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Last Updated: Wednesday 7th October

 

What is policy and why should I care?

Policy is at the heart of everything we do at SUBU, as it is a document that outlines our view on something and what actions we will take to resolve it. Everyone has the chance to shape policy.

It is a way of making sure that you are an important part of our decision-making processes and how we operate.

Policy can include anything from where students can and can’t smoke on campus, to ensuring that you receive your course materials in good time. We also work with the university to make sure that their policies accurately reflect your views.


How is policy created at SUBU?

Policies tend to start out as a motion, which is a statement made by an individual or group that calls for a change to be made by the Students’ Union, university or even the wider community. A motion is essentially a policy that is yet to be voted on and passed.

Once motions have passed and become SUBU policy, they have a two-year window to be completed. Officers have a duty to provide updates on policies to provide accountability. These can be found in the tracker below. However, some policies may be on going depending on the actions involved and therefore can continue to be worked on after the two-year mark.


How do I submit a motion?

It’s simple; firstly, click the button on top of the page to submit an idea to the ideas platform. If your idea is selected, it could be developed into a motion and eventually turned into policy at SUBU Summit or the Student Members' Meeting. You will find a template that will guide you every step of the way.

Once submitted, you will be offered to have a sit-down meeting with one of our helpful team at SUBU who will have a short discussion with you about how your idea could be developed into a motion and what, if any, adjustments need to be made. Whilst we will review all sumbitted motions, it is also important to consider the practicality of your motion. For example, a motion that poses legal, financial or reputational risk to SUBU is unlikely to go forward for debate.


How do I find SUBU’s policies?

A policy tracker can be found below. This contains links to policies, when they were passed, how many votes they gained and when the policy will lapse. Any updates on progress can also be found here.



Problem:

  • UK/EU Undergraduate students pay £9250 annually in fees to attend university.
  • At Bournemouth University this fee does not cover additional course costs.
  • Bournemouth University estimates that it will cost between £210 and £630 per year for additional course costs, including printing.
  • It costs 3p to print a single page of black and white and 18p for a colour page.
  • Printing is a necessary part of some courses.
  • The University and Union does not provide free printing or any free printing credit.
  • This results in students having to pay out of pocket to complete necessary parts of their courses.
  • Universities such as Aston, Hull and Nottingham Trent provide either free printing, or provide a certain amount of free printing credits to students each year and therefore it could be possible for Bournemouth University to do so as well.

Solution:

  • The Union should research the costs of printing during a student’s time at Bournemouth University.
  • The Union should lobby the University to ensure that efforts are made to make sure that work can be completed digitally and without the need for printing. Thus, benefitting students and the environment.
  • The Union should lobby the university to ensure that where students are required to print material as compulsory part of their course, this cost should be subsidised by the university. This should be done through either eliminating printing charges, or by providing a printing stipend for every student. The Union should look into options for providing free printing to students as part of their facilities.

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Education to take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Christopher McGonigle

Problem:

  • More than a quarter of women have been forced to miss work or school because they cannot afford menstrual products
  • It is estimated that the average spend for people who menstruate is £4,800
  • In March 2019, the governments announced free sanitary product to be provided to secondary schools and colleges. This does not apply to students studying at University
  • 1 in 10 women aged between 14 and 21 are unable to afford menstrual products
  • Periods continue to be stigmatised
  • Period products are essential items and where people are unable to access them their lives are severely impacted.
  • The Union, from time to time, does provide free menstrual products to those in need, but they are not mandated to do so.
  • Menstrual products are available at the Union shop, although sustainable products are not

Solution:

  • The Union to have free supplies of sanitary products for those in need where they have:
  • (a) Forgotten products
  • (b) Cannot afford product
  • (c) Come on their period unexpectedly
  • The Union to campaign for period to be free from stigma
  • The Union to stock sustainable menstrual products in the shop
  • The Union to sell menstrual products at the cost of purchase within their outlets

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Welfare to take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Ade Balogun

Problem:

  • Smoking causes health issues for both the person smoking and for others around them through second hand smoke
  • Whilst smoking is not allowed within 5 metres of all our university buildings, it is allowed on other places of the campus
  • Signs are also not always adhered to by students and staff

Solution:

  • SUBU should lobby the university to ban smoking and vaping on campus other than in designated sheltered smoking areas

