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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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Should Course Reps be given the same LUU discount as School Reps and Hall Exec?

Should LUU work in Partnership with stage@leeds to reduce the cost of using their facilities?

Should LUU join Leeds Citizens?

Should the union work to promote women in sport?

Should LUU work with the activities department and the SPA to create a new system for the allocation of storage space?

Should the LUU Welfare Officer be responsible for continuing Student Minds Eating Disorder Support Group?

Should LUU limit the use of paper used in the Leadership candidates’ campaigns?

Should the union support Leeds Student Television in playing out their weekly broadcast in union?

Should LUU campaign to encourage students at the University of Leeds to take part in Earth Hour and for the union to take part to the best of their ability?

Should The Gryphon editor be given the same coverage as other leadership candidates again?

 
 
 
 
 
 

Should we support the lobbying of the Vice Chancellor on University's response to the refugee crisis?

LUU should continue their no-platform policy to exclude hate speakers and fascists from our Union?

Should the Union give mandatory training on Equality, Diversity and Liberation 

Should the union run an awareness campaign and related workshops on domestic violence?

Should we as a student union should cater to students of all genders and aim to be sector leading and provide all-gender toilets?

Should we support Disabled students to enable them to access clubs and society events?

Should the Exec salary be linked to the sector average?

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

Should Leeds University Union Publicly Declare their Support for the UCL Rent Strike Campaign?

Should LUU lobby against the changes to Higher Education?

Should the Union lobby the Edge to provide female-only gym sessions?

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 the University of Leeds integrate voter registration with the online enrolment process?

Should the LUU allow The NHS to use the Union as a temporary blood donation venue 

Should LUU take steps to ensure the accessibility in all areas of the Union?

Should we integrate liberation coordinators in the Union democracy and governance structures?

Should students running in elections be encouraged to run more accessible campaigns?

The Union should provide compulsory training to committees around inclusion and diversity

Should LUU establish liberation networks?

Quiet Hour for essentials

Should LUU commit to paying a real living wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation?

Should the committee of an LUU club and society also takes into consideration the accessibility of the society as part of its core responsibilities

This should be enforced by the Activities Officer and the Student Activities manager

Should the Welfare Officer be responsible for ensuring the continuation of student support groups?

Should LUU provide a zero-waste aisle in Essentials, providing package free groceries?

Should the union ensure that all disposable plastic is replaced by a biodegradable alternative?

Should LUU run a campaign on global palm oil use and production?

Should we aim to cut down on disposable coffee cups on campus?

 

Should we open a used book store in the Union?
 
Date of Forum: 24th November 2014
Expires: 24th November 2017
 

Name of proposer:
Pamela Ewang

What the idea is about:
To allow students to pass on the books that they have bought throughout their study and regain part of the money from their purchase. Whilst on Study Abroad in Canada I was very impressed at the University of Waterloo's policy of 'recycling' books that students had bought for their studies. They ran a non profit store within their 'Union' where you could buy and sell your used books to pass down to other year students for a price set by their store (approx. 80% of full price). Even if you were moving after your final year they would post the cheque to you when your book was sold. I even had my cheque posted to me in England.

Why have you proposed it?:
It saves money for everyone involved and has a positive effect on consumerism which in turn has environmental impacts.


Should the union provide free dental dams?

Name of Proposer:
Skye Golding & Lily Aarons

Date of Forum: 24th November 2014
Expires: 24th November 2017
 

What the idea is about:
Free dental dams available alongside free condoms in the union, and information about dental dams in any literature about sexual health.

Why have you proposed it?:
A dental dam is a thin square of latex that can be used to prevent sexually transmitted infections during oral sex. Although used more frequently within the LGBT* community, they are also useful in protecting anyone engaging in oral sex.
Dental dams are an under-utilised method of STI prevention as they are not widely available and this puts students who are engaging in cunnilingus or anilingus at risk. The Union policy is to be inclusive of LGBT* students, and this is an oversight on their part that is very easily fixed.

 

Should LUU lobby the Edge, and the university, to alleviate economic barriers for non-edge members to access society sessions taking place on the Edge & university facilities?

Date of Forum: 24th November 2014
Expires: 24th November 2017

 

Name of proposer:
Thomas Crooks Smith

What the idea is about:
I want The Edge to stop charging students £5 entry if those students are members of a sports society that trains in one of the sports halls. I appreciate the sports pass is an option but £76 is steep on top of society joining and training fees for students who can't afford a gym membership or who use another gym, Especially if the student does not make use of any of the other facilities such as sports fields/pitches etc.

Why have you proposed it?:
University sports societies are supposed to be accessible to all. The Edge is very inflexible in it's options for non-members, for example the sports pass is for one year, with no ability to pause over summer or shorter term options. What does a student do who wants to join a sports society in January, but who can't afford to join The Edge as a member? £76 is a  completely unreasonable fee to access their sports halls once or twice a week for a single semester, especially on top of society joining and training fees. This separates students based on economic flexibility and is completely unfair. If a student is a paid up member of a sports society, and is paying the weekly training fees, The Edge should not be demanding £76 or £5 for each entry. This places too high an economic burden on students with tight budgets who wish to be involved in societies training in The Edge. I find it hard to believe this is even the case at all.

Should Course Reps be given the same LUU discount as School Reps and Hall Exec?

Date of Forum: 3rd March 2015
Expires: 3rd March 2018

Name of proposer:
Jack Palmer

What the idea is about:
I would like student course reps to be given the same discount cards as school reps and hall exec (usually 10% off in union shops and cafe).

Why have you proposed it?:
I was in my hall exec last year, and am school rep for History this year. I've been given the discount card (on a lanyard with my name on it) each time and to me it's a simple way of making volunteers feel appreciated and rewarded for the time and effort they put into improving the experience of Leeds students.
 My history course reps all work just as hard and this would be a way of encouraging these sort of people to keep engaging in roles in the Union in future years.


Should LUU work in Partnership with
stage @ leeds to reduce the cost of using their facilities?

Date of Forum: 3rd March 2015
Expires: 3rd March 2018

Name of proposer:
Tom Dixon

What the idea is about:
For stage@leeds to scrap their policy of charging LUU Performance societies 50% of the profit they make on shows performed in stage@leeds spaces, including Stage One, the Alec Clegg Theatre and the Banham Theatre.This could also include LUU societies for their dance space.

Why have you proposed it?:
Currently, stage@leeds charge performance societies 50% of their profit to use their space. This means that a show which costs £1,000 to put on has to make £2,000 at the box office in order to break even, because stage@leeds will take 50% of that £2,000. This reduces productions down to a commercial enterprise where profit is the driver rather than creativity and innovation.

Should LUU join Leeds Citizens?

Date of Forum: 3rd March 2015
Expires: 3rd March 2018

Name of proposer:
Liron Velleman

What the idea is about:
LUU to become a member organisation of Leeds Citizens.

Leeds Citizens is a new local branch of Citizens UK, the largest Community Organising alliance in the UK. Community Organising is a very effective way of campaigning and strengthening organisations, with a proven track record of success.

Leeds Citizens brings together diverse groups who want to work for the common good, harnessing their power to make Leeds a better city. Organisations in Leeds who have already joined include Unison, Leeds Trinity University, the Mental Health NHS Trust as well as local schools, sixth form colleges, churches, mosques, synagogues and residents organisations.

Nottingham, Middlesex, Queen Mary and University of East London Students Unions are also members of Citizens UK and have already used Community Organising to train students, build relationships with the local community and wins various campaigns to improve the lives of students.

Joining Leeds Citizens costs £3,000 a year. In return, LUU receives dedicated support from a professional Community Organiser, free training for students, the ability to vote and decide city-wide campaign priorities and the support of a wide variety of community groups in running campaigns.

