believe that these should be made into regular events so that every year, our students can engage with local politics and be active citizens in the city.
 
Why have you proposed it?
I believe that we should hold our local representatives to account to ensure that they work to help students make the most out of living in Leeds and I want to ensure that it continues after this year so I think that the union should ensure that these events happen regularly.
 
 
Date of the Forum: Thursday 15th May 2014
Expires: Thursday 15th May 2017
 
Name of proposer:
Bradley Escorcio
 
What is the idea about?
 
As part of the new strategic plan to be endorsed by students at the Better Union Forum, we carried out some extensive research into the lives of students and held the Biggest Student Forum. Ever to let you have your say on our new vision.
 
For the community students wanted a greater emphasis on sustainability, improved personal safety and security, and community cohesion where students are acknowledged as valuable citizens in Leeds.
As well as wanting students to be in control of their own Union experience it is important that the student voice is also heard in the wider community so you are happier, safer and healthier.
In order to achieve this change the following projects have been proposed in line with the Express Yourself research:
 
Creating an effective representation structure to ensure students views are heard in the community, at Resident’s Association groups, Better Leeds Forum and with Leeds City Council.
• Engage with community partners and the University to provide career-related skills through initiatives such as accredited learning in citizenship and volunteering, mentoring and work experience.
• Continuously improve our sustainability through our operations design, procurement decisions, energy and waste management.
• Participate in community policy setting and campaigning, using the 2015 General Election as a springboard for engagement. Empower our volunteering groups to create new impacts for the local community.
Create a user-led 24 hour personalised help and advice service so students can have access to support in a way that suits them. 
• Create a new focus on health and well being in our support work, empowering our welfare societies to lead new campaigns and peer support.
• Review the support we offer to all our partners in areas of safety to ensure that students’ key concerns are met and that they feel safer.
• Provide students with the opportunities to engage with environmental issues through projects like the Green Fund, recycling and energy management; empowering our environmental societies to lead new projects and campaigns.
 
Why do you want the idea?
Every four years Leeds University Union refreshes its strategy and creates a vision to shape projects over the following four years. In November 2013 we commissioned the Biggest Piece of Research into Leeds Students. Ever. which over 4,000 students took part in. The Express Yourself research improved our understanding of students at Leeds moving us away from a simply demographic analysis to one that took a more insightful look into their attitudes and behaviours towards university life. The 25 minute questionnaire helped us form project groups around seven key areas affecting students;
 
Degree and career
• Sense of belonging
• Money
• Safety
• Commercial services
• Sustainability
Politics and democracy
 
These groups have helped facilitate our work towards a new vision for 2014-2018 and given the endorsement from students we will commission our new strategic plan – setting out how we will achieve these changes to create some great impacts for students at Leeds.
 
 
Name of proposer:
George Bradley
 
Date of Forum: 28th October 2014
Expires:  28th October 2017
 
Idea Title:
Should LUU support the energy bill revolution?
 
Why?
The Energy Bill Revolution is a movement of people committed to ensuring warm homes and lower bills for all.  It is a public alliance, made up of children’s and older people’s charities, environment groups, health and disability groups, trade unions, consumer groups, businesses, politicians and public figures.  The main proposal is to call for government to make home energy efficiency a UK national infrastructure priority.  It would be funded through revenue generated through a carbon tax and low income homes would receive grants to improve their energy efficiency to band c or above.  As students have a low income, they would benefit directly if this policy were adopted.  We should also support this more broadly, particularly as Hyde Park, the neighbourhood adjacent to campus, has one of the highest levels of child poverty in the UK.
 
 
Date of Forum: 28th October 2014
Expires: 28th October 2017
 
Name of proposer:
George Bradley
 
What?
Should LUU declare its support for the Leeds Cycling Campaign opposition to the NGT in Leeds.
 
Why?
The Leeds cycling campaign has launched opposition against the newly proposed NGT system in Leeds. They have based this opposition on evidence that suggests that NGT has been proposed without cyclists in mind and could make cycling in Leeds dangerous. We should support their campaign in a bid to make any future development of Leeds better for cyclists and better for the city.
 
 
Date of the Forum: 28th October 2014
Expires: 28th October 2017
 
Name of proposer:
Nicola Stewart
 
What the idea is about:
We want local MPs, councillors and stakeholders to sign our pledge to make Leeds the first city in the UK to have a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment. We want them to agree to: raise awareness of this important issue; help to reduce the threat of sexual harassment thus making Leeds a safer place; help to remove the stigma associated with being a victim of sexual harassment; encourage those affected to seek support; and in doing so work towards making Leeds a Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment city. 
 
Why have you proposed it?:
NUS's Hidden Marks report states that 68% of respondents had received some form of sexual harassment in or around university.  Furthermore, the Express Yourself survey found that personal safety was one of the biggest concerns for female undergrads.  This is clearly a huge problem that needs to be addressed to ensure this is not an issue for students in Leeds.
LUU already has a Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment policy which means incidents of this nature can be reported to any member of LUU staff who will take the report seriously and offer them plenty of support. We think this is great and this approach should be made city-wide so students can feel safe and supported anywhere in Leeds. We believe the safety of students is a priority for everyone in the city, and want MPs, councillors, etc. to recognise this. We want them to pledge to do all they can to make Leeds a Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment city.  
 

