If you are a Union Council member, you are able to submit a policy for debate. This means, if you have an idea, or something you want to change, you can present it to the council to debate and vote on. Policy can be difficult if you have no experience with it, with this in mind, we have outlined a stop shop on how to write policy for union council!
What does policy look like?
Below is an example of policy. There is a clear and concise name at the top, alongside the names of the proposer and seconder. The proposer is the person writing and proposing the policy; you. As outlined in our constitution, you need a seconder to submit policy. This means you need two people to propose policy to council, and you both must be councilors. It is best to approach a counselor who you know shares the same views as you on the matter to which you are proposing, or go directly to an Officer who can support you.
Beyond this, the policy is clearly separated into three sections, council notes, council believes and council resolves.
How to Write a Council Paper
The paper should be structured as follows:
Title – Should be concise and comprehensible
Proposed by – (name of the member of the Union proposing the paper)
Seconded by – (name of the member member of the Union in support of the proposed paper)
Union Notes (Facts) – establishing factual information on the topic.
Union Believes (Opinion) – What you believe consider to be true. This is where debate will come in. What you believe may not be what other councillors hold true.
Union Resolves (Actions) – What do you want to happen. Tell the Union what actions you would like to be taken by the organisation. Such as mandate officers to speak to college/external or what resources (time or physical) allocated.
If you need support writing policy, feel free to contact the Campaigns and Democracy officer Hamish Williams.
Please click here for a policy template to use. REMEMBER to send policy to E.Damery@uea.ac.uk 10 working days before the Union Council meeting you want to present it at, otherwise it will not be added onto the agenda.
If you need support writting policy, feel free to contact the Campaigns and Democracy officer Hamish Williams.
Please click here for a policy template to use. REMEMBER to send policy to E.Damery@uea.ac.uk 10 working days before the Union Counil meeting you want to present it at, otherwise it will not be added onto the agenda.