Why have you proposed it?:
It will make LUU more powerful.
With 33,000 members, we are the largest and ought to be the most powerful organisation influencing decision makers in the city. However only a small proportion of Leeds students are engaged in making change in Leeds. On issues from transport to healthcare to crime and safety, organising with Leeds Citizens will allow students to have a stronger voice in Leeds.

It will improve the reputation of students.
Leeds Citizens is an effective way to build relationships in the community and offers students many opportunities to work alongside other residents on campaigns. Community Organising training will develop these skills among students and demonstrate LUU’s commitment to the common good of the city.

Community Organising works.
Citizens UK has a track record of campaign wins, from raising over £210 million in Living Wages for workers, to getting CCTV cameras installed in Nottingham taxis, to ending the detention of child for immigration services. This exciting opportunity is just about to begin in Leeds and LUU should play a leading role in improving the city. By joining such a powerful alliance, we can ensure that student concerns are at the heart of Leeds Citizens’ campaigns.

Should the union work to promote women in sport?

Date of Forum: 3rd March 2015
Expires: 3rd March 2018

Name of proposer:
Frankie O'Byrne

What the idea is about:
The union should be providing positive examples of women in sports from engaging our alumni to creating campaigns in collaboration with the women in our sports teams to give them the best possible opportunity to showcase their talent to our students and against other rival sports teams.
The Varsity match finale is watched by thousands of Leeds Uni and Met students each year and it is a great opportunity to support our young sporting talent. To showcase all our talent, I think that we should alternate every year between the men's and women's teams.

Why have you proposed it?:
I think that there is no reason that the women's team should not be able to perform at the same level for their university and their students. Ten years of the men's team performing for the Varsity finale is not a tradition, it is a trend and we shouldn't prevent our great women's team from getting the recognition they deserve.

Should LUU work with the activities department and the SPA to create a new system for the allocation of storage space?


Date of Forum: 3rd March 2015
Expires: 3rd March 2018


Name of proposer: Lawrence Thompson


What the idea is about:
I would like to see LUU allocate storage space in the Cages, located through the double doors at the back of the Hidden Cafe, through an annual application process. Most likely after Easter when most societies have elected their incoming committees.  These applications could then be dealt with by Reps and DevCos to ensure those societies in the most need are given space or provided with a suitable alternative. This application process could also include the Student Advice Centre who are allocated a number of cages which, conceivably, could also be used by student societies. This would also create a sense of urgency for establishing new storage space if demand outstripped current availability. If the LUU redevelopment were to affect storage space, then this system for allocation could then include sourcing new, temporary storage facilities.

Why have you proposed it?:
As President of Mind Matters and as Welfare Rep, I've seen how important it is for smaller societies to have access to a central point for storing important resources. Due to a lack of availability in the cages themselves we started to store items in the room itself but then as things started to go missing, we had to find other options. I hope this process would encourage societies who would benefit from storage to apply, because at present some societies who would benefit are unaware of its availability or the process for getting a cage.

Should the LUU Welfare Officer be responsible for continuing Student Minds Eating Disorder Support Group?

Date of forum: 2nd Feb 2015
Expires: 2nd Feb 2018

Name of proposer:
Debi Altman


What the idea is about:
Student Minds provides a safe environment where students can discuss their experiences of life with an eating disorder, or any other topics they might want to discuss, in a friendly, informal, supportive and confidential environment. The support group maintains a pro-recovery atmosphere, as our ground rules make sure that conversation stays safe by focusing on feelings rather than behaviours and upholding our confidentiality policy. It allows a space for students to talk to their peers and realise they are not alone in what they are going through and we provide a different form of support that can be so important, especially when waiting lists are so long and it can be so difficult to get help due to diagnose issues. We have our sessions every Monday 7-8pm, term time at the Little LUU House.

Why have you proposed it?:
We started the group in the academic year of 2011/2012 with the help of Harriet Rankin the Welfare Officer at the time and Student Minds (UK's Student Mental Health Charity) and the group has been running ever since. As the October 2011 policy of “The Union should set up a peer-led eating disorder support group” has now expired we feel it appropriate to guarantee the existence of this Eating Disorder support group for the next three years.

Group facilitators run support groups, providing their peers with time and space to talk openly about recovery. Students can apply to be facilitators at their university via the Student Minds website. Student Minds then provide training, supervision and support for group facilitators.

Should LUU limit the use of paper used in the Leadership candidates’ campaigns?

Date of forum: 2nd Feb 2015
Expires: 2nd Feb 2018

Name of Proposer:
George Bradley

What the Idea is about:
LUU should encourage students to opt into running more sustainable election campaigns by ensuring that they are paper-free. This would be a written agreement which would bind the candidates to a paper-free commitment or pledge.
Why have you proposed it?

Every year, Leadership Race candidates use vast quantities of paper in their election campaigns. This can be an ineffective way of campaigning, as well as causing unnecessary harm to the environment. In an age of social media, this idea challenges the use of paper and printed content, and encourages more creative, innovative and sustainable ways of campaigning, with the obvious benefit of a dramatic reduction in environmentally damaging paper use.

Should the union support Leeds Student Television in playing out their weekly broadcast in union?

Date of forum: 2nd Feb 2015
Expires: 2nd Feb 2018

Name of proposer:
Rosamund Dodd

What the idea is about:
I want the union to play out the Leeds Student Television broadcast on Wednesdays from 2pm, normally lasting until 3/3. 30. At the moment the society broadcast every week, but to ensure the quality of the programme, it could be broadcast bi-weekly.

Why have you proposed it?:
LSTV offers a lot to the union, filming and streaming live events such as Varsity, The Rileys and the Summer Ball. They also film lots of the debates on, such as free education and the marking boycott. As well union held events, LSTV film other society debates such as the recent Mind Matters with John Woodcock debate on mental health. Sport society GIAGs are also made into packages advertising all sorts of fun you can have from fencing to karate. Show promotional videos are made as well as the 'Coffee house' music sessions in the union filmed. All of these different aspects feature in our broadcast and in turn help spread the message of the variety the union offers. The broadcast being played out in the Union may lead to more people going to shows, GIAGs and the debates, or just getting more people engaged, who otherwise wouldn't be. With this advertising, we'd hope that more people would want to make packages for us, present and learn media skills. LSTV has the potential to appeal to a wealth of interests but currently has a majority broadcast journalism membership. I see a huge development for our society with this simple step.

Should LUU campaign to encourage students at the University of Leeds to take part in Earth Hour and for the union to take part to the best of their ability?

Date of forum: 2nd Feb 2015
Expires: 2nd Feb 2018


Name of proposer:
Bissera Ivanova

Idea Title:
Should the union do Earth Hour?

What the idea is about:
I'd like to see the earth hour happening in our beautiful union. It's one hour on a particular day that changes every year and everyone in the world who wants to participate switches off their lights for one hour. http://www.earthhour.org

Why have you proposed it?:
Because it's loads of green fun.

Should The Gryphon editor be given the same coverage as other leadership candidates again?

Date of referendum: 19th March 2015
Expires: 19th March 2018

Name of proposer:
Ste Topping

What the idea is about:
Proposal for The Gryphon newspaper Editor candidates to be elected in the same process as LUU executive candidates.

Why have you proposed it?:
Since the beginning of the leadership race, the Leeds University student newspaper editor has been elected in the same process as the LUU Executive.

Holding the position as the only student society written into the union’s constitution: ‘there shall be a student newspaper’, The Gryphon newspaper carries a lot of responsibility on campus.

The Editor-In-Chief is responsible for what the student body reads, and how it is read.

It only seems natural that the person in question should be able to be held to account by its campus.

Last year, the Editor-In-Chief’s position, for the first time, did not receive the same coverage as the LUU executive candidates.

The candidates were left out of all promotional material and were placed on a separate ballot when the elections were held.