Should LUU lobby Leeds City Council to improve pedestrian pavements on campus?

Date of Forum: 4th Feb 2015
Expires: 4th Feb 2018

Name of Proposer:
Gemma Turner

What the Idea is about:
I would like to lobby LCC to improve pavements on campus to ensure that all students can get around safely.

Why have you proposed it?
Pavements and pedestrian routes on campus are publicly owned and maintained by the city council. Pavements are very uneven and not maintained; this means that for a large amount of people it is difficult to get around campus. This includes but does not exclude disabled students/parents pushing prams and older citizens. I would therefore like to lobby the council to improve these routes. This would ensure that the risk of accidents is reduced and accessing campus is easier for not just students but the general public too.

Should LUU work with local taxi firms to increase the provision of accessible taxis?

Date of Forum: 4th Feb 2015
Expires: 4th Feb 2018

Name of proposer:
Lawrence Thompson


What the idea is about:
I would like three things from this policy: I would like LUU to engage local taxi firms and work out the number of accessible taxis available in Leeds. Secondly, I would then like LUU to engage students who identify as disabled and record whether they believe there is a lack of accessible taxis. Thirdly, I would like LUU to use their corporate relationship with Amber cars to increase the number of accessible taxis available.

Why have you proposed it?:
As the Representative of Welfare societies in the Activities Executive I represent the Disability Action Group. This is something that they have said puts students in danger, at risk and serves as a barrier to students enjoying their time at Leeds. Leeds University Union, as the largest political body in the City, should advocate for an improved situation for anyone in Leeds who needs to use accessible taxis.

Should LUU support a bid for Leeds to become the European Capital of Culture 2023?

Date of Forum: 4th Feb 2015
Expires: 4th Feb 2018

Name of Proposer:
George Bradley

What the Idea is about:
Whether the collective student body should publicly support a bid, which is as yet undecided/unconfirmed, for the European Capital of Culture.

Why have you proposed it?
The European Capital of Culture is a year-long festival held by a European city. It has to be won against fierce competition, much like the Commonwealth games, Olympics or Tour de France Grand Depart.
The next opportunity for a UK city to be European Capital of Culture will be in 2023! It seems a long way off but bidding closes in mid 2017 and cities have to register to bid by the end of 2016. Cities thinking of bidding for 2023 are starting their preparations now as it takes at least a year to put a bid together. That means we need to make up our minds soon if we want to bid!
Even if Leeds didn’t win, the energy that goes into developing the bid can help foster urban regeneration, change the city's image and raise its profile on an international scale. Due to this it could generate considerable cultural, social and economic benefits for Leeds. For more info head to the website http://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/European-Capital-of-Culture-2023.aspx

Should LUU encourage the University to work together in delivering coordinated messages regarding the private rented sector?

Date of Forum: 4th Feb 2015
Expires: 4th Feb 2018

Name of Proposer:
George Bradley

What the Idea is about:
The two organisations should pool resources and coordinate efforts to inform students how best to navigate the private rented sector, as a duty of care from both.

Why have you proposed it?
Every year, students move into shared housing, flats, and other private rented accommodation. When going through this process uninformed, it is easy to fall foul of landlords and letting agents in the sector, who continually take advantage of the naivety and lack of knowledge some students have, and capitalise unnecessarily on this. LUU runs awareness campaigns and has comprehensive advice on how to rent and what to look out for. The University should take better care of its students once they move out of University-owned accommodation such as halls, as part of their duty of care to their students. To this end, the two institutions should collaborate and coordinate campaigns so that students are better informed and empowered to house hunt and rent successfully.

 
Date of forum: Wednesday 6th May 2015
Expires: 6th May 2018
 
Name of proposer:
Lawrence Thompson
 
What the idea is about:
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are the groups who decide how Health spending is allocated and decided. Put simply: they are given a lump sum from NHS England and allocate the funding according to various measures and restrictions. They do their best to adequately predict and prepare for the health needs of the coming budgetary period. I believe LUU should work with these groups to work out how to influence the primary measure of need: “Joint Strategic Needs Assessments”. (JSNAs). This idea is particularly important to ensure fair funding of Mental Health provision in the NHS. Historically underfunded, currently under severe pressure to cut, Mental Health services in Leeds, much like in rest of the country, are not meeting the needs of our students here in Leeds. 
 
Part of the reason for this is because many students do not present their Mental Health difficulties to NHS services, instead choosing to interact with LUU/UoL services. A more important part of this problem is that because students ‘transition’ away from Leeds during Christmas, Easter and summer. Annual or six-monthly assessments of needs may misinterpret the seasonal or fluctuating demand for these services and the need to ‘join-up’ services across the country; as students move in and out of the city. Influencing JSNAs will also secure provision of historically scarce services such as support for Eating-Disorders and Schizophrenia.
 
