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Make a Change

There are many ways you can transform your University, YUSU, or the community you live in. If you have an idea and want to spark a conversation, tell us it here.

Making change happen requires collaboration and common goals. So once you’ve submitted your idea, you will be invited to discuss how we can work together to turn your idea into action.

From simple suggestions to political campaigns, we welcome all ideas for change, big or small. Some things can be worked on straight away - e.g. getting menus translated in YUSU venues, whilst others require consultation with students - e.g. YUSU creating a new representative position.

Ideas for political, transformative and long-term change, could potentially become YUSU Policy.

Submit an idea

The Policy Review Group (PRG)

Give your feedback on students' ideas

As part of the process for making policy at YUSU, we are currently seeking your feedback for ideas submitted by other students which could improve life for students in their Union, their University and the City of York.

Feedback on ideas is open until 12pm on Thursday 15th of November (Week 8). Please read the ideas submitted by students here and use the feedback form provided to let us know what you think! 

Once the feedback has been gathered in, the Policy Review Group (PRG) will review it and decide whether there has been sufficient consensus on an idea. If, in the view of the PRG, there is positive consensus on an idea it will become active Union policy for three years. If there is negative consensus on an idea it will not. If there is a very mixed reaction and no common consensus is reached, then the idea will be the subject of a campus-wide referendum! 

Referenda 2017

NSS Boycott 

The results for the referendum were as follows: 

Yes: 379

No: 568

Abstain: 11

Incorporation Referendum – changing YUSU’s legal status

The results for the referendum are as follows:

Yes: 1066

No: 150

Abstain: 76

Working Class and Social Mobility Officer Referendum

Yes: 495

No: 472

Abstain: 23