The candidates campaigned for the same amount of time as the LUU executive, and were elected at the same time. The 2013 Editor won their campaign with 3,562 votes. The 2014 Editor won with 892.

The Gryphon were not given a chance to vote on this decision, nor was the student body.

I believe that it is only fair that the student newspaper Editor is given the same amount of coverage as the LUU executive during the Lead LUU campaign.

I propose that we should vote for the student editor to be given the same amount of coverage as the other Lead LUU candidates, and a follow-through online ballot to be reinstated during the next leadership race.

 
Date of Forum: Tuesday 5th May 2015
Expires: 5th May 2015
 
Name of proposer:
Aidan Radford
 
What the idea is about:
Currently people who are not members of The Edge have to pay £5.50 to enter The Edge in order to train in society sessions. Frequently this is in addition to the fees that the societies charge for each of their sessions. I want The Edge to reduce their fee to £1 per person per session. Societies will still be able to set their own session fees.
 
Why have you proposed it?:
A number of sports societies have no choice but to hold training sessions in The Edge with the result being that society members have to pay for Edge membership or Edge entry fees in order to train. This results in society members and members of the public being excluded from training sessions on the basis of cost. This is unfair for students who cannot afford expensive gym membership packages, but do want to participate in and contribute to university sports. It prices skilled people out of attending sessions where others might be able to benefit and learn from their skills.
A revised £1 per session entry fee for societies run sessions means that The Edge still makes money and that students or members of the public who want to train will be able to train. This brings benefits to the physical and mental health of the student population, and society sessions will increase in quality due to higher attendance. The higher attendance will in turn result in higher society revenue and will thus lead to even better society sessions as societies are able to afford more equipment or better coaches. The revised session fee gives people the choice to pay for what they use instead of having to pay a flat rate that does not meet their needs or the needs of the union’s societies. 
 
 
Date of Forum: Tuesday 5th May 2015
Expires: 5th May 2015
 
Name of proposer:
Lawrence Thompson and Eleanor Pead
 
 
What the idea is about:
 
This idea has three parts:
 
Firstly – this Activities Agreement would set out the expectations of societies and important procedures regarding be an LUU society. This would include but not be limited to: Attendance at Forum, Better Union process, social media guidelines, Emergency funding process, Subsidy Pack information etc etc. 
 
Secondly – this Activities Agreement would set out the expectations of the Activities Department. Setting out who is the best contact for certain queries: Activities Admin, your Development Co-ordinator or the Activities Department. It would set out a minimum amount of contact time alongside expected practice/ behaviour. This contact time would focus on development of the society: not just administrative queries but focussed discussion on how the committee can improve and therefore how the society can improve.
 
Thirdly – this Activities Agreement will make clear the support available and the relevant contacts for the pastoral needs of running a society. If you are the President or Club Captain of a society, large or small, you are in some way responsible for the pastoral support of members. LUU should support you in doing this. Therefore this Activities Agreement would make it clear who the relevant contacts are for concerns of this nature alongside signposting information.
 
Why have you proposed it?:
We have proposed this idea because there is far too much variation in support student societies receive. This is unfair on the members who pay the price of membership and unfair on the committee who devote their time to running a good society. There are many societies and Committee members who would benefit from this level of support and all societies and students would benefit from it being laid down in writing. 
 
It would be an agreement that would allow LUU to have the highest standard of societies in the country, allow each category to flourish and set basic expectations of the Activities Department.
 
 
Date of Forum: Tuesday 5th May 2015
Expires: 5th May 2015
 
Name of proposer:
Daniel Murray
 
What the idea is about:
Non-University of Leeds Students (UoLS), such as graduates and Beckett Students, and UoLs who opt out of LUU membership, can be part of LUU Societies as External Members.  These students are not allowed to stand for Committee positions or vote on Club policies.
 
Clubs and societies should have the ability to vote to allow non-UoLS to hold Committee positions in roles such as kit secretary and safety officer, where experienced people are needed and only where the UoLS members are unable to fulfil the role.  I understand that roles such as President, Secretary and Treasurer must always be LUU members.
 
LUU should consider whether External Members can vote in any internal club or society matters and should as a minimum clarify the rights of External Members as in my experience they are important to the sustainability of many groups.
 
Why have you proposed it?:
 
External members are often highly passionate and make great contributions to their society. Recently, some External members would have made very suitable committee members within the Mountaineering Club, and others simply wanted an input into how their society was run. 
However, there was confusion regarding non-UoLS member's rights. The Club unanimously voted on allow such members equal privileges but this was overrules by Union policy. 
While the Union must understandably prioritise its own members, External members still make a financial contribution to their respective society. It only seems fair that societies are run by the people directly involved and are allowed to utilise the skills, knowledge and opinions of all members. 
 
Failing this, better communication of what privileges External members are entitled to will help avoid confusion and disappointment in the future.
 
 
Date of Forum: Tuesday 5th May 2015
Expires: 5th May 2015
 
Name of proposer:
Shelley Angelie Saggar and Rosie Collington 
 
What the idea is about:
We want the Union to create a dedicated hub for people and societies to host events, store materials and work together to plan campaigns.
 
This might look like the ‘Peanut Gallery’, which was an on-campus space to meet.  Its loss was keenly felt, and heralded a decline in on-campus activism.  
 
Why have you proposed it?:
The refurbishment of LUU is coming up, and as elected representatives we want to make sure our societies needs are provided for.  
 
As P&C Reps, we are responsible for 25+ societies.  At the minute the space situation is so bad that 6 societies are unofficially sharing one locker.  (Amnesty, Friends of Syria, PSG, RevSoc, Socialist Students and Marxists).  Whilst we are more than happy to share our allocated space with others, the current set-up equals poor organisation and frequent loss of campaign materials.
 
Another example of the lack of space was seen in the case of the ‘Ebola: Leeds Response’ conference.  After trying to book university space to host their series of talks, PIN were forced to relocate or else face extortionate costs to rent university space.  Student unions should be encouraging this kind of engagement with the outside world. We suggest the Union also lobby the university to lower the cost of renting space.
 
We believe that there should be adequate provision for ALL societies/sub-groups, not just P&C groups. The refurbishment is the perfect time to create such a space.
 
 
Date of forum: Tuesday 5th May 2015
Expires: 5th May 2018
 
Name of proposer:
Rachel Barker
 
What the idea is about:
This year, the delegate elections for NUS national conference and for NUS's liberation conferences (LGBT, women, BME, disabled) were held before the dates of all the conferences had been released. Holding these elections as early as possible in the year is fine, but only if they are held after the dates of the conferences have been made public.
 
Why have you proposed it?:
Holding elections before delegates know how much time they are committing makes it harder for people to stand, and puts a lot of people off standing. Holding the elections once the dates have been released would make it easier and more accessible for people to stand.
 
 
Date of forum: Tuesday 5th May 2015
Expires: 5th May 2018
 
Name of proposer:
Rachel Megan Barker
 
What the idea is about:
LUU, prior to the start of term, should commit to publishing the dates of Better Union forums, the corresponding assemblies and the deadlines for idea submission along with sending out regular email reminders about approaching idea submission deadlines. Where possible, LUU should also promote the submission of ideas through standard publicity methods such as posters, social media blasts, etc.
 
Why have you proposed it?:
This would encourage meaningful participation and secure regular engagement with the democratic processes within Leeds University Union. It would also make it easier to engage with LUU, as too often society assemblies are organised at short notice, inevitably resulting in some societies not being able to attend because of clashing events. This is completely avoidable.
 
 
Date of forum: Tuesday 5th May 2015
Expires: 5th May 2018
 
Name of proposer:
Jacob Morgan
 
What the idea is about: 
To alternate the headline varsity event between rugby union and ruby league as of varsity 2015.
 