 
Name of proposer:
Lawrence Thompson
 
What the idea is about:
The idea is that LUU should work with key stakeholders to work out the level of support available within Leeds for students in this situation. I would like LUU to work with local government to ensure that if the provision isn’t sufficient, LUU will campaign to make it sufficient. I would like LUU to promote these support services through the relevant channels and to ensure service information is promoted to key University stakeholders. I would also like LUU to review the holistic support available to students in these situations: as it may involve a student needing financial support to move house, it may involve needing to attend a Refuge centre, it may require counselling support from University/NHS services alongside support in navigating the mundane problems of essay deadlines/ seminar attendance. 
 
Why have you proposed it?:
Every week in the UK 2 women, every week, die from Domestic Violence or Intimate Partner Violence. One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute. We should not consider the student population as separate from these national trends. As the Welfare Representative on the Activities Exec I'm unaware of any particular support services beyond Mental Health support, Student Advice Centre and Victim Support. None of these support services are sufficient in and of themselves, to deal with this most difficult of problems. I also don’t believe they link up well enough with local domestic violence/ IPV charities to promote external support. For the benefit of our students, this should change. 
 
 
 
Forum date: 28th October 2015
Expires: 28th October 2018
 
Idea proposer: Jonny Foster
 

What the Idea is about:

LUU should lobby the council to improve pedestrian crossings in the local area in particular the crossing at the T-junction between Belle Vue Road and Moorland Road and the crossroads where Moorland Road, Hyde Park Road and Royal Park Road intersect. These particular crossing points, which are both heavily used by students, are key arterial routes for people walking towards University/town and Hyde Park/Headingley. I want LUU to push the council to install a zebra crossing across Belle-Vue Road and for the council to investigate how we can make the crossroads further up the road safer for its users.
 

Why have you proposed it?

Thousands of students and local residents walk between Hyde Park, the Universities and town every day and many are forced to walk down Moorland Road as part of their journey, negotiating two particularly nasty crossings. The T-Junction between Belle Vue Road and Moorland Road is very wide and cars often only begin to turn onto Belle Vue Road from Moorland Road whilst people are mid-crossing. The situation becomes increasingly dangerous at night when the Woodhouse Moor becomes too unsafe to walk through so people are forced to walk round and negotiate this crossing. Further up Moorland Road at the crossroads, the number of vehicles driving at high speeds, cyclists, buses and HGVs pose particular risks to local residents and students crossing. The high number of parked cars along Hyde Park Road makes it extremely difficult to see what is coming up the road and large vehicles/buses often obscure vision of the crossroad.
 

Should the Union lobby FirstLeeds to provide city wide student fares?

Forum date: 28th October 2015

Expires: 28th October 2018

Idea proposer: Luke Etheridge

What the Idea is about:

An expansion of the £1 student fares to all services in Leeds, not just on the main student routes.
 

Why have you proposed it?

A service like this is currently provided in Sheffield by First, with £1 fares available on all buses in the city, rather than the Student Term tickets which are available in Leeds. These do provide good value for money, but only if the student is a regular traveller on the buses.

 
Forum date: 28th October 2015
Expires: 28th October 2018
 
Idea proposer: Matthias De Ruyver

 

What the Idea is about:

LUU should lobby landlords and letting agents to always give prospective tenants 24 hours to take the contract they are due to sign away. This is to allow time for them to read and get their contract checked. During this period the landlord or letting agent agrees not to sign a lease for the property to anyone else.

Why have you proposed it?

Students often feel under pressure to find a house even though according to LUU there were over 5000 empty bedrooms in Leeds last year. The nationwide NUS ‘Homes for fit study’ report (2014) showed that 40% of students began house-hunting because they were worried that they would be left with no house.

Furthermore, 30% of students who signed through a non-students’ union letting agent experienced pressure to sign a contract. This is despite the prohibition of aggressive commercial practices under Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations. When students sign a contract they are committing to pay thousands of pounds, and they need the time to think whether that commitment is right for them without being pressured to sign.

Good landlords and letting agents already have this policy. The LUU Housing Help and Advice webpage states one characteristic of a good landlord as someone who “lets you take away the contract for 24 hours to read it through”, and Unipol Code already makes this a requirement.

Should LUU lobby landlords to remove holding deposits?

Forum date: 28th October 2015

Expired: 28th October 2018

Idea proposer: Matthias De Ruyver

What the Idea is about:

LUU should lobby landlords and letting agents to end the use of holding deposits and retention charges. Holding deposits and retention charges are used to reserve the property and take it off the market while the landlord or letting agent prepares the contract, checks references and conducts a credit check. A holding deposit is different to a tenancy or a security deposit (commonly known just as a deposit), and it is not secured by the tenancy deposit scheme. Instead of a holding deposit or retention charge, landlords should use the upfront payment of a tenancy deposit and any rent in advance as assurance of the tenant’s commitment to renting the property.
 

Why have you proposed it?

Some students are being asked to pay a substantial amount of money upfront through a combination of letting fees, a tenancy deposit, a holding deposit/fee and rent in advance. Housing and homelessness charity, Shelter, “believes costs to the renter should be concentrated on the protected tenancy deposit and payment of rent in advance”. More worryingly, the NUS ‘Homes for fit study’ report (2014) showed that almost a quarter of students had been asked to pay a holding deposit before seeing a copy of the proposed contract. Such students can feel under more pressure to sign as they could lose the money they have paid. Sometimes this can be as high as £100 per tenant. As holding deposits are not protected through the tenancy deposit scheme, they can be more difficult to recover should a dispute arise.

