Student Idea - Liberation Budgets

Student Idea - Liberation Budgets


On 28th April, Essex SU voted to Leave the NUS. This means that Essex SU now no longer has to pay the affiliation fee to NUS, saving approximately £50,000 gross each academic year.

This idea is in the belief that our Liberation campaigns should have a guaranteed, ring-fenced budget for their campaigns throughout an academic year. Currently many of the Liberation events (including Black History Month, LGBT* History Month, and International Women’s Week) are funded out of the Students’ Union central budget.

This idea proposes that for each of the liberation campaigns, a ring-fenced budget per academic year is made available, to be decided by the respective liberation officer, and signed off by the SU President.

This money should not be spent on events that the SU already budgets for, and allocates money to for liberations.

While SU Ideas can vote on policy and not actual financial budgets, this proposer believes that this figure should be at least £500, per liberation officer, per academic year.


Josh Gulrajani







    May 12th

    Idea has been approved.


    May 19th

    The idea received more than 50% support, and so the executive team will work on making sure this is put into place.


    Novemebr 28th

    Each Liberation Officer has now £500 as a ring-fenced budget for their campaigns throughout an academic year.


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HOW it works

  1. Once the idea has been approved students will have 5 days to make suggestions to improve the idea.
  2. If suggestions are made and accepted by the proposer than the Union Chair will approve the final idea before voting opens.
  3. Voting will then open for five days.
  4. Ideas will only be considered by the Students' Union Executive if they receive at least 25 yes votes or 40% of the vote being yes, which ever number is the greatest.
  5. The idea will be accepted by the Executive if over 60% of the vote supports the idea. If it is inbetween 40% and 60% it will be referred to an All Student Meeting. If the idea gets over 60% of members supporting the Students' Union Executive can still refer the idea to an All Student Meeting.

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