Why have you proposed it?: 
The rugby union society currently sets a bad example for other university members to look up to. LURUFC have also failed to succeed in their onfield agenda potentially facing relegation. The ruby league society has proven to be successful over the past two years, having competitive varsity matches with Leeds Met (current UK champions). Ruby league believe it is fair that we have a chance to headline after all the hard work our team has put in over the last two years. Leeds University Rugby League has been promoted 3 leagues in just two years and will be in the premiership as of next year. We are also set to win the cup this year as well as winning the prestigious Yorkshire 9’s tournament in November (beating Leeds Met in the final). We believe alternating the headline event would be a fair compromise as well as giving more athletes the opportunity to perform in front of such crowds. Headingly Stadium is described as the home of ruby league and we see no reason why our team should be given the chance to beat Leeds met in what we know will be a more competitive game than Rugby union over the past 2 years. 
 
 
Forum date: 26th October 2018
Expires: 26th October 2018
 

Idea proposer: Abla Klaa

What the idea is about:

Passing this idea would give the Union a democratic obligation to oppose the government’s Prevent agenda on campus and show the University that students are concerned. It will also ensure proper support for potentially affected students.

Why have you proposed it?:

Prevent is a counter-radicalisation strategy. It forces public institutions such as Universities to implement a range of concerning measures. Here are three highlighted:

1)         It asks academic staff to report on students showing opposition to “British values”. This stifles freedom of academic expression, especially amongst students studying a Humanities course who are encouraged to think critically about society. It also threatens student and staff relationships built on trust.

2)         Prevent asks Universities to monitor prayer facilities. In effect, this means that Muslim students can be spied on during their religious practices.

3)         It risks marginalising students suffering from a mental health illness.  Prevent lists "relevant mental health issues" like depression, as a sign of being more vulnerable to radicalisation and are likely to be targeted as a threat to security. 

Should Freshers week at Leeds University Union be plastic bag free?

Forum date: 26th October 2015

Expires: 26th October 2018

Idea proposer: Jonny Foster

What the idea is about:

I want Leeds University Union to ban the wasteful distribution of plastic bags during fresher’s week which are brought on to campus by external companies seeking to further their profits from students.

Why have you proposed it?:

Fresher’s week is dominated by plastic bags from external companies coming onto campus and I believe we have a duty to the environment to put an end to this wasteful and environmentally degrading culture. Students constantly have plastic bags thrown in their faces during fresher’s week, often with nothing more than a sheet of paper in that will more often than not go straight into the bin. An increasing number of students have mentioned this as being a considerable annoyance to them during the week and given the impact such actions have on the environment I believe we should be putting an end to this unsustainable and destructive practice.
 

Should LUU recognise and support Holocaust Memorial Day?

Forum date: 26th October 2015

Expires: 26th October 2018

Idea proposer: Liron Velleman

What the idea is about:

What the idea is about:

•          LUU to recognise Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on its official calendar.

•          LUU to support the activities that take place on HMD, by coordinating with the Jewish Society and other relevant societies in terms of speakers, stalls and other activities.

•          LUU to publicise the events surrounding HMD.

Why have you proposed it?:

•          The Holocaust, the genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany, killed 6 million Jews and 5 million people others including disabled and LGBTQ individuals, people of Roma descent and political opponents.

•          Holocaust Memorial Day is a national day of commemoration of those who perished in the Holocaust.

•          With only a few years left when survivors will be able to tell their experiences first-hand, it is vital that as many students as possible are able to hear their testimonies.

Should the Union find space for beehives in the upgrade?

Forum date: 26th October 2015

Expires: 26th October 2018

Idea proposer: Joshua Alston

What the idea is about:

I want the Union to include beehives in its design for the Union upgrade to support the declining bee population, a problem which presents a grave danger to local wildlife.

Why have you proposed it?:

Bees are vital to all ecology and agriculture as a pollinator. The Union has a  moral responsibility to promote a resurgence of bee populations in order to  promote a richer natural environment for students.

The Union should do as much as it possibly can to promote bee populations.

Should the Union be in favour of British EU membership?

Forum date: 26th October 2015

Expires: 26th October 2018

Idea proposer: Toke Dahler (on behalf of the Exec)

What the idea is about:

We propose the Union takes an official stance on EU membership. This policy will allow the Union to lobby, mobilize and campaign for the UK to stay in EU up to the coming EU referendum.

Why have you proposed it?:

Leaving the EU could have severe implication for thousands of current EU students as well as British students going to European universities. Particularly due to EU tuition fees, Erasmus exchange programs and legal rights of EU students.

Other potential implications could be:

-           The loss of local political rights

-           Losing health care and insurance

-           Increased fees

-           Similar implications for UK students going to EU countries

Universities in the UK have come together with a clear message that leaving the EU would be harmful to higher education. There are currently 125,000 EU students at British universities, generating more than £2.2bn for the economy and creating 19,000 jobs, while 14 per cent of academic staff come from other EU nations.

Universities UK say that “Leaving the European Union would hit the economy, harm scientific research and damage graduates’ job prospects”.

From a perspective of student interests, there is no doubt that leaving the EU would be catastrophic. 

Should the Union provide more food options for celiacs and students with other food allergies?

Forum date: 26th October 2015

Expires: 26th October 2018

Idea proposer: Rachel Stutins

What the idea is about:

There needs to be more choice of food for celiacs and students with other food allergies available in the student union.

Why have you proposed it?:

Celiacs disease is an intolerance of gluten mainly found in wheat that is now very common across all ages ranges. Immediate side effects of eating gluten include sickness, diarrhea, tummy aches and headaches, not eating the right diet can also cause celiacs to become deficient in other important vitamins, most commonly iron and folic acid which can cause anaemia and the long term consequences can lead to bowel cancer. Gluten is hidden in many foods you would expect if you didn't have to look out for it, for example in many dressings and sauces, I think there are maybe 2 salads out of many in the uni shop that are actually gluten free. 

There is a really small selection of food available that is suitable for celiacs in the shop at the student union and only one choice on the terrace menu!!! It makes things really difficult for some students to get food easily and isn't really fair. Lots of restaurants and other super markets cater for these needs. Why doesn’t the union, as it is a common allergy?

Should LUU have an Afro-Caribbean hairdressers in the Union?

Forum date: 23rd November 2015

Expires: 23rd November 2018

Idea proposer: Lian Gooden

What the idea is about:

I would like a place at the university where I can go and get my hair done.

Why have you proposed it?:

I suggested this idea two years and nothing has changed. It's unfair that people with European hair can go and get their hair done at somewhere local to the students at Leeds university yet although I too am a student at the University of Leeds, because I have afro textured hair, the salon in the union (direct quote) 'is not insured' to do my hair therefore I have to go elsewhere to get it done.

Should LUU Express their solidarity with the #FeesMustFall movement in South Africa?

Forum date: 23rd November 2015

Expires: 23rd November 2018

Idea proposer: Harvey Dodds

What the idea is about:

LUU should express their support with the students currently demonstrating in South Africa as part of the #feesmustfall movement
 

Why have you proposed it?:

- The demands of the students are in line with the NUS’ call for free education and the problems faced by students in South Africa in regards to rising education costs are problems that exist in the UK also - their struggle is our struggle, thus we are obliged to offer support, even if it is only in words

- The solution offered by the Zuma government is only for a temporary freeze in price hikes, and although extending our support is only a gesture, it is important for us to show solidarity as this seems to only be the beginning of a wider student movement and any support will galvanise those involved

- Despite apartheid falling 20 years ago, the born free generation still experiences exploitation and oppression. Poverty, unemployment, and misery has not been alleviated since apartheid fell and demands for free education are one of many needed to see real change in South Africa

- The fact that the students are marching under a common banner and have rejected party identity and support from politicians demonstrates the mass nature of this movement. It also demonstrates that the students do not identify with the weak leadership of the traditionally strong parties such as the ANC and Communist Party, and it is important that we offer our support to the students as they attempt to lead a wider movement of students and workers (The NUMSA has called for common struggle) in the absence of these parties

- It should also be noted that in spite of partial concessions the ANC government did not refrain from attacking the movement by sending agent provocateurs into its midst to provoke clashes with the police. Tear gas and stun grenades were used against the students, and we should express our strong opposition to state violence towards students who engage in peaceful protest
 

Should we support the lobbying of the Vice Chancellor on University's response to the refugee crisis?

