Referenda

London Met Students' Union Referenda 2021!

Voting will take place on this site from Wednesday 17th November 9:00am - Friday 19th November 4.00pm. Please do not attempt to vote until 09.00am on Wednesday. Results will be announced on Friday 19th November approximately 5.00pm. Details of the results declaration will appear via this site.

 

How to vote: Please read carefully: 

1. Please read carefully the section at the foot of this page called 'full details and background reading' 

2. Please login to this website. Do this via the top-right hand corner using your usual university credentials. 

3. Follow the instructions below. There are three questions. Once you have answered the first two, you will then be prompted to answer the third and final question. To answer question one, click where it says 'vote now' and follow the instructions. 

IMPORTANT: Do not click the green 'vote in question 3' box on the right-hand side until you have voted in questions one and two. To vote in questions one and two click the vote now  linck below:

 

December 2021: all members meeting voting

Changes to governance structure

The Students’ Union’s Executive Committee is proposing to completely revamp our entire governance structure.  Our current articles and bye-laws are long and unnecessarily complicated.  These proposals will make the Students’ Union less bureaucratic, easier to shape and friendlier to you our members.

Do you support the Students’ Union changing its Articles and Bye-Laws as proposed?

Reassessment Cap

Reassessment Cap
Currently, when students fail an assessment component and they have missed the mitigating circumstances deadline, they are required to resit the failed component but are capped at 40%.  In a recent referendum the majority of students voted for the SU to lobby the University to increase the reassessment cap from 40% to a range of 55-60%

Do you agree that the SU should lobby the University for this option?

 

Full details and background reading: 

Referenda questions: 

  1. Do you support the changes proposed to the full time officer structure at the Students’ Union?
  2. Should the Students' Union lobby the University to provide more specialist support for students who have experienced sexual violence?
  3. Currently, when students fail an assessment component and they have missed the mitigating circumstances deadline, they are required to resit the failed component but are capped at 40%. Which of the following options do you think the Students’ Union should adopt:
  • Lobby the University to increase the reassessment cap from 40% to a range of 55-60%
  • Lobby the University to allow students to retake their failed components within a module in which they have an overall pass grade
  • Lobby the University for a scaled deduction in the overall mark according to how many days later you hand in your coursework submission
  • None of the above

1. New full-time officer structure

Question:

Do you support the changes proposed to the full time officer structure at the Students’ Union?

Summary text:

Currently the Students’ Union’s full time officer structure is made up of the following roles:

  • President

  • Guildhall School of Business and Law & Human Sciences Officer

  • Computing and Digital Media & School of Art, Architecture and Design Officer

  • School of Social Sciences and Social Professions Full Time Officer

If this referendum is approved, the structure will change to:

The proposed change will mean that officers will be elected to clear ‘portfolios’ ensuring that future Students’ Union elections will focus on specific portfolio issues.  The Students’ Union will continue to work in schools via our School Rep Assistants and Student Reps for courses.

 

2. Specialist support for students who have experienced sexual violence

Question:

Should the Students' Union lobby the University to provide more specialist support for students who have experienced sexual violence?

Summary text:

According to a study by Revolt Sexual Assault , 62% of students and graduates have experienced sexual violence whilst studying at UK universities. Now, more than ever, the pressure is on for universities to tackle the problems of sexual violence and rape culture within their institutions. The first step to doing that is to make support services for students who have experienced sexual violence more readily available and accessible. Students and survivors deserve to feel safe and supported here at London Met.

 

3. Changes to the reassessment cap

Question:

Currently, when students fail an assessment component and they have missed the mitigating circumstances deadline, they are required to resit the failed component but are capped at 40%.

 Which of the following options do you think the Students’ Union should adopt:

  1. Lobby the University to increase the reassessment cap from 40% to a range of 55-60%

  2. Lobby the University to allow students to retake their failed components within a module in which they have an overall pass grade

  3. Lobby the University for a scaled deduction in the overall mark according to how many days later you hand in your coursework submission

  4. None of the above

Summary text:

Currently, when students fail an assessment component and they have missed the mitigating circumstances deadline, they are required to resit the failed component but are capped at 40%. This can affect the overall grade for that module component, in turn leading to a lower degree classification. We want to address the degree awarding gap. For this reason we came up with 3 main alternatives.

  • Increase the reassessment cap from 40% to a range of 55-60%. This would allow students a greater chance to receive a 2:1/1st degree classification.

  • Students are allowed to retake their failed components within a module that they have passed in overall. This would allow students to receive a higher grade in their module component in turn, affecting their degree classification.

  • Introduce a scaled deduction in the overall mark according to how many days later you hand in your coursework submission. This means that there is still room for students to be capped at a lower grade but not directly at 40% for example, 10% would be deducted if a student submitted their coursework 1 day late.

 

What is a Referendum?

Referendum (noun)
An occasion when all the people of a country can vote on an important issue

A Referendum is when all the people of a country or a member-led organisation such as a Students' Union, are given the opportunity to vote on a specific question. They are different from elections as there are no candidates or parties, simply a question is put, often with a simple 'yes' or 'no' options to choose from. They tend to occur infrequently and often decide highly important matters which are deemed to be of such gravity that they should be put directly for the people to decide, rather than be decided by elected representatives such as Members of Parliament. Recent referendums in the UK include 'Should the UK leave the European Union?' and 'Should Scotland be an independent Nation?' 

 

Referendums and the Students' Union

The governing documents of the Students' Union make provision for a referendum to be held on 'any matter' as long as it is correctly convened. Section 13 of the Article of Association (Students' Union Constitution) sets out what is needed. In summary, a referendum may be called on the agreement of the Trustee Board, majority vote by the Student Council or a petition of the student membership. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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