Should LUU do more to raise awareness of tenants' rights?

Forum date: 26th November 2015

Expires: 26th November 2018

Idea proposer: Matthias De Ruyver

What the Idea is about:

LUU should dedicate more resources to raising awareness of students’ rights as a tenant, with the aim that the majority of students will know most of their ‘essential’ rights as a tenant by the end of the 2017/18 academic year.

Should this idea pass, the Union will decide which tenants’ rights should be classified as ‘essential’. Suggestions include the right to:

1) Keep your rights regardless of what your contract says.

2) Sign a contract without being misled by actions or omissions, or while under pressure from aggressive practices.

3) Live in a property that’s safe and in a good state of repair.

4) Stay in the property unless evicted by a bailiff with a valid warrant from a court.

5) Know your landlord’s full name and address, even when renting through a letting agency.

6) Know how much the rent is, when it is due, and how it should be paid.

7) Refuse a rent increase and continue paying the rent as agreed when signing the fixed-term tenancy agreement (but not on renewal).

8) Be given 24 hours notice before the landlord accesses the property, except in an emergency.

9) Have your deposit protected and know which scheme it is in.

10) Switch to a cheaper (or more expensive) energy provider if you pay them directly, or receive a copy of the utility bill from your landlord if you pay him/her by usage.

11) Receive a copy of the gas safety certificate, energy performance certificate, and if there are five or more people over at least three floors, a copy of the HMO license.

Why have you proposed it?

Tenants need to know their rights in order to be able to recognise unlawful letting practices. Without recognition, action can not to be taken.

University of Leeds students voted “What are my rights as a tenant” as the most wanted housing-related advice at the token voting stall this year.

The NUS ‘Homes fit for study’ report (2014) found that “students are insufficiently educated as to their rights”, with only 47% of students responding that they thought they knew their rights as a tenant. Of particular worry is that only 53% said that they had definitely received evidence that their deposit was protected, with 22% saying they definitely had not.

Good landlords and letting agents will benefit from this policy as students would be able to recognise and avoid landlords who use unlawful letting practices.

Should LUU lobby landlords who resell utilities to show they are charging a fair price?

Forum date: 26th November 2015

Expires: 26th November 2018

Idea proposer: Matthias De Ruyver

What the Idea is about:

LUU should lobby landlords who resell utilities (for example through a prepayment meter) to show they are charging a fair price. Such landlords should explain in writing how utility charges are calculated, and provide a copy of a recent utility bill or utility contract showing the unit price.

Utilities that are charged at a set rate regardless of usage (for example all-inclusive bills) are not applicable.

Why have you proposed it?

Gas and Electricity regulator Ofgem and Water Services regulator Ofwat have determined that utilities cannot be resold at a higher rate than originally purchased. However, landlords who resell utilities currently do not have to explain how utility charges are calculated unless requested by the tenant. This could lead to tenants being unknowingly overcharged for utilities.

Should we lobby Leeds City Council to extend parking restrictions to Brudenell Road?

Forum date: 26th November 2015

Expires: 26th November 2018

Idea proposer: Conor Walsh

What the Idea is about:

Parking restrictions and speed calming measures on Brudenell Rd stretching from the Woodhouse Moor to Sainsbury's opposite the Hyde Park Picture house.

Why have you proposed it?:

Currently Brudenell Rd in Hyde Park is one of the main thoroughfares for students traveling to the university either on foot or by bike. At the moment the road has no form of parking restrictions like much of the rest of Hyde Park, Owing to it's proximity to the university it's a popular parking spot  for those traveling into the university from afar leaving the road congested from the morning through till the evening. This leads to parking on either side of the road causing effectively a single lane rd only wide enough for one car at a time. This has impacts on car drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Most impacted are cyclists who when en-route to university are forced off the rd by taxis and other vehicles coming in both directions as they climb the hill towards the park, This route is a more desirable route, as it avoids Royal Park Rd which is steeper and a busy bus route.  The parking restrictions would give over considerable road space to cyclists. The speed calming measures would hopefully negate any increased speed by motorists owing to the clearer route.

Should LUU work with the University to develop a rent guarantor scheme?

Forum date: 26th November 2015

Expires: 26th November 2018

Idea proposer: Matthias de Ruyver

What the Idea is about:

LUU should work with the University to develop a rent guarantor scheme for continuing full-time students with no other UK guarantor available. The eligibility criteria should be created so that the risk to the university is minimised.

Why have you proposed it?

Students with no UK guarantor often have to pay a large amount of rent in advance. The NUS ‘Homes for fit study’ report (2014) showed that the majority of students who could not fulfill a request for a UK guarantor would be asked instead to pay at least three months of rent upfront. Including a deposit, the upfront cost can easily go into the thousands - months before the move-in date. Unless they are able to meet these costs, their choice in housing is restricted.