Forum date: 1st February 2016

Expires: 1st February 2019

Idea proposer: Aran Boyes

What the idea is about:

Recently a 5 point letter, composed by a united group of lecturers and LUU societies (STAR, Amnesty, Global Health, Labour and Freedom from torture), was submitted to the Vice Chancellor regarding the University's response to the refugee crisis.

These are 5 ways in which it is feasible for the University to make something of a difference in this global upheaval, and are as follows:

•          establish a set of scholarships for asylum seeking students,

•          remove overseas charges for students in the asylum system.

•          deliver the aims and objectives of the Access Agreement with special reference to refugees and asylum seekers. (Making access to education easier for those caught up in a complex asylum system)

•          Publicly support the Action for ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) campaign and promote appropriate ESOL provision for adult migrants

•          Actively encourage and resource the building of links between University Faculties and Schools and refugees charities

 

I would like this letter to be supported by the Union officially, thereby encouraging the VC to respond to its points.   (The letter in full can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-BAZbO2vU5EUmpwbjU5dlB2UU0/view?usp=sharing)

Why have you proposed it?:

In September the VC promised that the University would act in response to the global crisis, but since then little has actually happened.

As an institution Leeds University has a lot of wealth and resource, I think it is its moral duty to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis. Specifically it can do this by enhancing the opportunity for asylum seekers to learn, whether they are academics or encountering the basics of English for the first time.

York and East London Universities have already put aside £500,000 and 10 post graduate scholarships respectively, for those currently fleeing atrocities. We too should be following in this vain, and setting an example to other higher education institutions in the UK and abroad as to what a meaningful University response to this global crisis may look like.      

Around 300 staff and students at the University have already signed the letter, but through the Union supporting it too a greater pressure will be put on the leaders of the University to act in accordance with its clear and doable and meaningful 5 points.

LUU should continue their no-platform policy to exclude hate speakers and fascists from our Union?

Forum date: 1st February 2016

Expires: 1st February 2019

Idea proposer: Liron Velleman

What the idea is about:

LUU should not allow speakers who are members of hate groups and fascist groups to speak on campus. They should have no-platform within our building to air their views or promote their messages on any physical or virtual space the union controls. This includes, but is not limited to: debates, society events, rallies and public meetings No student should ever feel intimidated or threatened by anyone simply for being who they are whilst in our building.

We should also disallow members of proscribed fascist organizations from holding union positions or taking part in union elections as well as closing down societies found to be acting as a proxy for proscribed organizations To include the following organizations in the No Platform policy: British National Party, British People's Party, British Democratic Party, National Front, English, Scottish and Welsh Defence Leagues, English Democrats, National Action, Britain First. This list may be added to at future forums.

For these to be added and be subject to the same screening process as outlined in our hate-speech guidelines.

To promote a strict No Platform Policy but one that does not affect the freedom of media societies to report objectively on racism and fascism.

Why have you proposed it?:

Freedom of speech is an important value within LUU however we are a member based organisation. Groups such as the BNP and EDL actively target vulnerable members of our Union and create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in their actions and words. They are not interested in holding rational or reasoned debate, merely the spread of their fascist and racist ideals.  For the safety of our members and to continue in our cause as an anti-fascist organisation we should ban any of the above organisations from having a platform in our Union.

Should the Union give mandatory training on Equality, Diversity and Liberation 

Forum date: 29th February 2016

Expires: 29th February 2019

Idea proposer: Melissa Owusu & Gemma Turner

What the idea is about:

The Union should give all staff mandatory face-to-face training in equality, diversity, and liberation

Why have you proposed it?:

The student population is getting ever more diverse, more and more students define as, for instance, a gender identity that wasn't even in the language 20 years ago. So as our student populations grows ever more diverse staff need to be made aware and be sensitive to these societal shifts. Many students across campus deal with racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, sexism and many other forms of discrimination and staff should be taught how to deal with such incidents and ensure they are not party to any form of discrimination.

Should the union run an awareness campaign and related workshops on domestic violence?

Forum date: 5th May 2016

Expires: 5th May 2019

Idea proposer: Bibi F.S Paurobally

What the idea is about:

The union should reach out to students regarding domestic violence. It should be noted that according to statistics, 21 % of college students report having experienced violence and domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men.

Our union has an amazing Student Advice Centre, which can help various aspects of the abuse, from supporting the victim and giving them time and options they have, to help with temporary housing, visas or emergency money. We think that all students should be aware of what domestic abuse is and how the union can help the victims.

Victims as well as aggressors should know there is a support platform (the union) they can reach out to whilst being anonymous as many do not, unfortunately, do so due to fear, shame and many just do not know the kind of support the union provides. Victims of domestic violence often find themselves in a vicious circle and need professional help but do not know where and how to get it.

Also, there should be education on how to address Domestic Violence. A friend, a family or an acquaintance might be a victim and reaching out to them is very important but tackling this is not so simple: the right words and the right approach should be taken and this is where the union should step in to educate students.

The union should not only advertise the existing system of support by reaching out to students by, for instance, distributing leaflets or having workshops but also provide workshops on how to tackle the issue if the victim is an acquaintance or if an aggressor is struggling with anger issues.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

Domestic Violence has repercussions on the victim, the aggressor and the one who witnesses it. Whether it is physical, mental or sexual the most obvious downside of Domestic Violence is a negative reflection on academic performance and it has an eternal scar on the individual. It should be noted here that the problem in itself might be emanating from the family, the boyfriend or again a friend.

 

Should we as a student union should cater to students of all genders and aim to be sector leading and provide all-gender toilets?

Forum date: 5th May 2016

Expires: 5th May 2019

Idea proposer: Gemma Turner

What the idea is about:

The union upgrade is happening now. We're in the last stages of planning before areas of the union will be changing. I want to make sure that we provide all-gender toilets on all floors. Not just one toilet but multiple toilets to make sure people of all genders feel comfortable using toilets.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

We need to be progressive. As a student union we need to cater to students of all genders. Going to the toilet is a simple task for some, however for others, they face harassment and constant questioning for which toilet they choose. Other student unions such as Manchester and Lancaster have ensured this in their refurbishments so we should too. Let's make this easier for students, not harder.

Should we support Disabled students to enable them to access clubs and society events?

Forum date: 5th May 2016

Expires: 5th May 2019

Idea proposer: Gemma Turner

What the idea is about:

In the past two years I have had a few emails from students (most disabled) needing extra support to attend a club or society. Some people need this in terms of someone to take them from A to B or adjustments to the specific thing they want to do. I want the Union to provide this from either their own pot or look externally/have a system in place in order to support these students so that finance is not a barrier.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

When you have extra needs it is hard to explain what you need in order to take part. If you know finance is a barrier you may not want to bother asking the committee. Committees don’t have that much money anyway so would less likely be able to support these students. We know that being in a club or society can help your wellbeing, make friends and be one of the main things about your university experience. All student should be able to join a club or society no matter what their needs are or if they have an impairment.

 

Should the Exec salary be linked to the sector average?

