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Make Your Mark!

There are other ways to make a change if you don't want to nominate yourself in one of the many elections held at the SU. Each of the tabs below explains in more detail about how to make your ideas a reality:

Any student can propose a motion to change or improve something at Warwick SU, the University and beyond.

If a motion passes, it becomes SU policy for 3 years and representatives from the SU must try to enact those changes.

There are 3 parts to a motion: 

  • This Union notes... are facts and information about the topic, backed up by sources and references (e.g. "This Union notes Warwick SU only has buildings on Warwick University Campus")
  • This Union believes... details what stance the Union should take (e.g. "This Union believes Warwick SU should have a building off campus for students not able to get to campus")
  • This Union resolves... lists any actions the Union should take and who should do it (e.g. "This Union resolves to mandate the Democracy & Development Officer to investigate the possibility of having an SU building off campus")
Download Motion Template

 

If you are happy with your motion, please send it to democracy@warwicksu.com

Once your motion is received, it gets sent to the Democracy Committee, who review the motion, propose improvements and steer the motion to other relevant SU Committees to review and propose amendments.

The motion will then go to Student Council, who discuss the motion and vote on whether to pass it or not, or whether to send it to an All Student Vote for all students to vote on.

If the motion passes at Student Council or an All Student Vote, it becomes active policy.

Motion Deadlines

  • Motion deadline (1) Monday 25th October, 09am
  • Motion Deadline (2) Monday 15th November, 09am
  • Motion Deadline (3) Monday 03rd January, 09am
  • Motion Deadline (4) Monday 01st March, 09am
  • Motion Deadline (5) Monday 25th April, 09am
  • Student Council Dates

  • Student Council (1) Tuesday 02nd November, 4-7pm
  • Student Council (2) Tuesday 30th November, 4-7pm
  • Student Council (3) Tuesday 25th January, 4-7pm
  • Student Council (4) Tuesday 08th March, 4-7pm
  • Student Council (5) Tuesday 10th May, 4-7pm (Super Council)
  • All Student Vote Dates

  • All Student Vote (1) The Big Debate Monday 08th November, 5-7pm
  • All Student Vote (1) Tuesday 09th - Friday 12th November
  • All Student Vote (2) The Big Debate Monday 31st January, 5-7pm
  • All Student Vote (2) Tuesday 01st - Friday 04th February
  • All Student Vote (3) The Big Debate Monday 16th May, 5-7pm
  • All Student Vote (3) Tuesday 17th - Friday 20th May
  • A petition can also be used to change something at Warwick SU, University and beyond. A petition is still written like a motion and still receives an Impact Assessment, but has the ability to bypass Student Council and go straight to an All Student Vote

    A petition goes straight to an All Student Vote (after being impact assessed) if it receives signatures from at least 1% of Warwick University students

    What Funding is available?

    There are 3 pots of money you can bid from to fund your ideas and projects

    • £4000 SU Project Fund
    • £4000 SU Campaigns Fund
    • £5000 University and SU Environmental Sustainability Fund

    These pots are adminstered by the SU Development Exec, made up of 6 directly elected students, the Environment and Ethics Officer and the Democracy and Development Officer

    You should only apply for funding if your project is due to take place in the same Academic term

    Be aware that other students will be bidding for moeny from the same pots, so the Development Exec would be unlikely to fund the entirety of the pot to your project

    Which fund applies to my project?

    The SU Project Fund is available to any member/ group of members of the SU, and will be awarded to projects that aim to further the SU's core aims and values. Projects should enhance the experience of Warwick students as students, on campus and in the community. Projects should be one-off endeavours or start-ups.

    The SU Campaigns Fund is available to any member / group of members of the SU. Funds will be given to campaigns that help further the SU's core aims and values. Campaigns should enhance the experience of Warwick students as students, on campus and in the community. Campaigns should be new or one-off

    The University and SU Environment and Sustainability Fund has been provided by the Warwick Estates Office. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to initiatives that promote sustainability, which should fall under a priority of the University Environment Team.

    Want to Apply for Funding?

    Please familiarise yourself with the SU Strategic Plan 2021 below

    Strategy Plan Link Complete your funding application here

    If your Funding bid is successful, you MUST reclaim your funding before the deadline specified by the Development Exec, otherwise that money will be released back into the pot

    What happens next?

    You will:

    • Receive an email confirmation that your bid has been received
    • Be invited to the next SU Development Exec meeting, where your application will be considered and you will have the chance to answer any questions
    • Receive an email with the SU Development Exec's decision, and any conditions on receiving the funding. The Development Exec use Regulation 5 - Funding Bid Regulations to make their decision
    What makes a Good Funding Bid?

    In general, here are some points to consider when writing your application

    DO

    • Be specific about the costs involved e.g. "return train travel from London to Coventry - £30"
    • Research your costs and request quotes. Any quotes or proof of costs can be emailed to funding@warwicksu.com
    • Clearly differentiate any costs that you are NOT requesting funding for
    • Be clear about your project/ campaign aims and how they benefit students
    • Consider the timeline of your project / camapign carefully

    DON'T

    • Request funding for alcohol
    • Apply for funding for projects that do not impact students as students
    • Apply for funding for events or projects that are recurring events or projects
    • Inflate your costs - it doesn't make it more likely you will be funded
    • Apply at the last minute - allow at least 4 weeks in term time
    • Forget to reclaim any funds granted
    What's the money reimbursement process?

    If your bid is successful you can request reimbursement of agreed costs. Usuaully, students will purchase the items / materials etc themselves and then complete a money request form to get that money back. If this is not possible, we can work with the student on the best way of ensuring they have the money for their project / campaign.

    Any money you are requesting as a result of a successful bid must be accompanied with proof of purchase / costs.

    If you become aware that you will not require all of the funding allocated, please let us know so that we can make them avaialble to other groups.

    Funding Bid Deadlines

    • Funding Bid deadline (1) Monday 25th October, 09am
    • Funding Bid deadline (2) Monday 15th November, 09am
    • Funding Bid deadline (3) Monday 3rd January, 09am