Should we hold a big food donation service before every long student holiday?

Forum date: 3rd February 2016

Expires: 3rd February 2019

Idea proposer: Mirren Malcolm-Neale

What the Idea is about:

Before every long student holiday (i.e end of each semester, christmas, easter, summer) a large food donation point could be set up in the union where students bring unwanted food which could then be distributed to various food banks/food cycle/homeless shelters around Leeds. Perhaps a collaboration with Homed Society & STAR society could be formed.

Why have you proposed it?

Given the current economical and environmental problems, reducing the amount of food we waste is just a small step we can take to improve the situation. Increasingly many people rely on food banks and before students leave for long periods of time, huge amounts of food gets thrown away. This could easily be donated to those in need.

Should the union support the formation of our student housing co-op?

Forum date: 3rd February 2016

Expires: 3rd February 2019

Idea proposer: Isabelle Ward

What the Idea is about:

We want the Students Union to support the creation of a housing co-operative. We are in the process of creating a Student housing co-operative and we would like help from the Union.

A co-operative house is one owned and managed by the people that live in it. Tenants are the members of the co-op and pay rent to the co-op. As co-op members they also set their own rent and take on the role of landlord collectively. They have already been set up in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Sheffield.

Support from the SU would include help to promote the co-operative, staff support and advice on helping to create our business framework, staff advice on our next steps and union support on facilitating the co-op’s handover.

We would not all benefit from this policy ourselves as some of us will have graduated by the time this is established. We just want to show students there is another way than dealing with a private landlord or staying in halls. 

Why have you proposed it?

A student housing cooperative would provide affordable housing and a way for students to gain more control over their housing situation. Cooperatives also provide a way for students to live more communally and in line with their values. The house could be a space from which to organise community actions, such as how DiscoSoup (a junkfood project) runs out of Edinburgh co-op.

The cooperative would be for students of all higher education institutions in Leeds. This would foster better links in the overall student population. Historically, private companies providing student housing have provoked permanent residents to feel alienated in their own communities and to resent the student population.

Based on experiences of other student cooperatives, we believe a student housing cooperative would create better links between students and permanent residents in Leeds.

This is a great opportunity to make Leeds a pioneer in the new and rapidly expanding network of student housing cooperatives in the UK.

Should Leeds University Union lobby Leeds City Council to provide additional bottle banks in common student areas such as Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Headingley & Burley

Forum date: 1st March 2016

Expires: 1st March 2019

Idea proposer: Jonny Foster

What do you want?

I want LUU to push Leeds City Council to provide additional bottle bank capacity throughout areas where students tend to live during their time studying in Leeds. These places can include but are not limited to Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Burley and Headingley. As a start LUU should lobby Leeds City Council to place bottle banks around the parade of shops on Brudenell Road and around the old Royal Park Primary School site.

Why do you want it?

In my opinion bottle bank capacity is extremely poor throughout the areas listed above and students often mention this to me as Community Officer. As the Council currently do not take away our bottles as part of their domestic waste collection service students, and indeed local residents, are forced to walk long distances in some cases to deposit their empty bottles. If we reduce the time it would take to walk to the nearest bottle bank then we can hopefully encourage more people to recycle glass. Glass is causing an awful lot of contamination to green recycling bins at the moment with the end result that the contents of many green bins ending up on landfill as it is too contaminated.

Should the union lobby doctor practices in Leeds to support students?

Forum date: 4th May 2016

Expires: 4th May 2019

Idea Proposer: Rebecca Foxcroft

What the idea is about:
Leeds Student Medical Practice is the most accessible doctors to students at the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett. However, if you live outside a very particular area, regardless of your student status, you are no longer in their catchment area. I would like the catchment area to be extended to all of Leeds in its entirety, or more sensibly, every student at these universities can be part of the student practice.
 

Why have you proposed it?:
The main reason for wanting this is as time goes on students move. Students as migrated from Headingley to Hyde park and Burley, as as time goes on increasing numbers, especially older and postgraduate students, are moving further a field, like Armley. And despite the walking distance between the university and Armley or Headingley being the same. Armley is not included. Moreover, as rents increase in popular student areas, places like Armley become more appealing due to their lower price tag! Moreover, to join any other practice is more difficult as the student practice takes your university timetable into consideration. And our uni pays for any doctors notes we need.

 

Should LUU stop promoting landlords who charge fees?

Forum date: 4th May 2016

Expires: 4th May 2019

Idea proposer: Matthias De Ruyver

What the idea is about:

LUU should stop promoting landlords and letting agencies who charge fees or holding deposits. Landlords and letting agencies will still be allowed to ask for a tenancy deposit and any rent upfront, but only after the contract is signed.

 

“Promotion” includes, but is not limited to, advertising in the Union, attending the housing fair, or being eligible for awards given by LUU.

 

This policy would be enforced from the start of the 2016/17 session (21 September 2016).

Affected landlords should ideally be notified as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the 2015/16 session (17 June 2016).

 

Why have you proposed it?:

Current policy mandates LUU to campaign against letting fees and holding deposits. Despite this, LUU currently promotes landlords and letting agencies who charge fees and holding deposits.