Forum date: 5th May 2016

Expires: 5th May 2019

Idea proposer: Toke Dahler

What the idea is about:

The Exec salary has not been reviewed in years. It is currently £16,979, which is significantly below sector average. A low Exec salary can have a number of detrimental effects: it is not reflective of responsibility or work load and it can put people off from running in the Leadership Race. This idea would link the Exec salary to the sector average to ensure a sustainable and fair wage in the future.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

Officers hold a great deal of responsibility as trustees and company directors. They are expected to work evenings and weekends. While being an officer shouldn’t be lucrative – people shouldn’t run to get for the money – the salary should reasonably reflect the level of work and responsibility for the position. A fair and consistent way of doing that would be benchmarking with other Student Unions and link Exec pay to the average. It is worth noting, however, that most Unions in this survey are significantly smaller than LUU. Find the benchmark below.

Because officers are elected representatives, their salary should be subject to scrutiny from the membership, which is why this idea should go to forum.

 

Benchmarking

The following officer pay information has been taken from the NUS SU Survey 2015.

Highest pay

£ 28,119

London School of Economics Students Union

Highest pay outside of London

£ 20,952

Bangor University Students  Union

Median pay

£ 18,460

University of Bristol Students Union

Median pay (excluding London Universities)

£18,200

University of Manchester Students Union

Average pay

£ 18,250.18

N/A

Lowest pay

£ 13,874

University of Northampton Students Union

 

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

Forum date: 5th May 2016

Expires: 5th 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 Publicly Declare their Support for the UCL Rent Strike Campaign?

Forum date: 5th May 2016

Expires: 5th May 2019

Idea proposer: Harvey Dodds

What the idea is about:

•          For LUU to publicly express their support for the ongoing rent strike at UCL

•          For LUU to express their support for accessible education, and to oppose all attempts – including the levying of extortionate rents – in the present and future, to deny students from low-income backgrounds higher education

•          For LUU to support, both in words and materially when appropriate, the creation of low rent student accommodation (i.e. housing cooperatives)

 

Why have you proposed it?:

•          Despite the claim of UCL Director of Estates, Andrew Grainger, who asserts “some people just simply can’t afford to live in London”, profiteering on the part of the UCL accommodation services (UCL run their accommodation at a 45% profit margin and have increased rents by, on average, 56% since 2009) has undermined access to education for low-income students. This can be said to amount to social cleansing occurring at the University.

•          This profit isn’t re-invested into the development of student accommodation as animal infestations and general poor living conditions throughout UCL halls show.

•          It is important for students to be aware of the precarious housing situation which many of their peers face: There are examples of KCL students not knowing if they have a place in halls or if they’d need to look for private accommodation three weeks before their course starts. The University of Kent is planning to raise accommodation prices by 20%, taking the average price to over £1000 over the national average. These are just two of a myriad examples.

•          The increases in rent and subsequent behaviour of the UCL management is a direct result of the marketisation of education and the cuts to university funding that are inevitable under capitalism, as well as the vicissitudes of the volatile housing market which is again inherent to capitalism.

•          All students at all universities are vulnerable to the problems our peers at UCL face, even if they do not face them currently. It is important to express our solidarity with our peers; to be aware of the dangers funding cuts and marketisation pose to access to higher education, notably through the availability of affordable accommodation; to be aware of the failings of the housing market under capitalism and how this effects students and low paid workers in particular; and to be aware of  and support the sometimes radical action needed to fight these issues.

Should LUU campaign to protect the UK’s membership of the Erasmus programme?

Forum date: 24th October 2016

Expires: 24th October 2019

Idea proposer: Jamie Ali

What the idea is about:

I propose that the union take a stance that we will campaign to protect the UK’s membership of the Erasmus programme, in the face of the recent vote for the country to leave the European Union, which has left the UK’s place within the scheme looking uncertain. Erasmus is a programme which funds work placements and training abroad for students as well as providing study abroad opportunities for students. This policy allows the union to lobby, mobilise and campaign to protect Erasmus as part of any Brexit deal.

Why have you proposed it?:

More than 170 UK institutions, including the University of Leeds, are part of the programme. Over 3,000 students from EU countries are here at the University of Leeds on exchange programmes. Although the UK’s participation within the programme isn’t dependent upon our membership of the EU (Turkey, Israel and Norway are part of the scheme), there are real and genuine fears that other EU countries may use the UK’s membership of Erasmus as a bargaining chip in any upcoming Brexit negotiations.

Losing our membership of the Erasmus programme would be damaging to student opportunities and employability as well as damaging to Leeds University, especially the schools which partly rely on Erasmus to support its students, such as the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

While we’re assured by our national government that “Brexit Means Brexit”, it’s our right as a student union, as part of a movement, to fight for the best possible Brexit deal and to lose our membership of the Erasmus programme could be catastrophic for students both now and in years to come.

 

Should LUU campaign to make PrEP available?

Forum date: 24th October 2016

Expires: 24th October 2019

Idea proposer: Emma Healey

What the idea is about:

LUU ought to be active in the campaign to prevent HIV and make PrEP available on NHS England. PrEP is pre-exposure prophylaxis which is anti-HIV medication which is super effective in preventing transmission of HIV. It is a single pill that is taken daily which interferes with HIV’s ability to copy itself in your body. It’s designed to be used by people with a high-risk of HIV, such as some men who sleep with men (MSM) and those in relationships where the couple have different HIV status. PrEP is so effective and could hugely reduce new transmissions of HIV in high-risk populations. However, it is important to also challenge the stigma around STIs and especially HIV, whilst educating around chem sex and safer sex.

Why have you proposed it?:

It is currently available in France, USA, and Canada. A high court has also ruled that it is NHSE responsibility to provide PrEP. Whilst it has only had one UK based trial, PROUD, the reason it was not repeated is because it was clearly very effective. HIV predominantly affects MSM and this has affected the media coverage which has been both sensationalist and homophobic. LUU should campaign for PrEP and oppose the homophobic discussions surrounding gay men and HIV.

Should LUU lobby against the changes to Higher Education?

Forum date: 24th October 2016

Expires: 24th October 2019

Idea proposer: 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 lobbying the government by attending the National Union of Students organised Demonstration on November 19th where we will march alongside students all over the country to oppose these changes.

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 the Union lobby the Edge to provide female-only gym sessions?

Forum date: 24th October 2016

Expires: 24th October 2019

Idea proposer Namrah Shahid 

What the idea is about:

I want the edge to create a 'women's only session' in the fitness suite. Even if it is just 1 or 2 hours a week and at a time where the gym is hardly in use. If a 'women's only session' can be done with swimming then surely it can be done for the gym too?!

Why have you proposed it?:

I want this for many reasons. One is for religious reasons. As a Muslim female, I am very pro encouraging our Muslim girls out there and to get into being fit, active and healthy. It's so important to look after our bodies despite the fact that we cover it. And nobody should be deprived the privilege of exercising. I, personally, would love to be able to go and enjoy a good gym session, but it's just not feasible having to do so fully covered (and I have tried!). Not only is working out whilst being fully covered uncomfortable, I'd also say it's not safe as there is greater risk of hyperthermia, plus it makes me stick out like a sore thumb! My idea would also benefit females of other religions that also require them to keep covered in front of males. My Jewish best friend said she would love such a session too!

Many of our religious female freshers get free off-peak edge membership with their student accommodation -but what use is that if you can’t even go to the gym comfortably?!

This idea won't just benefit religious girls who have to cover, but it will also benefit females who may be self-conscious and may feel intimidated or inferior to males in the gym who clearly know what they’re doing/how to gym. So this would provide these girls with the opportunity to gym without the worry of looking silly or being judged.

I see this being a really simple and straight-forward idea to pursue. The edge have many female staff and I hope there is the equipment to privatize the area. And surely there are ‘dead’ times in the week where the gym is hardly in use. I reckon the session could be a real hit!

I’d just love to be able to take my headscarf off, throw some shorts on and have a good work out with the girls! It would be a dream come true.