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Welfare to take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Christopher McGonigle

Problem:

  • Funding requests have been denied on the basis that training for 3rd year students does not benefit the university
  • This training could benefit students beyond university, improving employability

Solution:

  • SUBU should consult students when arranging the new funding structure

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Activities to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Abigail Hartland

Problem:

  • Currently some students have teaching days which can run from 9am-7pm
  • This is both challenging for students and the teaching staff
  • Further to this, some sessions can be 2-3 hours long without breaks which are difficult to concentrate in

Solution:

  • SUBU should lobby BU to ensure that the length of teaching days and sessions are time appropriate, with consultation from students
  • SUBU should lobby BU to provide 5 minute breaks

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Education to take ownership and provides an update at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Ann-Marie Kankam

Problem:

  • Not all academic staff are providing teaching materials in advance of teaching sessions
  • For some students, having access to teaching materials in advance is critical in providing them with equity of learning opportunity in relation to Additional Learning Requirements (ALN) and reasonable adjustments
  • Providing teaching materials in advance is also important for students who do not have ALN requirements; it supports pre-reading and allows for reflection and thinking ahead regarding questions to ask, potentially making the teaching session more useful overall.

Solution:

  • SUBU should lobby BU to ensure that it becomes compulsory for academic staff to provide learning materials in at least 48 hours advance of teaching sessions

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Education to take ownership and deliver updates at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Jodi Nwasike

Problem:

  • Currently on Brightspace, you have to open a completely new page to access SUBU
  • A new page might increase awareness and lead to more student involvement within SUBU

Solution:

  • SUBU should press Bournemouth University to have a link from Brightspace to SUBU under the ‘Useful link’- ‘log-in services’

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Education should take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM
Passed by SUBU Exec Proposed by: Louise Facer

Problem:

  • Societies lack the funding necessary to operate fully
  • More money will provide societies with:
  • (a) More exposure for SUBU, more trips to new and exciting places
  • (b) More chances for clubs to get members involved
  • (c) Can also help with travel costs involved

Solution:

  • SUBU should change the process of how society funding is distributed
  • BU should pay for BU associated costs of sports

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Activities to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM
Passed by BSM Proposed by: Sam Waters

Problem:

  • SUBU recognises that waste plastics pose a global threat to the marine environment
  • A clear policy is needed in order to raise awareness of the issue to students, staff, visitors and suppliers

Solution:

  • Measure our use of single-use plastics and set targets for reduction as the ‘worst offenders’
  • Develop an assessment of the environmental impact of plastics we buy and use to inform the purchase of goods and services
  • Where the use of plastics is unavoidable, aim to buy only those plastic products that can be easily reused or recycled
  • Seek and encourage innovative recycling opportunities for the plastic waste we and our supply chain partners produce in our buildings, cafés and daily operations
  • Promote behaviours that reduce reliance on plastics, particularly encouraging the use of tap water over bottled water and the reduction of plastic packaging waste
  • Support and encourage student and community initiatives to remove plastic waste and litter from the environment
  • SUBU will have processes that ensure visiting organisations see this policy and submit their own plan prior to visits outlining how they intend to comply with the policy. Particular attention will be given to preventing ‘give aways’ that are not intended for any reasonable future use (i.e. they are just disposable)
  • SUBU will encourage BU to consider research into the sustainability of plastics, use of alternatives and protection of the marine environment from plastic waste. SUBU should also expect BU to encourage the sustainability use of plastic and protection of the oceans to be included in academic programmes
  • Nothing in this policy should negatively impact any student, staff member or visitor. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring people with disabilities are not disadvantaged

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Community to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM
  • Work in partnership with NUS, BU, suppliers, and other stakeholders to meet these policy objectives
  • Work with our supply chain to develop capability and capacity for recycled plastic products (not just recyclable products)
  • Work with students, staff and suppliers to encourage them to take practical steps to reduce the use of plastic and the production of plastic waste
  • SUBU should apply this policy across all aspects of its activities including commercial services, activities, visitors, freshers fair, campaigns, media
Passed by BSM Proposed by: SUBU Exec

Problem:

  • SUBU voted to affiliate to the People’s Vote campaign at the previous Big Student Meeting
  • Students’ participation and involvement in this critical debate should be encouraged and facilitated by SUBU wherever possible as per the Union’s position on People’s Vote. Students would find it costly and difficult to attend the event without this help from the Union

Solution:

  • Further to its affiliation to the People’s Vote campaign, SUBU should provide a coach to the People’s Vote March on March 23rd 2019 for students, free of charge
  • Students will be expected to pay a refundable £5 reservation fee
  • The presence of a coach load of students would provide a safer, less intimidating environment for those who have not been to such a march before

Ideas for implementation:

  • President to take ownership and update at the next BSM
  • Passed by SUBU Exec

Problem:

  • SUBU has a 5-year vision, a strategic plan and operational plans but does not have s process for sabbatical year and campaign planning
  • SUBUs work is sometime disjointed and should be more joined up and strategic
  • There is no process for linking up the manifestos of those elected and ensuring an agreed political or strategic vision for sabbaticals work over the term of office of one year

Solution:

  • Departments need to work together more coherently around sabbatical manifestos and instead of working to one, each department should be trying to consider all the manifestos of those elected
  • To ensure all departments have all the sabbatical officers’ manifestos incorporated into their departmental plans
  • All sabbaticals must work together after their election on a joint priority campaign document to guide all departments, setting out a coherent plan for policy, ironing out any inconsistencies across manifestos and setting out a clear work agenda for staff and students

Ideas for implementation:

  • All FTOs to take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: SUBU Exec

Problem:

  • Brexit is a decision that will have huge implications for home, international and EU students
  • Many students at BU were unable to have their say in the referendum

Solution:

  • The Peoples’ Vote are calling for the right for the UK public to vote to either leave with the deal given to us by the EU or remain in the EU
  • The vote would allow BU students to have their say on what outcome and deal is best for them
  • SUBU should affiliate to the Peoples Vote campaign and work with other SUs across the UK to include students in a final say on the deal
  • SUBU should support The People’s Vote Campaign

Ideas for implementation:

  • President to take ownership and update students at the next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: Toby Johnson

Problem:

  • Thousands of students across the country consensually engage in some form of sex work: be it live cam shows, amateur pornography, or full-service sex work. Some of these thousands of students are likely students at Bournemouth University
  • Universities currently hold the power to expel students and eject them from university accommodation upon the discovery that they are sex workers
  • Bournemouth University has no official stance on student sex workers, nor does SUBU, however, we are unable to access any data or statistics to tell us whether Bournemouth University has or has not expelled student sex workers in the past

Solution:

  • SUBU should adopt a policy in support of student sex workers and lobby BU to also adopt a policy in support of student sex workers that explicitly rules out the punishment and ostracization of sex workers
  • Sex workers studying at Bournemouth University would not be at risk of being expelled for their line of work, would feel infinitely safer existing in Bournemouth University as a student, and would not need to hide their status as a student sex worker

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Welfare to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: Astrid Johnson

Problem:

  • The UN Millennium Development Goals (where the focus had been on “the global south and developing countries”) were updated in 2015 to become global Sustainable Development Goals up to 2030
  • SUBU supports these goals in principle but needs to find ways of enacting them meaningfully

Solution:

  • SUBU to conduct a review and conversation around how it’s activities, structures, societies, and stakeholders, can help deliver SDGs meaningfully
  • SUBU should prioritise information and action around the UN Sustainable Development Goals up to 2030

Ideas for implementation:

  • All FTOs to take ownership and provide an update at the next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: Abidemi Abiodun (VP Community)

Problem:

  • SUBU Housing Fair features internal stakeholders and Bournemouth Council only
  • SUBU does not have a formal policy on Housing
  • Corfe House and Home Park are advertising to returning students and individual private BU Lets have started disappearing
  • Changes to the laws around HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation) may have a significant effect on the availability of choice in housing for BU students

Solution:

  • SUBU should invite independent letting agents (beyond BU Lets) to the up and coming Housing Fair as a way of improving the range of information and advice available
  • Students will have all the information they’ll need when making housing decisions

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Community to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: Abidemi Abiodun (VP Community)

Problem:

  • Currently not all lectures are recorded
  • Students who have missed lectures are unable to keep up with work independently
  • Students who are unable to attend lectures due to medical needs are more likely to full behind

Solution:

  • There will be less pressure for students on note taking during lectures as they can look back on recordings as part of independent studies
  • This system will prevent students from falling behind with work and limit the amount of anxiety and stress experienced by students
  • SUBU should lobby Bournemouth University to implement lecture recordings by making it necessary and potentially mandatory for lecturers to do so

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Education to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown

Problem:

  • There have recently been some incidents of assault around Glenmoor Road
  • The pedestrian routes along White Farm Close, Glenmoor Road and the pedestrian walk ways that run alongside Boundary Road are incredibly dark and conducive not only to assault but other incidents such as muggings and general accidents
  • Currently there is no street lighting in pedestrian routes around Talbot Campus and no street lighting in the Slades Park forest
  • For students with evening labs and lectures, they do not feel safe walking back to their houses at night

Solution:

  • Opening up the car park to more students will benefit their safety and those who drive will be able to drive friends so that they are safe too
  • This should decrease the number of incidents happening to our students near campus
  • SUBU should tell BU to lobby Bournemouth Council to put more street lights up in pedestrian routes around Talbot Campus and to put street lights in the Slades park farm forest and open up the car park to any students

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Welfare to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown

Problem:

  • All staff are not currently mandated to have Mental Health training. At present there are no mental health places in BU accommodation
  • This has an impact on all students, regardless of their mental health

Solution:

  • With this training in place, BU students would be able to expect a higher level of understanding from their lecturers and other staff
  • Staff will be able to use the right language to ensure students feel heard and that their mental health is being considered
  • It would also ensure that staff know how to respond to emergency/crisis situations, potentially saving lives
  • SUBU should lobby the University to include training on student mental health in the induction process for all forward-facing staff and Mental Health spaces in every BU accommodation

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Welfare to take ownership and provide updates at the next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown

Problem:

  • A university that strives to have good ethics should not be partnered with companies that do not care to pay taxes
  • As students that pays £9,000 in tuition fees per year – potentially more in the future – we would rather our University supports local, independent coffee organisations in future partnerships, rather than multi-million corporations that act with impunity

Solution:

  • SUBU should lobby BU to partner with local coffee shops instead of Starbucks when the current contract is up for renewal and SUBU should do the same when their contract with Starbucks expires

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Community to take ownership and report on updates at the next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: Gareth Thomas

Problem:

  • The Union does sell environmentally friendly products

Solution:

  • The student shop should do more to promote an eco-friendly lifestyle. Products that are there, which are eco-friendly, should be promoted
  • Mooncup and Natracare, two eco- friendly menstruation companies have given permission for SUBU to stock their products and there has been interest across the student body
  • SUBU should lobby BU to increase the range of environmentally friendly products available across both campuses, and in student shops including those run by SUBU

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Welfare to take ownership, involving relevant leaders from Liberations group and societies interested in providing student voice
  • Work with relevant people to ensure that options are cost effective, affordable and environmentally friendly
  • Updates to be delivered at next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown

Problem:

  • There has been a renewed call by students to make Full-time Officers more accountable for their actions and promises
  • Whilst there are systems in place that allow this, transparent updates are rarely delivered directly to students

Solution:

  • Accountability is important, it is an important aspect to show students what officers have been doing and making sure they are doing it correctly
  • Make sure there is space and understanding for officers to know students are paying attention to what officers do, making sure students know what they are doing
  • Full-time Officers should do regular transparent updates on their work and be held to account more regularly

Ideas for implementation:

  • The format that these updates will take is as yet undecided, but this should be accessible to all students
  • President to take ownership and updates to be delivered at next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown

Problem:

  • Students at Lansdowne have been asking for sporting facilities such as the gym to be available at Lansdowne as well
  • It is hard for students studying at Lansdowne to be always traveling to Talbot
  • There are no sporting facilities at Lansdowne

Solution:

  • SUBU to lobby BU for an active/social space for more of a student presence and for all students to feel together rather than segregation between Talbot and Lansdowne students
  • This would be two gyms and one membership, joining Talbot and Lansdowne gyms together, making it so there is a safe space for students to work out and feel comfortable across the entire community, making it fairer.

Ideas for implementation:

  • VP Activities to take ownership, with the support of any clubs and societies willing to offer support
  • Update to be given at next BSM
  • Passed by BSM Proposed by: Unknown

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