 

The case against letting fees is explained in this policy which was passed in 2013: https://www.luu.org.uk/yourideas/policy/leeds/#shelter

 

And the case against holding deposits is explained in this policy which was passed in 2015: https://www.luu.org.uk/yourideas/policy/leeds/#holding deposits

 

Should the Union run a 3 year Cost of Living campaign?

Forum date: 4th May 2016

Expires: 4th May 2019

Idea Proposer: Toke Dahler

What the idea is about:

I want the Union to prioritise the cost of living for students. It is the single biggest concern students have – and the financial pressure is only going to get worse with the scrapping of maintenance grants and increased living costs. I want the Union to consistently identify and campaign on areas where students can save money. This idea would allow that.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

A lot of areas can be cheaper for students. For Better University, cost of sport, hidden course costs, resit fees and printing are current priorities. In Leeds, costs of housing and transport are massive. And the Union itself can be supportive with lobbying, student co-ops and a range of other areas.

 

Should Leeds University Union should continue to push forward with a bike sharing scheme for Leeds by lobbying the University for the remainder of the capital costs whilst working to secure a sponsor for the operating costs?

Forum date: 4th May 2016

Expires: 4th May 2019

Idea Proposer: Jonny Foster

What the idea is about:

I want LUU to continue the work already achieved this year in bringing a bike sharing system to Leeds by working closely with the University, convincing them to invest in the scheme and looking further afield for sponsorship to cover the operating costs. I want LUU to maintain established relationships with the Sustainability Department and Facilities Directorate around this topic and push for the scheme to launch as soon as is feasibly possible. We have already written a thorough business case and are close to securing the extra funding (£15,000 has already been secured for this £72,000 project from the WYCA) but for the scheme to come to fruition we need a driving force behind it – I believe LUU is the best body to do that. The University are concerned about who will take the reins next year and I want LUU to nominate a lead on this project so it can become a reality and not lose momentum and fail.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

We have already put an enormous amount of work into the scheme this year and are so close to seeing it launch. I have been the driving force behind it but as I am now leaving I worry that such a promising and worthwhile scheme could falter because of a lack of project management from key stakeholders. If there is one organisation that is pushing the idea and taking a lead then they can push the University to power through with the scheme.

 

Should LUU, from the academic year 2016/17, replace the Halls Reps with an expanded team of Community Reps?

Forum date: 4th May 2016

Expires: 4th May 2019

Idea proposer: Jonny Foster

What the idea is about:

This year we have found that the issues faced by the Halls Reps have been on a more localised level (i.e. to do with their halls) and given the current structure of the Better Leeds Forum are expected to attend the forum even though many of the issues that arise are not relevant to them. The issues facing the Halls Reps are halls specific involving things which their site managers and residential services are best to help with. As such, we want the halls rep position to be replaced with an enlarged ‘community exec’ with an extra four roles (currently 6) to create a 10- strong team, each rep with a specific role (e.g. Transport rep, Housing rep etc). As part of this policy forums whereby students can raise issues about site-specific issues will be created so that there are better communication links between residents and site managers. Moreover, students within halls will still be represented by their housing rep if it is to do with an internal halls issue or their transport rep, for example, if it is to do with transport to/from that halls.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

We want the representative structure at LUU to be as effective as it can be and currently we feel there is a better way to achieve representation within the community, particularly within halls. A new representational structure will help in creating a non-hierarchical, issue based structure of reps whereby every student, whether you’re in first year in halls or fourth year in private rented accommodation, will know where to share their ideas and experiences. Furthermore, as mentioned, the issues that the halls reps have been dealing with this year are best directed to their site manager and residential services – we will work to create better communication links between the residents and site managers/residential services. It is our belief that creating a larger and more issue based Community Exec will foster integration between Community Reps and therefore better engagement with the role also. 

This idea would change our Bye-Laws. These are the rules that dictate how the Student’s Union is run. Below is the section of the Bye-laws that will be changed and what the new Bye-Laws would look like.

 

(Current) Bye-Law (2): Union Forums

 

  1. Union Forums will operate in accordance with the functions outlined in Article 59 of the Memorandum and Articles of Association and Bye-Law 4 on Policy

Composition

  1.  There will be three Union Forums:
  1. Better Union
  2. Better University
  3. Better Leeds
  1. The following representatives will be required to attend Better Union:
  1. Union Affairs Officer
  2. Activities Officer
  3. Culture Rep
  4. Faith Rep
  5. General Interest Rep
  6. Political and Campaigning Rep
  7. Performing Rep
  8. Media Rep
  9. Sport Rep
  10. Outdoor Activities Rep
  11. Martial Arts Rep
  12. Dance Rep
  13. Departmental Rep
  14. Volunteering Rep
  1. The following representatives will be  required to attend Better Leeds:
  1. Community Officer
  2. Welfare Officer
  3. One Community Rep from each constituency
  4. One Rep from each Hall
  1. The following representatives will be required to attend Better University:
  1. Education Officer
  2. Equality and Diversity Officer
  3. One rep from each University School or Institute
  1. Any member may attend any Union Forum and speak.  The Facilitator may at their discretion agree to non members attending a Forum and speaking. Without the Facilitator’s agreement non members are not permitted to attend or speak.
  2. Quorum for Union Forum meetings shall be a majority of the representatives entitled to attend.

