Voting and Results

Each term, students submit ideas for what RUSU should do. Campaign and Policy ideas are voted on in an All Student Vote. The Spring 2020 Change It vote was held between 10th to 14th February.


2 ideas competed as Campaign ideas. Up to two ideas can pass, if they achieve over 200 votes.

198 students voted in a single transferrable vote system. The results for each idea (in the first round of the election) were as follows;

  1. More pedestrian crossings around campus (141 votes)
  2. Safe cycling path to Northcourt (43 votes)

This means that no ideas passed as they did not reach the 200 vote threshold.


Any number of policies can pass each term. To pass, a policy needs over 200 votes ‘for’ the idea. There need to be more votes ‘for’ than ‘against’. One policy idea was voted on this term:

  1. RUSU to support the Global Climate Strikes

205 students voted on this idea. There were 171 votes ‘for’ and 29 votes ‘against’, with 5 abstentions. The policy was therefore not passed as it did not meet the 200 votes threshold.

Don't forget to suggest your own ideas at Change It!

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