Referendum - All Student Vote



All-Student Vote
An all-student vote will take place on the following issues:
  • Changes to the QSU Democracy Rules
  • Changes to Rep Roles and Clubs and Societies
Proposal 1 - Amendments to the Constitution – Democracy Review

“Do you support the proposal on Democracy in the Students’ Union (attached) to amend the Students’ Union Constitution and Rules?”

Proposal 2 - Amendments to the Constitution – Rep Roles and Clubs & Societies

“Do you support the proposal on Rep Roles and Clubs and Societies in the Students’ Union (attached) to amend the Students’ Union Constitution and Rules?”

Voting will take place from Thu 18 Apr, 7am - 10pm, on the QSU website. Students will be asked if they support the proposal.

Official Notification    Referendum Rules    Campaigin in the Referendum
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As well as having your voice heard by voting, you can also get involved in campaigning and encouraging students to vote.

Read our Campaign FAQs or download our guide to campaigning, which will give you all the tips and tricks you need to encourage students to vote.

Guide to Campaigning

Campaigning FAQs

We have put together answers to some of the most common questions about campaigning in the referendum.

  • What are the Referendum Rules?

    The full Rules for the Referendum are available here (PDF). The Rules apply to everyone participating in the Referendum.

  • Can any student campaign in this referendum?

    Any student of the Students’ Union can campaign / participate in the Referendum. A student does not have to be part of an official campaign to be involved / advocate for a particular position.

    Students may only campaign in accordance with the Referendum Rules.

  • Do I have be a member of an official campaign team?

    Any student can campaign in the Referendum. Students do not have to be a member of an official campaign team.

    Students may only campaign in accordance with the Referendum Rules.

  • Can non-students / external groups participate in the referendum?

    This is a referendum for Queen’s students. Only Queen’s students can vote in the referendum and participate in the referendum.

    Clearly, it is beyond the authority of the Students’ Union to prevent external individuals / groups from participating in the Referendum and from taking a position on the issues.

    However, if the activities/actions of non-students and/or external groups are alleged to in breach of the Referendum Rules, these will be investigated as if it the alleged breach(s) were undertaken by a student. This could result in sanctions being imposed on the officially recognised campaign teams or could affect the validity/result of the Referendum.

  • What advantages/benefits are given to official campaign teams?

    Official campaign teams will have the following materials printed for them by the Students’ Union.

    • 200 A3 Posters (single-sided, colour)
    • 500 A4 Posters (single-sided, colour)
    • 1000 A5 Flyers (double-sided, black & white)


    No other groups will be allowed printed materials, such as posters and leaflets.

    Official campaign teams will also be given space on the Students’ Union website and on the online voting system to outline their position to voters. (This is like an online manifesto used by election candidates.)

    They may also be given additional opportunities by the Students’ Union to communicate with students during the Referendum campaign.

  • Can campaigners or campaign teams produce their own printed materials (flyers/posters)?

    Only materials printed by the Students’ Union for the official campaigns may be used.

    Individual or other groups may not print or distribute any other printed materials. To do so will be considered a breach of the Referendum Rules.

  • Campaign Teams – How do I contact them?

    The Students’ Union has recognised official campaigners / supports for both ‘sides’ of the referendum question. The recognised campaigns are able to get campaign materials printed by the Students’ Union.

    If you want to contact the lead campaigners for either side of this campaign, you can do so through the SU Voice team in the Students’ Union who will forward on any correspondence received.

  • Can Clubs, Societies, and Student Associations campaign in the referendum?

    Students’ Union Clubs and Societies, including Student Associations, may participate in the Referendum. They many support particular positions, encourage their members to vote in the Referendum and recommend that they vote in support, or in opposition to the Referendum.

    A decision by a Club or Society, or Student Association, to participate in the Referendum must be agreed by the Committee of the Club, Society, or Association. It must be formally recorded and minuted. The formal record and minute may be requested at any stage by the Returning Officer or may be requested as evidence in an Election Court.

    If a Club or Society, or Student Association, formally agrees to participate in the Referendum, they may make relevant communications to their members to that effect (including recommendations to support or oppose a particular referendum position). This includes the use of email and social media.

    Clubs, Societies, and Student Associations may not produce printed or non-printed Referendum materials. Club, Society, and Student Association resources, financial or otherwise, may not be used in the furtherance of a Referendum campaign.

Referendums - Overview

Referendums are All-Student Votes and give you the ultimate say in the big decisions in your Students’ Union. Any student can call (and vote in) a Referendum – the highest decision-making body in the Union.

If you have a campaign that you want the student body to support, you can demand that a Referendum is held, by either:

  • Getting the signatures of 1.5% of the student population at Queen’s
  • Asking Student Council to call a Referendum

You can request that the Students’ Union host a digital petition to demand that a referendum is held on a particular issue. If you want to call a Referendum, contact the SU Voice team. They can advise you in confidence before you get started.

Active Referendum Petitions

All active proposals will appear here.

There are no active referendum petitons.


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