On Tuesday 11 June we are inviting all student leaders to join us in the Anson Rooms from 4:45pm for pizza, prosecco and democratic debate.
We’ve had lots of exciting motions submitted by students! Below is a summary of each of the motions that have been submitted. You can view the full motions here and vote in the priority ballot to decide the order of discussion.
Our Union Affairs Officer is looking to review the way our Annual Members Meeting operates. This motion would mandate Bristol SU and its officer team to conduct a review of AMM, using student consultation to draw up concrete proposals for improvements before bringing these to a democratic meeting for approval.
This motion identifies parents, mature students and students with caring responsibilities as underrepresented within the SU and University. It seeks to create a network with the aim of better understanding the experiences of these students, representing their interests in the University and the SU, and building a community of support.
These students argue that many students work as bicycle couriers for companies such as Deliveroo because of the flexibility offered, but are not being paid a fair wage for the level of work. This motion asks the SU to publicly support the Bristol Couriers’ Network strike; to communicate information about the strikes to students; and to promote opportunities for financial assistance to couriers who are participating in the strike.
This motion argues that the University’s requirement for student groups to pay for security at events with high profile speakers is prohibitive. It mandates the SU to lobby the University to cover security costs under University budgets, or to work with the University to create a grant to cover security costs.
This motion asks for the SU to adopt the APPG definition of islamophobia and lobby the University to do the same. The APPG definition states that “islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.” It lays out a number of actions that the SU should take to reform their processes around Islamophobia.
This motion highlights a lack of information and support available for students who experience an unplanned pregnancy while at University. It actions the SU to lobby the University to put in place more comprehensive support for pregnant students and their partners.
The University supplies the SU with a bloc grant based on student numbers, which goes towards student activities and grants amongst other things. It asks the SU to lobby the University to increase the bloc grant and to ring fence some of this extra funding for the Group Grant pool and the Hardship Fund for society activities.
This motion argues that, as the cost of living in the areas around the University is so high and the majority of halls are far from campus, the University should expand their free bus services to all students and provide free or discount transport to other key locations. It mandates the SU to lobby the University and support students to campaign on this issue.
In 2016 a new Code of Conduct was voted in by Student Council, but the SU’s byelaws were never updated to match these changes, resulting in a lack of clarity around disciplinary procedures.This motion seeks to address discrepancies between the SU’s disciplinary procedures as set out in the Code of Conduct and in our byelaws and to give clarity to how the SU handles breaches of its policies by groups and members.
Unlike at AMM, at Student Council not every student can vote. These are the students that can vote:
If your rep cannot make it someone on their committee can attend in their place, but their name must be emailed to email@example.com in advance of the meeting.
You can still do the following: