How does it work?

How does Change It work?

This is what happens to an idea after you submit it;

* Once a term, students vote on campaigns and policies in a cross-campus ballot. All students can vote for what idea(s) they want to win.

In the campaign vote, ideas compete against each other. The two most popular ideas win, as long as they get over 200 votes.

In the policy vote, you vote 'for' or 'against' each idea. More people need to vote 'for' than 'against' the idea, and at least 200 people need to vote 'for' it. Any idea that achieves both those things will win – so there's no limit to how many policies could pass.

  1. You share an idea online
  2. Idea goes to Ideas Feasibility Group (IFG)

    IFG can make changes to the grammar or spelling of an idea to improve the clarity, but can’t amend the aim of the idea.

  3. IFG send the idea in one of six directions: Action, Campaign, Policy, Research, Reject, or Referendum

    IFG’s decisions are sent to Trustee Board for comment.

    Actions will be completed over the next term. If incomplete, they will be sent back to IFG.

    Ideas that need to be researched will be reconsidered by IFG once further research is done.

    Big ideas might be put to a referendum; this skips Student Voice, but over 1,000 students must vote.

    Sometimes, we might not be able to take an idea on – it might already have come through Change It recently, or it might go against charity law.

  4. Campaign and Policy ideas go to Student Voice

    Student Voice will vote to pass or reject campaign and policy ideas. Student Voice may also amend ideas.

  5. Ideas that pass at Student Voice go to an All Student Vote

    Once a term, students vote on campaigns and policies in a cross-campus ballot. All students can vote for what idea(s) they want to win.

    In the campaign vote, ideas compete against each other. The two most popular ideas win, as long as they get over 200 votes.

    In the policy vote, you vote 'for' or 'against' each idea. More people need to vote 'for' than 'against' the idea, and at least 200 people need to vote 'for' it. Any idea that achieves both those things will win – so there's no limit to how many policies could pass.

  6. If it wins at All Student Vote, your idea will become a RUSU Campaign or Policy for two years, or until it’s been achieved.

    After two years, they’ll expire – but you can resubmit them to Change It! if you think they should be carried on.

  7. Officers report back to Student Voice about their progress towards successful Change It! ideas

    Any student can come to Student Voice to find out what’s happening with Change It! ideas and ask any questions to RUSU’s Full-time Officers. If you’re not happy with progress, you can say so!

If you want more information about all the processes that go on to make this happen, take a look at:

  • Student Voice Training Manual

    This is given to Student Voice Members at training, and contains all the information you should know about Change It! and Student Voice in an easy-to-read format.

  • Student Voice Guidelines

    This is a comprehensive document which details all the technical information and guidelines about the process.

Still got questions? Send us an email at changeit@rusu.co.uk – we’d love to hear from you!