LUU is a member led organization – that means any one of our 38,000 members can make a change to what we do, how we do it and who represents them. The Better Forums exist to enable you to make those changes. Thanks to great ideas in the past, we've been able to improve things across the Union, University and City: from £1 bus fares to banning landlords who charge extra fees.
The Forums take place three times a year, and there are three groups of people at each forum, each with their own role in the decision-making process:
- You: You’ll need be there to tell people why you submitted your idea, and why you’d like the panel to vote yes!
- Reps: Each Better Forum is attended by relevant reps. They'll relay other students' views and give feedback on ideas.
- Student Panel: A randomly selected panel of 16 students will listen, ask questions, and decide whether to approve or reject your idea - much like a jury. 75% of them need to say 'Yes' to turn your idea into policy for the next three years. If they can't agree then ideas can move to a campus wide vote called a referendum to let all students decide. The idea holder has the final say on whether their idea moves forward to referendum or not.
Have you got an idea for how to make the Union, the Uni or Leeds and beyond better? All you need to do is let us know, using the form below. If you have any questions email our Political Engagement Team and we can have a chat. You can also join our mailing list to hear more about what's going on with policy, democracy and campaigns here at LUU.