Policy

Our policies outline our beliefs, values, and positions on a whole host of student issues, from teaching to housing to international politics. All of our policies are written and approved by students, and any student at Lancaster has the right to submit policies for the student body to consider. 


The following policy items have been passed democratically by the students' union. Before 2016/17, our principal policymaking body was Council. From 2016/17 onwards, policy items are passed by either Executive Committee, a Student Jury, or an all-student referendum. You can find out more about these structures and bodies here.

Policy 2017-18

Use of Pronouns

We never assume someone's pronouns and work to normalise clarifying pronoun use

Single Use Plastic 

We aim to reduce the use of plastic in our services and lobby the university to do the same 

Lecture Recordings 

We believe all students should have sufficient access to Lecture Recordings for the bettering of their educational experience.

Mental Health Support 

We believe that all students should have access to mental health support which is high-quality and appropriate.

Policy 2016-17

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We a diverse and inclusive organisation, taking positive action across the University in support of equality and diversity

Responsible Alcohol Consumption

We have a duty to create a safe space for responsible drinking, and condemn excessive drinking culture

Zero Tolerance

We take a zero tolerance stance against bullying, harassment and discrimination

Housing

All students are entitled to safe, quality, affordable housing both on and off campus

Ethics and Sustainability

We support environmentally friendly choices and lead on ethical and sustainable initiatives in the University community

Content Warnings

All students should be comfortable at our events and training, so we provide content warnings at all appropriate times

Policy 2015-16

Self-defining Electorate

All students have the right to self-define their identity and our elections will allow students to self-define at the time of voting

Hustings in Union Elections

We will aim for our elections and hustings events to be accessible to all students

Opposing Tuition Fees

We condemn the current system of fees and loans as unsustainable, unfair, and a barrier to education

Stand By Me

We stand by victim-survivors of sexual assault and call for a commitment by the University and community to provide accessible support services

 

If you're interested in writing or submitting your own policy items, contact governance@lancaster.ac.uk or the Chair of Executive Committee at su.vp.uniondevelopment@lancaster.ac.uk.