What are the changes?
An overview of the newly implemented changes are below:
‘Forums’ will be used to increase discussion around issues and engagement in activism.
These are opportunities for students to bring up issues that affect them and decide how the Union should approach them. These can be called by students, as well as the Student Parliament or Exec, and can be used to discuss anything, from food on campus to mental health and housing. This will mean students can engage with issues that they have an interest more easily, and will encourage students to take part in activism and campaigning. These sessions could take place online as well as a physical meeting, allowing more opportunities for student to shape Union campaigns and policy in a format that works for them.
The composition of Student Parliament will change.
Student Parliament discusses issues that affect student, pass Union policy, and hold the Executive Officers to account. Student Parliament will still be open to all students at Strathclyde, and will be chaired by the Democracy Convenor. Only elected members of Parliament (i.e. the Executive and Non-Executive Officers) will be able to vote on policy proposals, though agenda items and policy proposals can be submitted by any student.
More opportunities for students to engage in the democratic process.
It should be easy for students to engage with our democratic structures, but the current system is outdated and complicated. A lot of the old processes, such as format of debate and procedural motions, will be removed to allow for more free flowing discussion. There will still be opportunities to submit policy at Parliament and Student Members Meetings. Students will also be able to call forums, and the threshold for call a referendum or general meeting will be lowered to 100 signatures.
Increased use of digital and online engagement.
Parliament meetings will be streamed, and we will explore opportunities for online voting to shape debates. We will also create opportunities on the website for students to submit questions directly to Executive officers, and post polls which can form the basis of forums.