Constitution Referendum Results

Over the past three days, 1004 students voted on the proposal for the Students' Union to adopt a new constitution. Here are the results.

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Over the past three days, we’ve been asking all students at Royal Holloway to have their say on the outcome of our recent Democracy Review – a piece of work undertaken over the past 12 months to help us put students at the heart of everything we do. Led by the Sabbatical Officers with the help of an independent consultant, this process involved a huge amount of consultation and engagement, with surveys, interviews and focus groups helping us develop a wide range of proposed changes.

In total 1004 students voted in the referendum on whether to accept or reject these proposals, in the form of a new constitution for the Students’ Union. A total of 525 students were needed to reach the threshold to make this decision legitimate (in posh language this is known as a quorum). The result has been certified by the Union’s Deputy Returning Officer as the following:

  • 862 for the proposed changes
  • 142 against the proposed changes

We’re delighted to say that this means students have supported the outcome of the Democracy Review, and the Union will now take the proposals for final confirmation at its Trustee Board meeting at the end of June. In addition to this, we also need approval from both the College’s governing body (known as College Council) and the Charity Commission in August.

All this means the changes will be ready for the start of the Autumn Term in September – and we’ll be launching a new area of the website to communicate this and help you understand how you can get involved to shape the work of your Students’ Union. Thank you to everyone involved in the process at all levels.