Name of proposer:
Should the Union participate in the NUS Student Walkout?
What the idea is about:
The government has shelved the Higher Education White Paper. Arguing that this will make things even worse for students and the university system in England, the NUS have called for a national student walk-out this term.
Students at Leeds University have stated they are against 9k fees, and last year LUU played an active role in trying to prevent their implementation. The Student Executive are putting it to you the student body to decide whether or not a walk-out is a useful action we should organise here at Leeds.
Why have you proposed it?:
Walking out of university in protest to the government could be a successful way of continuing to argue for change to the dire situation HE has currently been left in. Or it could be protesting to the wrong people – with negative implications for students at Leeds. The Student Executive recognises this is a controversial tactic about a critical issue, and want to put it you the student body to directly make the decision as to whether we should participate.
This idea is going to referendum
After being debated at the Better Uni forum, the student panel voted on this idea 6:9 (yes:no).
As a 75% majority was not reached, this idea was considered contentious and went to a campus-wide referendum.
Voting on this idea did not reach the quorum of 1500, so this idea falls.