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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2015

Should the union lobby landlords to give prospective tenants 24hours to read their contracts?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
 

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 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 stop promoting landlords who charge fees?

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

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

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 lobby against the changes to Higher Education?

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

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

 

2017

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?

Should LUU campaign to end cash machine charges?

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

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

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

 
 
 
 
 
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
Forum date: 28th October 2015
Expires: 28th October 2018
 
Proposed by: 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
 
Proposed by: 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

 

Proposed by: 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

 

Proposed by: 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

 

Proposed by: 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

 

Proposed by: 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

 

Proposed by: 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

 

Proposed by: 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

 

Proposed by: 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

 

Proposed by: 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

Proposed by: 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

 

Proposed by: 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

Proposed by: 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

Proposed by: 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

Proposed by: 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

 

Proposed by: 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.

 

Should LUU lobby against the changes to Higher Education?

Forum date: 26th October 2016

Expires: 26th October 2019

 

Proposed by: Melissa Owusu

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.

 

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

Forum date: 26th October 2016

Expires: 26th October 2019

 

Proposed by: Taiwo Ogunyinka

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.

 

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

Forum date: 26th October 2016

Expires: 26th October 2019

 

Proposed by: Jamie Ali

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

Should LUU campaign to end cash machine charges?

Forum date: 10th May 2017

Expires: 10th May 2020

 

Proposed by: 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

 

Should LUU 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

 

Proposed by: 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.

 

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

Forum date: 10th May 2017

Expires: 10th May 2020

 

Proposed by: 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.

 

Should LUU set a target of increased election turnout across student neighbourhoods?

Forum date: 10th May 2017

Expires: 10th May 2020

 

Proposed by: 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.

 

 

 

Should LUU Conduct a Study into the Effectiveness of Guarantor Agreements?

Forum date: 23rd November 2017

Expires: 23rd November 2020

Proposed by: Matthias De Ruyver

 

What the idea is about:

I want LUU to conduct a study into the effectiveness of rent guarantor agreements.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

Some landlords make signing a rent guarantor agreement a requirement to renting their property. Some students, notably those from outside the UK, are unable to sign rent guarantor agreements as the guarantor must live and own property in the UK. It is commonly thought that guarantor agreements are an effective way to minimise the risk of unpaid rent, but I have yet to see a systematic study of this.

 

 

 

Should LUU Survey Students on Their Awareness of Housing Matters?

Forum date: 23rd November 2017

Expires: 23rd November 2020

 

Proposed by: Matthias De Ruyver

 

What the idea is about:

I want LUU to survey students every year on their awareness of housing matters before and after the house hunting season.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

LUU runs housing-related awareness campaigns every year, but they do not track housing-related awareness amongst students. How can we know if these campaigns are effective?

 

 

 

Should LUU Lobby Landlords to Be More Bicycle-Friendly?

Forum date: 23rd November 2017

Expires: 23rd November 2020

 

Proposed by: Matthias De Ruyver

What the idea is about:

I want LUU to lobby landlords to be more bicycle-friendly.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

Some student properties do not have secure cycle storage, making it necessary for students to store them inside which can be inconvenient, or store them outside at risk of theft. Some landlords tell tenants not to store their bicycle inside their property, and some write this down in the tenancy agreement.

 

 

 

Should LUU lobby the council to provide tetra pak recycling facilities in student areas?

Forum date: 23rd November 2017

Expires: 23rd November 2020

 

Proposed by: Kathryn Irish

What the idea is about:

I want LUU to lobby the council to either include tetra paks in green bin recycling or provide a dedicated tetra pak recycling bin in an area that is accessible to students.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

Currently tetra paks can't be recycled in green bins they have to be taken to a designated recycling point. The nearest place to campus and LS6 that they can be recycled is in Meanwood, this is too far out for most students. A lot of students really care about recycling and we should be able to recycle tetra paks without having to travel far away.

 

 

 

Should LUU encourage private landlords to engage with LUU's waste and recycling campaigns?

Forum date: 23rd November 2017

Expires: 23rd November 2020

 

Proposed by: George Bissett

What the idea is about:

Landlords in the private sector should support and get involved with LUU's Leave Leeds Tidy campaign, as well as any other waste or recycling related campaigns they run.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

Student housing changeover is a time of year where tensions between the student community and local residents are at their highest due to the extra waste produced by students moving in and out of properties in Leeds neighbourhoods with large student populations. But a lot of the waste on the streets comes from landlords, not students. LUU's Leave Leeds Tidy campaign helps reduce waste at this time of year. Landlords should take some responsibility for the waste which is a byproduct of their industry and support LUU's efforts to reduce the rubbish.

 

Should LUU support more secure bike storage in Leeds' student areas?

