How Change It! Works

You might be wondering how Change It works! Don’t fret, it’s actually pretty simple. The following explains what happens to your ideas after submission.

  1. Students submit idea online
  2. Idea is checked for clarity
  3. Idea goes to Ideas Feasibility Group (IFG)
  4. IFG will send the idea in one of five directions; Action, Campaign, Policy, Reject or Referendum.
    IFG decisions are sent to RUSU's Trustee Board for comment.
  5. Agreed campaign/policy ideas go to Student Voice
    Student Voice will vote to pass or reject campaign and policy ideas. Student Voice may also amend ideas.
  6. Passed ideas go to an all student vote
    Students vote on campaigns and policy ideas. In a campaign vote, ideas compete against each other. The two ideas that win the vote (and pass quorum) are successful. In a policy vote, an unlimited number of policies can pass in the same voting period.
  7. Successful ideas become a campaign/policy for two years or until achieved
    Progress made towards passed ideas are checked at Student Officer Scrutiny during Student Voice meetings.

How to Vote

It's really easy to vote in Change It! All you need to do is make sure you're logged into the website, click vote now at the top of the Change It! homepage and follow the on-screen instructions.

All Student Campaign Vote

If a campaign idea is passed by Student Voice, it will be sent to an All Student Vote where our members, the students registered at the University of Reading, will decide which campaign idea should win. An unlimited number of campaign ideas can go to an All Student Campaign Vote at the same time.

RUSU uses an STV (Single Transferable Vote) system for Change It! campaign votes because it provides you with the most choice and influence. When voting, you can list the campaign ideas by order of preference (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) and you can vote for as many or as few ideas as you like.

There are two winning campaigns. RUSU will treat the winning campaigns as priority campaigns for two years or until the campaign aims have been achieved, whichever is the soonest.

Campaign Vote – Minimum voting threshold

For a Campaign Vote to be valid, an individual idea must receive a minimum of 200 winning votes. A maximum of 2 ideas can be passed during each voting period. The winning campaigns are those with the most votes.

All Student Policy Vote

If a policy idea is passed by Student Voice, it will be sent to an All Student Policy Vote where the student body will decide whether it should become RUSU Policy. Unlimited number of policy ideas can go to an All Student Policy Vote at the same time.

All Student Vote on a policy idea will be conducted by a cross-campus ballot. When voting, voters can vote either for, against or abstain for each policy idea.

RUSU will adopt any passed policy ideas for two years, after which the policy expires. If a student wishes to renew a policy after it expires, then they must submit an idea to renew the policy via the usual Change It process.

Policy Vote – Minimum voting threshold

For a Policy Vote to pass, it must receive a minimum of 200 ‘for’ votes and more students must vote ‘for’ the policy than ‘against’ it.

An unlimited number of policies can pass in each round.

All current students at the University of Reading should be able to vote in Change It! If you're having problems voting, please email changeit@rusu.co.uk.