How does the Union decide what it believes in?

We often take a stance on key issues, both on and off campus. This can be a pledge to change something at the Union or a campaign to lobby for change at UCL or further afield.

Each policy starts with you. You can submit a policy proposal that will be debated at one of our three Policy Zones (Education Zone, Activities Zone, Welfare and Community Zone). Once passed at a Zone meeting, policies are then ratified by Union Executive. Our policies are set democratically, and are binding for two years.

You don’t need to be a member of a Policy Zone to submit an idea, and you don’t need to attend for it to be presented (the Chair can do so on your behalf). If you have an idea for a new policy or feel that we should amend one of our existing policies you should fill out the following form: https://studentsunionucl.org/forms/submit-idea

For more information on decision-making, you can view Amendments to Governing Documents which, when passed, form the Memorandum and Articles of Association and Bye-Laws.
Reference code Title Lead officer Progress Origin Lapses
UP2109 Number of committee positions per person Activities & Engagement Officer Completed Activities Zone
UP2108 Support for UCU Strikes Education Officer Completed Union Executive
UP2107 Pronouns in Class Equity & Inclusion Officer Ongoing Education Zone
UP2106 The Union should increase the number of days that students in UCL Halls of Residence are allowed overnight guests Welfare & Community Officer Completed Welfare & Community Zone
UP2105 The Union should allow the use of communal spaces 24/7 for all residents Welfare & Community Officer Completed Welfare & Community Zone
UP2104 Face-to-face teaching Education Officer Ongoing Education Zone
UP2103 Students’ Union UCL Banking Union Affairs Officer Completed Union Executive
UP2102 Industrial Action Education Officer Completed Union Executive
UP2101 Lobby to end UCL's relationship with arms companies Welfare & Community Officer, Union Affairs Officer, Activities & Engagement Officer Ongoing Welfare & Community Zone
UP2012 Improvement to the Muslim student experience Welfare & Community Officer Ongoing Welfare & Community Zone
UP2011 Improvement in gender equality through naming of societies Activities & Engagement Officer Ongoing Activities Zone
UP2010 Digital Accessibility Welfare & Community Officer Ongoing Welfare & Community Zone
UP2009 Liberation Officers Welfare & Community Officer Ongoing Union Executive
UP2008 Supporting students in sex work Welfare & Community Officer, Equity & Inclusion Officer Ongoing Welfare & Community Zone
UP2007 Use of Amazon vouchers and products Union Affairs Officer Completed Welfare & Community Zone
UP2006 Reduction of international student tuition fees Education Officer Ongoing Education Zone
UP2005 Improvements to the foreign language provision for research students Ongoing Education Zone
UP2004 No detriment policy Education Officer Completed Union Executive
UP2003 Tackle Discrimination of Mature Students Ongoing Welfare & Community Zone