 

Idea Title:

Should the LUU allow The NHS to use the Union as a temporary blood donation venue

Forum date: 22nd November 2016

Expires: 22nd November 2017

Proposed by: Tamara Pein

What the idea is about:

The LUU to allow the NHS to create a temporary 'community based' blood donation venue in or outside the union.

Why have you proposed it?:

Leeds University has a large student population. Having a temporary blood donation venue would make donation easy and accessible to students who may not have time to go to town. It would also encourage blood donations from those who wouldn't consider it before.

 

Idea Title: Should we integrate liberation co-ordinators into the Union democracy and governance structures?

Forum date: 6th February 2017

Expires: 6th February 2020

Proposed by: Emma Healey

What the idea is about:

I want the liberation co-ordinators to be included in the Union's democracy structures and having a role in our forums, like the activities exec, school reps, and community reps.

Why have you proposed it?:

Liberation is one of the key priorities for the exec and therefore LUU - shown by the fact that we have an Equality and Diversity officer which many unions do not. However, currently in our democratic structures liberation groups and the most marginalised students are not given a voice. There are policies that may have a large impact on them but they are not given a voice on. LUU should show it's commitment to including liberation in all we do by ensuring that liberation co-ordinators have a voice at forums.

For this idea to pass, it would require a change in LUU By-laws, as detailed below:

  1. The Liberation Coordinators are expected to attend each of the Union Forums to offer feedback from students who identify into their Liberation grouping

 

Idea Title: Should LUU take steps to ensure the accessibility in all areas of the Union?

Forum date: 6th February 2017

Expires: 6th February 2020

Proposed by: Charlotte Duckett

What the idea is about:

Throughout the first semester, many disabled people experienced issues with accessing events, meetings and recreational areas of the LUU due to the renovations taking place, causing not only distress, but the physical exclusion of many people with different impairment needs from union activities. These ranged from lifts being unexpectedly out of order without being signposted, which resulted in one wheelchair-user being trapped inside, to excess unexpected noise from building resulting in difficulties for people with sensory overload or visual impairments from participating in conversations and meetings, to 

Why have you proposed it?

I propose that the union takes steps to ensure the accessibility of the union to people with different impairments and needs during all stages of future renovations and projects to all areas of the union, by considering and discussing how renovations will affect accessibility not only once the project is finished but during the renovation itself by working closely and consulting people with different impairment needs. I also propose that the union create a framework whereby people with different impairment needs will be made aware of what renovations are happening when and how they will affect people in the union e.g. Being made aware of when lifts will be out of action due to maintenance or when a certain area of the union will be overly noisy, so that it can be ensured that meetings and activities can be rearranged to include as many people as possible.

 

Idea Title: Should students running in elections be encouraged to run more accessible campaigns?

Forum date: 6th March 2017

Expires: 6th March 2020

Proposed by: Charlotte Duckett

What the idea is about?

I would like the union to create guidelines to encourage election candidates to make their manifestos dyslexia and screen-reader friendly.

Why have you proposed it?

I believe that student elections should be accessible and open and allow all students to make an informed choice about who they would like to see running the union. At the moment, manifestos are created and uploaded as image files. Manifestos allow students to portray their personality through stylised fonts, however some of these fonts make manifestos almost impossible to be read by dyslexic students. Both of these could be solved by including a plain text manifesto on the LUU website, as well as in the decorative manifesto style currently used. I'd also suggest that the LUU put together a booklet for candidates on how to make their campaign material more dyslexia friendly, as it is in their best interests that their campaign can reach as many people as possible!

 

Idea Title: The Union should provide compulsory training to committees around inclusion and diversity

Forum date: 6th March 2017

Expires: 6th March 2020

Name of proposer: Taiwo Ogunyinka

What the idea is about?

LUU should resource the provision of mandatory training to committees and other student leaders on inclusion and diversity.

Why have you proposed it?

Student leaders and committees at LUU have a lot to gain by receiving training on inclusion and diversity, Not only does awareness and understanding of concepts such as privilege, liberation, cultural awareness widen one's worldview and allow for more in depth of understanding of experiences they may not hold, it makes them effective leaders who can communicate with a wider range of students and their membership.

This should be compulsory, though, because there is a need for societies to be inclusive and welcoming to students of all backgrounds and identities. Having cultural awareness training and training around liberation and privilege, will allow committees to better support the needs of all their membership, or at least allow them to make sure that they create a welcoming space for these students. This would allow for more inclusive events, society leaders gaining an understanding on how to respond to incidents of discrimination or racial prejudice occurring; how to signpost effectively in these situations.

Particularly, in a post-Trump, post-Brexit era, the responsibility upon the Union to ensure all students feel welcomed and included is heightened to new levels.

For LUU's clubs and societies to continue to be spaces for student activity of all kinds, then all students need to be able to partake.

 

Idea Title: Should LUU establish liberation networks?

Forum date: 8th May 2017

Expires: 8th May 2020

Name of proposer: Ethan Wedderburn

What the idea is about:

I want LUU to establish accessible networks for students of liberation groups in order to encourage autonomy and ensure we provide tailored support to our students.

Why have you proposed it:

Many of our fellow students unions have established liberation networks for liberation groups and their autonomous campaigns. Liberation networks at LUU could have a massive difference to thousands of our students. These networks would be overseen by Liberation Coordinators, and be joined by anyone self-defining into the current liberation categories: LGBTQ+, Disabled, Women's and BME.

The goals of the networks are:

  1. To provide a space for liberation groups to access tailored support (eg. signposting to lgbt specific counselling services) 2. To allow greater connection between students and liberation coordinators, who can work on campaigns surrounding liberation issues on campus and beyond, as well as working with the E&D officer.
  1.  
  2. To allow liberation groups access to their own liberation events, encouraging autonomous campaigns and student involvement in history month planning.
  3.  

To ensure that liberation groups know where to turn if they want to make changes - be it through hate crime reporting or organising campaigns.

 

Idea Title: Quiet Hour for essentials

Forum date: 8th May 2017

Expires: 8th May 2020

Name of proposer: Al Lewis

What the idea is about:

I want a designated quiet hour every day for essentials, where the sensory output in the shop will be minimised and staff to be trained on how to maintain that quiet hour

Why have you proposed it?:

Because essentials is supposed to be a cheap shopping option for university students, but in its current form it can often be very overwhelming for a wide variety of students (students who incidentally are more likely to be living in poverty). It needs to serve the whole student population better. An explicitly stated hour would also help because lots of students struggle to predict when the bustle in the union will be lesser, because there are too many variables for many individuals to manage.

 

Idea Title: Should LUU commit to paying a real living wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation?

Forum date: 8th May 2017

Expires: 8th May 2020

 Name of proposer: Jamie Ali                     

What the idea is about:

When financially viable, LUU should be paying its staff a real living wage as set out by The Living Wage Foundation, currently £8.45 an hour for 2016-17.

Why have you proposed it:

The government's recent introduction of a living wage at £7.20 is widely seen as too low and a gimmick, only coming into effect for those over 25, obviously excluding a huge portion of LUU's student-staff.

With students increasingly struggling with the cost of living, with rents sky rocketing and maintenance grants being scrapped, we owe it to our student staff to promise a REAL living wage, at a point when the organisation finds this to be financially viable.

 

Idea Title: Should the committee of an LUU club and society also takes into consideration the accessibility of the society as part of its core responsibilities

This should be enforced by the Activities Officer and the Student Activities manager

Forum date: 8th May 2017

Expires: 8th May 2020

Name of proposer: Peadar B. O'Dea

What the idea is about:

•           All clubs and societies should have Equality and Diversity officers (EDO’S) as central committee members.  Smaller clubs and societies can combine this new committee role, with another existing position e.g. Secretary or Treasurer. 

•           I want all EDO’s to attend training to learn about how to make their respective clubs and societies more inclusive.

