Student Council Online Ballots

 

Student Council online ballots enable all students to have a say on motions that do not reach a consensus at Student Council meetings. Any motion which is supported by between 33% and 66% (inclusive) of votes within the meeting will go to an online ballot to allow all students to have their say. 

 

A motion which goes to an online ballot will pass if it achieves a simple majority in favour, and it requires one more than the total number of votes which were cast  for and against the motion at the Student Council meeting, e.g. if 50 students voted in favour, 50 students voted against, and 5 students abstained, there would need to be at least 101 votes cast in the online ballot for the vote to be valid.

 

 

Current online ballots

 

 

There are no current online ballots.

 

Previous online ballots

 

Creation of Welcome Week Orientation went to an online ballot following discussion at the Student Council meeting  on 24 January 2019. Voting was open on 30  and 31 January required 116 votes to be quorate. The results were as follows:

Total votes: 118

Votes for: 67

Votes against: 50

Abstentions: 1

The motion was therefore carried, meaning students have voted for the Students’ Association to lobby the Univeristy to improve the Welcome Week for undergraduates to include the sorting of matriculating students into houses, and the creation of complusory consent workshops.

 

 

"NUS delegates and policy mandates" went to an online ballot following discussion at the Student Council meeting on 22 March 2018. Voting was open on 28th and 29th March and required 68 votes to be quorate. The results were as follows:

Total votes: 164

Votes for: 86

Votes against: 21

Abstentions: 57

The motion was therefore carried. As with all newly-passed Council motions, Association Executive will now discuss how to take this motion forward. Where policies have a legal, reputational or financial impact they are likely to be referred to the Trustee Board.

 

"Ensuring clearer election rules regarding societies" went to an online ballot following discussion at the Student Council meeting on 22 March 2018. Voting was open on 28th and 29th March and required 82 votes to be quorate. The results were as follows:

Total votes: 243

Votes for: 166

Votes against: 32

Abstentions: 45

The motion was therefore carried. As with all newly-passed Council motions, Association Executive will now discuss how to take this motion forward. Where policies have a legal, reputational or financial impact they are likely to be referred to the Trustee Board.

 

"Allow all members to contribute to the running of their societies" went to an online ballot following discussion at the Student Council meeting on 22 March 2018. Voting was open on 28th and 29th March and required 83 votes to be quorate. The results were as follows:

Total votes: 442

Votes for: 394

Votes against: 45

Abstentions: 3

The motion was therefore carried. As with all newly-passed Council motions, Association Executive will now discuss how to take this motion forward. Where policies have a legal, reputational or financial impact they are likely to be referred to the Trustee Board.

 

"NUS delegation leaders and policy mandates" went to an online ballot following discussion at the Student Council meeting on 15 February 2018. Voting was open on 14th and 15th November and required 64 votes to be quorate. The results were as follows:

Total votes: 60

Votes for: 31

Votes against: 20

Abstentions: 9

As the motion did not meet the required number of votes, it did not pass.

 

"A ban on the sale of bottled water, plastic bags and all other singleuse plastics from Students’ Association-run cafes, bars and shops" went to an online ballot following discussion at the Student Council meeting on 15 February 2018. Voting was open on 21st and 22nd November and required 98 votes to be quorate. The results were as follows:

Total votes: 124

Votes for: 108

Votes against: 16

Abstentions: 0

The motion was therefore carried. As with all newly-passed Council motions, Association Executive will now discuss how to take this motion forward. Where policies have a legal, reputational or financial impact they are likely to be referred to the Trustee Board.

 

"Supporting Picturehouse and McDonalds Strikes (NUS Scotland)" went to an online ballot following discussion at the Student Council meeting on 25 January 2018. Voting was open on 21st and 22nd November and required 50 votes to be quorate. The results were as follows:

Total votes: 21

Votes for: 17

Votes against: 4

Abstentions: 0

As the motion did not meet the required number of votes, it did not pass.

 

"Fight for Affordable Rent (Scotland)" went to an online ballot following discussion at the Student Council meeting on 25 January 2018. Voting was open on 31st January and 1st February and required 45 votes to be quorate. The results were as follows:

Total votes: 23

Votes for: 20

Votes against: 3

Abstentions: 0

As the motion did not meet the required number of votes, it did not pass.

 

"Working towards a smoke free university" went to an online ballot following discussion at the Student Council meeting on 23rd November 2017. Voting was open on 29th and 30th November and required 53 votes to be quorate. The results were as follows:

Total votes: 149

Votes for: 129

Votes against: 18

Abstentions: 2

The motion was therefore carried, meaning students have voted for the Students’ Association to work with the University to encourage a tobacco-free culture on campus, including the promotion of smoking cessation services.

 

"Making Universities More Inclusive of People of Colour (Motion to NUS Scotland Conference)" went to an online ballot following discussion at the Student Council meeting on 2 February 2017. Voting was open on 8th and 9th February and required 98 votes to be quorate. The results were:

Total votes: 468

Votes for: 421

Votes against: 51

Abstentions: 2

The motion was therefore carried and will be taken to NUS Scotland Conference to be debated further.

 

"Nap Pods and Rest Facilities". This motion went to an online ballot following discussion at the Student Council meeting on 24/11/16. Voting was open 30/11/16 - 1/12/16 and required 86 votes to be quorate. The results are as follows:

Total votes: 1,913

Votes for: 1,616

Votes against: 286

Abstentions: 11

The motion is therefore carried, meaning students have voted for the Students’ Association to endorse proposals for the Buchanan Institute to discuss provision of rest facilities with the University, who will take any further decisions on implementation.