 

 

Bye-Law (2): Union Forums

 

  1. Union Forums will operate in accordance with the functions outlined in Article 59 of the Memorandum and Articles of Association and Bye-Law 4 on Policy

Composition

  1.  There will be three Union Forums:
  1. Better Union
  2. Better University
  3. Better Leeds
  1. The following representatives will be required to attend Better Union:
  1. Union Affairs Officer
  2. Activities Officer
  3. Culture Rep
  4. Faith Rep
  5. General Interest Rep
  6. Political and Campaigning Rep
  7. Performing Rep
  8. Media Rep
  9. Sport Rep
  10. Outdoor Activities Rep
  11. Martial Arts Rep
  12. Dance Rep
  13. Departmental Rep
  14. Volunteering Rep
  1. The following representatives will be  required to attend Better Leeds:
  1. Community Officer
  2. Welfare Officer
  3. The Community Reps
  1. The following representatives will be required to attend Better University:
  1. Education Officer
  2. Equality and Diversity Officer
  3. One rep from each University School or Institute
  1. Any member may attend any Union Forum and speak.  The Facilitator may at their discretion agree to non members attending a Forum and speaking. Without the Facilitator’s agreement non members are not permitted to attend or speak.
  2. Quorum for Union Forum meetings shall be a majority of the representatives entitled to attend.

 

Should the Union fight against the mental health crisis?

Forum date: 4th May 2016

Expires: 4th May 2019

Idea proposer: Freya Govus

What the idea is about:

The Union should campaign for improved funding for mental health services in the NHS. The government has announced £1 billion of mental health funding – how it is allocated is to be decided by CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups). CCGs allocate NHS funding locally. We should work with local Clinical Commissioning Groups to make sure this money is used effectively and in the interests of students. For instance, we could lobby for a bigger team of mental health workers at the Leeds Student Medical Practice. However, I believe that it should be up to the future Welfare Officers to interpret this policy and decide the most effective ways this funding could be used.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

Loads of work has gone into improving mental health services over the last couple of years, but there is only so much the University can do to make up for the shortfalls of the NHS. It seems like every day there are stories coming out about the mental health crisis. We need to make sure that this new funding for mental health services is used effectively on frontline services, and we should work alongside the University and LSMP (Leeds Student Medical Practice) to ensure this.

Forum date: 26th October 2016

Expires: 26th October 2019

Idea proposer: Melissa Owusu

Idea Title:

 

Should LUU lobby against the changes to Higher Education?

 

What the idea is about:

 

The government have proposed a number of changes to UK higher education through the Higher Education Bill. These changes all culminate in the marketization of the Higher Education system as opposed to a system that is publically funded and driven only by academic curiosity - not money. These changes include the ability for institutions to raise tuition fees, it gives an independent body (Office for Students) the ability to open and close Universities more easily and assumes teaching quality can be quantified by a collection of vague metrics.

More information can be found here:

http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/articles/higher-education-bill-mps-debate-huge-shake-ups-to-the-sector

http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/resources/tef-briefing-august-2015

This would take the form of LUU lobbying the council.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

 

As education should be a public good and not driven solely by the competition of the market – Universities should not be raising fees any further and we need to put pressure on the government to continue funding higher education. Education should be open to all and the recent proposals are not conducive of this.

 

Forum date: 26th October 2016

Expires: 26th October 2019

Idea proposer: Taiwo Ogunyinka

Idea Title:

Should LUU lobby the council to provide lighting by the Woodhouse Moor basketball courts?

 

What the idea is about:

 

The two outdoor basketball courts that students can access on an ad-hoc basis near/in LS6 are the ones at the bottom of Woodhouse Moor by Hyde Park Corner and opposite Brudenelll Social Club. Neither have lights for people to play after dark.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

 

For students who have a great deal of contact hours and/or are on placement, meaning they won’t get home until 5 or later, as it gets toward the winter months, they won’t be able to have access to these facilities. I believe in the importance of people being able to partake in physical activity at all times. By simply adding some streetlights nearby or adding purpose-built lightning to the fences, the City Council could easily take steps to better support students and members of the local community in physical activity provision.

 

LUU simply has to lobby them and provide suggestions – I envision that this should not be a great deal and it is a rather obvious requirement.

 

Forum date: 26th October 2016

Expires: 26th October 2019

Idea proposer: Jamie Ali

Idea Title:

Should LUU lobby the council to make it easier for students to register to vote?

 

What the idea is about:

 

I propose that we lobby the council to update their voter registration system so that the University can effectively work with them to adopt a similar voter registration system as they have at the University of Sheffield. This system, with the support of Sheffield City Council, has been very successful. It has meant that electoral registration is integrated with the University’s online student enrolment system. This made the electoral registration process integral and requiring an active decision rather than simply linking students on to the gov.uk registration portal. Currently, the systems used by the University and the Council are able to synchronise to handle voter registration data.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

LUU itself already puts great effort and resource into registering students to vote at election time, but the number of Leeds students registered to vote remains stubbornly low. Following a change in the law at the end of 2015, voters must now register individually, meaning that Universities can no longer register students en masse. Integrating individual voter registration with the university enrolment process means that the university can take advantage of the institution’s ability to reach every single student at the University of Leeds.