•           All EDO’s should attend a joint clubs/societies meeting where, they will discuss with each other the difficulties they have encountered in their roles of bringing equality and diversity to clubs and societies, advise each other on how to make things better, and give informal updates about how their club and society is doing in regards to inclusion.

•           This meeting should be chaired by LUU’s Equality and Diversity Officer or Union Affairs Officer. Who should also attend a separate meeting with lib-cos to learn about inclusion.

•           There are over 300 clubs and societies, therefore these joint meetings should be divided by category, e.g. political and campaigning society, volunteering, welfare etc.

•           LUU exec should specify clearly how these meetings should be run, when, where and how many will take place per semester.

Why have you proposed it?:

•           The Equality and Diversity officer is a very important union exec role; however it is difficult for one individual to assume all the responsibility for making the union more accessible and diverse. I believe that individual clubs and societies collectively share in that responsibility and therefore should strive to make their activities as equal as possible and appeal to as diverse a membership as possible.

•           It is sometimes difficult for marginalized groups e.g. LGBT, BME, disabled to fit into clubs/society events, and while central committee members (e.g. Presidents or social secs) may try their best to ensure that all members feel a part of the club/society event; it is not always possible for them to achieve this as they have other committee responsibilities.

•           EDO’s will make more people feel welcome by listening to requests/questions/complaints by members who may feel left out of society/club activities.

•           EDO’s should commit to inclusion training to learn how to make their clubs/socs more accessible, and should also attend a general meeting at least twice a semester with the other EDO’s where they give each other tips and report on updates within their clubs and socs. Union affairs officer and the exec EDO officer should take active roles in this inclusion training and should encourage clubs and society EDO’s to participate.

 

Idea Title: Should the Welfare Officer be responsible for ensuring the continuation of student support groups?

Forum date: 8th May 2017

Expires: 8th May 2020

Name of proposer: Jess Reed

What the idea is about:

For the welfare officer to have responsibility of the various student led support groups on campus.

Why have you proposed it:

The support groups are run by different student led societies, who already do a great job in making sure these groups run. This policy idea is not to take anything away from those societies, it is only to act as a back up if societies are struggling to find facilitators.


 

Idea Title: Should LUU provide a zero-waste aisle in Essentials, providing package free groceries?

Forum date: 8th May 2017

Expires: 8th May 2020

Name of proposer: Sian Steel

What the idea is about:

The union should provide an aisle in Essentials where it is possible to shop for the basics, with zero-packaging. Students would be encouraged to bring their own containers. There would be a small weigh-station, where students would weigh their bags/containers at the beginning and at the end of their shop, and pay for their items by weight.

Items such as: fruit & vegetables, beans & pulses, oils & vinegars, nuts & seeds and herbs & spices are simple to sell packaging-free, and would enable students to stock up on basic, healthy ingredients whilst being sustainable. The union should also provide cotton/organic bags and jars alongside the foods which can purchased if students do not have their own.

Why have you proposed it?:

It is estimated that the average Western European citizen produces over 100kg of rubbish every year. Many packaging and single-use items are not recyclable, and end up in landfills, rivers and the oceans. Often, this rubbish is ingested by wildlife; causing health problems and proving ultimately fatal. Chemicals leaching out of packaging causes harm to the environment and wildlife and as a result, ultimately cause harm to human health. If allowed to continue, the ever-increasing production and consumption of non-degradable packaging will have dire effects for future generations.

Zero-waste stores are becoming more and more popular, especially across the USA, and have proven effective at reducing waste on a local scale.  There is only so much the consumer can do to reduce their personal waste. Packaging is everywhere, and the majority of people simply do not have time to find alternative sources on a day-to-day basis. A handful of major supermarkets are currently in negotiations to provide a zero-waste aisle across their stores, and the union should follow suit to create a sustainable alternative for its students.

 

Idea Title: Should the union ensure that all disposable plastic is replaced by a biodegradable alternative?

Forum date: 8th May 2017

Expires: 8th May 2020

Name of proposer: Sian Steel

What the idea is about:

The union currently uses a biodegradable alternative (Vegware) to plastic for many disposable items such as coffee lids, forks, spoons, salad boxes etc, but there remains disposable plastic in the union. The straws, stirrers and cups used at events are still non-degradable plastic. The union should switch to the sustainable alternative for all of its disposable plastic items. In cases where there is no sustainable alternative available, the union should not serve these items altogether. The union should also keep non-essential items such as straws behind the bar, and provide them on request; rather than automatically placing straws in drinks.

Why have you proposed it?:

Plastic pollution is becoming a huge threat to the oceans, ecosystems, wildlife and human health. It is estimated that half of the plastic we use each year is used for less than 12 minutes, yet takes over 300 million years to degrade. Plastic items are often ingested by wildlife, ultimately causing starvation or poisoning from leached chemicals. Seabirds have been found to have over 250 pieces of plastic in their stomachs, and whales & dolphins have been reported with up to 17kg of plastic bags and other items. Aside from the problems facing wildlife, plastic pollution also filters up the food chain and is harmful to humans. As plastics break down, they become tiny micro-plastics and chemicals, which are ingested by fish. It is estimated that seafood eaters consume up to 11,000 pieces of plastic every year, and the health risks associated with this are not yet known.

To produce “disposable” yet indestructible materials at such quantities is irresponsible. World governments, the UN and several not-for-profit organisations are taking a stand against plastic pollution. Unless we dramatically reduce the production and disposal of plastic items, we will severely and irreversibly destroy the oceans, wildlife and the health of future generations.

 

Idea Title: Should LUU run a campaign on global palm oil use and production?

Forum date: 8th May 2017

Expires: 8th May 2020

Name of proposer: Emily Rampling

What the idea is about:

To make students more aware of global palm oil production, usage by companies and customer consumption. To produce posters or signs across the Union of Quick Facts on the negative impact that palm oil production has on the environment and the extent to which it can affect us personally. To promote a greener Union and University that aims to improve environmental friendliness regarding palm oil that may only be on a small scale but contributes to a large scale difference. Companies can vary in the severity of palm oil use and market research can aid in making students more aware of which companies are better to invest in. Labelling of products (perhaps in a traffic light system) in major Union outlets, such as Essentials, as well as in University outlets, provides an easy and understandable way for students to make informed environmental decisions when purchasing products. This would hopefully promote students to invest in companies that use none or sustainable palm oil without removing product choice, and so would reduce their negative environmental impact. Could possibly introduce a reward system (i,e stamps on a card to eventually receive a complimentary palm oil-free or reduced use product).

Why have you proposed it?:

Palm oil contributes to a significant proportion of global deforestation and is responsible for the extinction of many animal and plant species, for the loss of jobs and steady income for local people whilst also contributing hugely to climate change. Palm oil can be grown sustainably which greatly reduces these impacts, yet many companies do not comply with such regulations and thus the problem persists. Palm oil is found in almost every product you use or consume in day to day life and is not always necessary (for example many chocolate companies use it to make their chocolate shiny and appealing). A change in product demand will ultimately affect palm oil production and consumption the most. If we all do our bit and stand together against palm oil, our small contribution could eventually make a huge difference.

 

Idea Title: Should we aim to cut down on disposable coffee cups on campus?

Forum date: 8th May 2017

Expires: 8th May 2020

Name of proposer: Stefan Nowak

What the idea is about:

I think policies should be implemented in order to reduce the number of disposable coffee cups used by campus outlets. These could include offering mugs for those sitting in the outlets, or offering discounts for customers who bring their own reusable cups.

Why have you proposed it?

It just seems like such an unnecessary and easily addressed waste of resources, and this has huge environmental ramifications, as evidenced by a a number of studies. Adopting such a stance would also help combat the culture of waste that I feel is so endemic within modern society.

 

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