Policies

Policies are the documents that set out the Guild's position on certain subjects. These can be suggested by students through the Change It system, or can be proposed by Officers and Guild staff. All policies will be signed off by our Board of Trustees.

The below list contains some Guild policies but is not currently exhaustive. We are seeking to list all student-facing policies here and additional policies will be added as they are adopted.

List of Policies

Policy Date of Adoption Date of Review
Bus Policy 3rd September 2015 September 2018
Drugs Policy 3rd December 2015 December 2018
Ethical Investment Policy 5th May 2016 May 2019
Entry Policy (Licenced Premises) 28th July 2016 July 2019
Equality and Diversity Policy 5th May 2016 May 2019
Safe Taxis Policy 17th March 2016 March 2019
Search Policy 28th July 2016 July 2019
Student Media Policy 17th March 2016 March 2019
Sustainability Policy 26th October 2017 October 2020
Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Policy 11th December 2014 December 2017

Guild Summit

Guild Summit 28th April 2015 Requested additional information
  29th October 2015 Adopted
Board of Trustees 5th November 2016 Adopted

 

On Campus space with places to stay over for Off Site students who travel in daily. A lot of these have no choice to stay off campus and transport is relied upon. To have a place they can stay in transport is let down or bad weather stops returning. A small cost could be paid as I believe the campus had a "Buddy Bedding" system, for friends to stay over if required. Some students are having to travel in for 9am lectures coming as far as Southport and Ormskirk. It can also be a safety thing if women travelling late, as price of hostels going up and too expensive also for a Taxi. Thank You.

Guild Summit 26th November 2015 Endorsed with amendments (inquorate Summit)
  3rd March 2016 Endorsed with amendments (inquorate Summit)
  28th April 2016 Endorsed with amendments (inquorate Summit)
Board of Trustees 5th May 2016 Adopted

 

Having been at this university for four years i have met some fantastic student athletes who all love to represent the University of Liverpool across the country and perform to the highest standard possible whilst wearing the Liverpool colours. However students i have spoken to all share the same grievances about the cost of joining the gym at the start of the year. A student pays £208 yearly for gym membership with an extra £35 added on top of that for AU membership. While i realise the maintenance of a gym and a sports ground is not cheap I do feel that after having paid £9000 a year to get my undergraduate degree some money from that can definitely be funnelled into funding university sports and making gym membership just that little bit cheaper. £208 may not seem like a huge sum of money however when we compare this yearly cost to Newcastle's £110, Durham's £120 UCL's £160 and Manchester's £165. We can see that other big university's offer gym prices much cheaper. I've heard the university no longer finds sports development, perhaps they should reconsider that decision and stop forcing students to bear the brunt of the cost. University is all about trying new things and one of the best ways to get involved is through sport it would be a shame to exclude someone just because they can't afford it.

Summit made further suggestions to improve the gym and AU offering such as:

• Two together discounts

• AU membership at a flat rate so as to lessen the financial impact on students who join multiple sports teams

• Membership payment instalment in line with student loan payments.

• 24 hour gym opening

• Gym provision in University Managed halls to improve overcrowding issue.

Summit members alerted us to the following issues regarding gym and AU membership:

• University should not encourage student to join before they arrive as they are not aware on local alternatives

• AU members should not be required to pay for entry in order to represent the university in fixtures.

 

On Campus space with places to stay over for Off Site students who travel in daily. A lot of these have no choice to stay off campus and transport is relied upon. To have a place they can stay in transport is let down or bad weather stops returning. A small cost could be paid as I believe the campus had a "Buddy Bedding" system, for friends to stay over if required. Some students are having to travel in for 9am lectures coming as far as Southport and Ormskirk. It can also be a safety thing if women travelling late, as price of hostels going up and too expensive also for a Taxi. Thank You.

Guild Summit 30th October 2014 Rejected (inquorate Summit)
  27th November 2014 Amended (inquorate Summit)
  26th February 2015 Rejected
Preferendum 13th November 2015 Adopted
Board of Trustees 3rd December 2015 Adopted

 

MOTION: for the Liverpool Guild of Students to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

1. Advocate divestment from:

a. companies that are complicit in the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. (i.e. companies that provide support, financial aid, or weaponry to the occupation, companies that facilitate the various ‘pillars’ of occupation such as the Wall, settlements and demolition of homes, companies that operate on occupied land, including In settlements);

b. Companies complicit in the siege on Gaza;

c. Companies complicit in the discrimination against Palestinians living within the state of Israel until their involvement in the above ceases.

2. Mandate Liverpool Guild of Students to Lobby the University to divest from companies complicit in the above 1. a), b) and c).

3. Stop the Guild of students from stocking products from Israel and Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

4. Release a public statement of support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as a tool of support and solidarity to Palestinians facing on-going displacement, repression, oppression, discrimination and violence.

Guild Summit 28th April 2015 Requested additional information
  29th October 2015 Adopted
Board of Trustees 5th November 2015 Adopted

 

We should declare University of Liverpool a frack free zone and that the University should not get involved financially with fracking companies. if research is needed on the effects of fracking then places that have already been fracked and are showing contamination already such as Barton Moss in Manchester should be researched and exposed. We need to promote a green, clean future.

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Summit endorsed the idea but specifically to lobby the University to remove any financial investments in fracking and invest in renewable energy. They did not, however, oppose any research currently being done in fracking at the University and felt that if it would affect education and jobs it should continue. Summit was also keen to see the campaign for fossil fuel divestment link up with the fracking campaign.

Guild Summit 29th October 2015 Adopted
Board of Trustees 5th November 2015 Adopted

In line with SOS - Students Organizing for Sustainability as part of the NUS climate action for COP21 Paris and as part of the increasingly successful and growing Fossil Free global divestment movement from the fossil fuel industry our campaign group Fossil Free Liverpool University with support of national student activist network People & Planet is calling on the university to withdraw its commercial support of the Fossil Fuel industry.

In short, we call on the University of Liverpool to:

•Freeze new investments in fossil fuel companies

•Divest all fossil fuel investments within 5 years

•Reinvest capital into clean and renewable energies

Our specific actions and demands will be finalized in the near future after consultations with the student body, staff, the Guild, external sustainability groups and other independent advisers.

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Summit supported the idea but agreed that throughout the campaigning activity there should be particular emphasis on educating students including around the financial implications of the divestment. Summit also consented to asking the Guild to generally lobby the University for a reduction in carbon emissions and investing in resources such as bike provisions.

Guild Summit 26th February 2015 Not discussed
  28th April 2015 Requested additional information
  29th October 2015 Adopted
Board of Trustees 5th November 2016 Adopted

 

The UOL guild of students should engage in protests of our own regarding cuts to government spending as well as tuition fee increases.

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Summit supported the idea to campaign against cuts and for free education- this included lobbying the Government for free education and lobbying the University not to charge the maximum allowed and reduce their tuition fees. Summit also asked the Guild to go away and do some work around the maintenance grant and funding for outreach students. 

Guild Summit 29th October 2015 Adopted
Board of Trustees 5th November 2015 Adopted

 

I feel it is unfair that students aren't provided with parking options like staff are at the University as there is many of us that travel in every day too. I struggle to find a nearby parking area that I can park in all day for a reasonable price that sits within my student budget. It makes my days more difficult worrying about travel every day and to get to university on top of all the university stress anyway.

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Summit endorsed the idea but also asked that student parking be reserved for students who need it more such as placement students. Summit also wanted the Guild to look into cheaper bus passes as well as bike facilities.