I’ve got a strong opinion about the referendum - how do I get involved?
We will be holding a briefing session to provide more information about the referendum process and to form the official ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Abstain’ campaign teams:
- 23rd October 2023 6pm Guild Council Chambers
These teams will have a budget of £50, will receive 5 metres of banner materials and be sanctioned by the Guild as the official recognised teams. The recognised team will also be able to submit a Referendum Case to be displayed on the voting website.
If you are unable to attend the briefing but would like to be involved in the ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Abstain’ teams you can sign-up online.
What is the timeline for the Referendum?
Here are the key dates over the next few weeks:
- Referendum declared – 18th October 2023
- Campaign Briefing – 23rd October 2023 6pm Guild Council Chambers
- Deadline for Campaign Team Leaders – 25th October 4pm
- Deadline for Campaign Teams to submit their cases – 27th October 12pm
- Voting – 30th October 10am to 3rd November 4pm
- Results – 6th November
When can I vote?
Voting will be open from Monday 30th October at 10am to Friday 3rd November at 4pm, via the Guild website. The All Student Vote will be running alongside the referendum so you’ll be able to vote for any Ideas or Policy at the same time.
Who can vote?
Any full member of the Guild can vote on the Referendum question. If you’re a fully registered student at the University of Birmingham, you’re automatically a member of the Guild - unless you’ve chosen to opt out.
How many people have to vote?
Quorum for all Referenda referring to governance changes shall be either 5% of the Full Membership or two thousand Full Members, whichever is the greater. As outlined in the Guild of Students’ Bye-Laws, 2.3.5
For this Referendum, the quorum is 2,056 students.
What if I want to Abstain?
If you don’t want to cast a vote for the “For” or “Against” case you can abstain. This means that for personal reasons or due to a conflict of interest, you do not feel able to cast a “yes (for)” or “no (against)” the motion in question. A vote to abstain simply means you are contributing towards quoracy.
What stance has the Guild taken in the past?
In 2021 a referendum was conducted on a similar question. The referendum showed strong support for UCU. Since then the Guild has supported UCU industrial action, providing spaces in the Guild on strike days and lobbying the University.
In addition to the 2021 referendum, last year the student body backed supporting the UCU Postgraduate Researchers as Staff Manifesto as well as renewing the Trade Unions Belief and Commitment. These taken together informed the Guild’s continued support for UCU through the 2022/23 academic year.