Forum date: 1st February 2018

Expires: 1st February 2021

 

Proposed by: George Bissett

What the idea is about:

I want more secure public bike storage in student neighbourhoods, in the form of either bike lockers in gardens or in place of on-street parking spaces provided by either private landlords or Leeds City Council.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

I want students that already cycle to have more secure places to store their bikes. This would also make Leeds a more cycle friendly place to live, encouraging more people to cycle, reducing the number of cars on the road.

 

 

Should LUU be campaigning for better mental health services across Leeds?

Forum date: 1st February 2018

Expires: 1st February 2021

 

Proposed by: Chloe Sparks

What the idea is about:

I want LUU to work with local health services and campaign for well funded mental health services in Leeds that can cater to students when appropriate.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

  • A mixture of rising awareness and increasing pressures on student life means that the need for student mental health services has continued to rapidly increase over the past few years.

  • Although there are still many improvements to be made, LUU and the University already provide support for student mental health and wellbeing. It's time to spread our work further and see how we can also tackle the mental health crisis off campus.

  • As the pressure increases LUU needs to consider what it can do to work with local services in Leeds to ensure that they are available to students, relevant to students and sufficiently funded to deal with the increasing numbers of students who need support.

  • Many students have reported to me their bad experiences with services in Leeds, ranging from waiting lists that are even longer than the University's counselling service, to a lack of understanding of the issues that students can face.

  • This is needed now more than ever due to the increasing funding cuts to Leeds City Council, the NHS and many other mental health service providers across the city.

 

Should the Leeds Student Medical Practice have an alternative method of booking same-day appointments for students with mental health issues?

Forum date: 3rd May 2018

Expires: 3rd May 2021

 

Proposed by: Daniel Katz

What the idea is about:

The Leeds Student Medical Practice should institute an online, phone-based or other method of registering for same-day appointments that does not involve having to arrive at the practice at 8:30am and queue

 

Why have you proposed it?:

  • Many students are affected by mental health issues, and visiting their GP can be the first step towards accessing treatment

  • However, having to arrive early in the morning for a same day appointment, in person, can be nerve-wracking and inaccessible to students with conditions such as anxiety and depression

  • The current system has the potential to actively deter students from seeking treatment and prolong their difficulties

  • Other student-based medical practices have online systems, such at York University, and LSMP should use best practice and follow this initiative

 

Should the legacy of the Leeds 2023 European Capital of Culture bid have a focus on community cohesion and development?

Forum date: 3rd May 2018

Expires: 3rd May 2021

 

Proposed by: George Bissett

What the idea is about:

LUU to hold major stakeholders in Leeds 2023 to account to ensure what happens following the end of the official Leeds 2023 bid celebrates and benefits the welfare of everyone in Leeds.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

Last November, it was announced that due to the UK's impending departure from the EU, Leeds will no long be able to host the European Capital of Culture in 2023. In January, Leeds City Council and the 2023 Independent Steering Group announced a £35m six-year investment programme, culminating in a year-long celebration of the city’s diverse cultures in 2023. It is brilliant to see the momentum from the bid not go to waste, but LUU needs to act as a 'critical friend' to the stakeholders of this programme, supporting them in their efforts while keeping them accountable.

Part of being a European capital of culture should be celebrating the diverse European cultures found within Leeds, which should be accompanied by a commitment to the the well-being of European migrants in the city. We ALL need to do more in terms of social policy and public services to prevent  the social exclusion of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; especially those who are vulnerable European citizens in our city at the risk of discrimination and exploitation. The fact that there is no longer a badge of honour to win at the end means that this can be more of a priority.

 

Should Unipol mandate Unipol Code Landlords to provide a working burglar alarm in their properties?

Forum date: 3rd May 2018

Expires: 3rd May 2021

 

Proposed by: George Bissett

What the idea is about:

All Unipol Code Properties should have a burglar alarm. This should be made a requirement in the Unipol Code.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

It's no secret that burglary in Leeds' student areas is one of the biggest issues students face in the private rented sector, meaning many students feel unsafe where they live. When it comes to prevention, West Yorkshire Police's advice is to take a tiered approach: every preventative measure you take in combination with each other decreases the chance that you will be a victim of burglary.

Some measures can be taken by anyone: closing all windows and leaving a light on when you go out; locking your doors properly; not telling a stranger that the house is empty. But certain things are dependant on the landlord. If the landlord hasn't installed a burglar alarm, the tenant doesn't have the option to set one, putting their house at more risk than someone else's who has an alarm. It is unacceptable that Unipol do not mandate their landlords, who are meant to be the best in Leeds, to offer students this simple but effective safety measure.

With student safety being such the issue that it is, LUU should pressure Unipol to introduce a clause to the Code that puts working burglar alarms in every Unipol Code property in Leeds. This might then have the knock on effect of encouraging non-code landlords to install alarms in their properties to compete with the market.

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