 

Idea Title: Should LUU do more to lobby landlords to provide more flexible housing contracts?

Forum date: 7th February 2017

Expires: 7th February 2020

Proposed by: Jamie Ali

What the idea is about:

LUU to lobby landlords to provide more contracts which start in September, rather than July as is usually the case in the private rented sector.

We need to actively come up with a solution, for example when we banned agents who charge signing fees from the housing fair this year which led to 5 large firms dropping their rip off fees.

Why have you proposed it?:

Students are often forced to pay up to £1000 or more in rent over summer for houses they're not living in a lot of the time.

In no other situation would people be asked to pay extortionate amounts of money for a house they've probably not moved into yet. It's a rip off and it's just not on really!

 

Idea Title: Should LUU work with Unipol and private landlords to increase provisions of disabled students?

Forum date: 7th February 2017

Expires: 7th February 2020

Proposed by: Emma Healey

What the idea is about:

For LUU to push for more private landlords to have accessible accommodation and to offer more support for disabled students trying to find housing and housemates.

Why have you proposed it?

Whilst a lot of work has been done regarding accessible accommodation in halls, university-owned and private halls still remain far more expensive than living in privately rented accommodation. Disabled students also find it much harder to find accommodation, with instances of students not wanting to live disabled students or landlords being unwilling to rent. There should be a minimum number of accessible houses, and a willingness to make adaptations as part of the unipol code. Perhaps a scheme could be created that rewards landlords who commit to accessibility and provide accessible accommodation.

 

Idea Title: LUU should campaign to end cash machine charges

Forum date: 10th May 2017

Expires: 10th May 2020

Name of proposer: Jamie Ali

What the idea is about:

An end to cash machine fees

Why have you proposed it?

You shouldn't have to pay to access your own money. This isn't just a student issue, but a huge problem for people struggling to make ends meet.

The banks already fleece us even, never mind an extra £2 to get to your own money

 

Idea Title: LUU should set up a permanent donation point for sanitary products to then be donated to food banks within Leeds

Forum date: 10th May 2017

Expires: 10th May 2020

Name of proposer: Caitlin Berry

What the idea is about?

A permanent donation point in the union where tampons and sanitary pads can be donated. 

Why have you proposed it?

Recent news and a talk by the charity Freedom4Girls brought to light the fact that for people who regularly use food banks, access to sanitary products is often non-existent. Girls in Leeds are missing school during their periods because they cannot afford sanitary products, and homeless women have been found to be improvising with grass instead of pads. This is totally unacceptable. 

A donation point in the union provides a convenient and easy place for students to donate and help the local community. For a lot of students, spending an extra couple of pounds every month on sanitary products to donate is affordable. I think that it is important to use the privilege we have to help others around us, and this is a perfect example.

I am not entirely certain at this point how the donations would get to the foodbanks - whether a nominated person could deliver them on a weekly basis or whether they could be collected, so I understand that this is something that would need to be arranged.

 

Idea Title: LUU should lobby Leeds City Council for expansion of Student Bus Fare Scheme and airport bus service

Forum date: 10th May 2017

Expires: 10th May 2020

Name of proposer: Jacky Sham

What the idea is about?

Expand the student fare scheme in 2 stages 1. For connection from major University accommodation zone to city centre / bus station / train station (e.g. Leodis and IQ: 51/52 bus in Woodhouse area, 49/50/50A/56 in Burley Road for Sentinel tower, student village, Grayson heights]) 2nd stage, expand the fare system to Leeds City zone within Ring Road plus Leeds Trinity University 3. Additional: Lobby for airport bus service from University Steps (e.g. Extend 97 to LBA, or invite Yorkshire Tiger to return to Leeds University)

Why have you proposed it?

It would reduce the burden of student using public transport to transit among areas. Meanwhile, it would reduce the incentives for student hiring cars to distant accommodation as guest while public transport is reachable.


Idea Title: LUU should set a target of increased election turnout across student neighbourhoods

Forum date: 10th May 2017

Expires: 10th May 2020

Name of proposer: Jamie Ali

What the idea is about:

LUU should set a target that voter turnout will increase across wards in Leeds with significant student populations (the new wards of 'Headingley & Hyde Park' and 'Little London & Woodhouse') at each comparable election. Resources should be committed to meeting this target.

Why have you proposed it?

Student voter turnout in notoriously low, especially at local elections which don't always coincide with a General Election. Turnout in Headingley in 2016 was just 28% and 24% in Hyde Park & Woodhouse.

As long as student turnout remains low, the student voice will continue to be weak in both local and national government with decisions often being made that go directly against the interests of students in Leeds.

The University and the Council will (hopefully) be putting voter registration as part of the annual enrolment process in time for September 2017, so now we need to make sure that students actually turn up to Polling Stations on Election Day.

 

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