Cambridge SU's policy is set by Student Council, or in exceptional circumstances, by a referendum of the student body. 

How does Policy work?

Policy sets out the principles by which Cambridge SU conducts itself and its campaigns, and mandates the Executive to carry out specific actions. The sabbatical and part-time officers are bound by policy, and held to account for its delivery by Student Council. Once policy is passed, it is valid for three years unless it is renewed.


Creating Policy

The usual route is by a vote of Student Council on policies proposed by students at regular meetings. Information on how to put together a motion to create policy is show below or you can get in touch with the Democracy team at Cambridge SU who can provide impartial help. 



If there is something you'd like to see Cambridge SU do, or a stance on an issue you'd like to see Cambridge SU take, you can do this by taking a motion to Student Council. If the motion passes, this will mandate Cambridge SU as an organisation to follow that stance or take actions towards the issue raised. 

Any student can propose motions to Student Council even if you aren’t a voting member;

To submit your motion, you should send it to and before the advertised deadline.


emergency motions

These must involve an emergency issue, and can be submitted anytime before the relevant council meeting. The substance of the motion should have arisen after the deadline for Ordinary motions, and the Student Council chair can refuse to accept the motion if they feel that this is not the case.



Can be submitted orally during the Student Council meeting itself. Guidance on how to use these will be available here soon.



Amendments to motions must be submitted in writing to the Chair of Council before the motion is discussed – if amendments are not in accordance with this procedure then they should not be discussed.

This is designed to ensure that members will have sufficient time to think about amendments before voting – it also speeds up the procedure of the debate.

Amendments to motions are discussed straight after the proposing speech, before the main discussion of the motion itself. This allows for the amendments to be debated within the right context, and for the substantial part of the debate be held over the possibly amended version.

If the amendment to the motion concerns a minor change to the motion’s text, for example to correct spelling, grammar or to clarify an awkward phrase, these amendments can be made orally during the debate and accepted at the discretion of the Chair.