FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

My Idea has gone to a Union Zone, what does that mean?

This means that your idea will need to be approved by our Athletic Union, Media, Societies, RAG or VIP in order to progress. This means that the subject of your idea falls into the remit of one of our executive committees. Your idea will be discussed there and voted on as per the constitution of the Zone.

My idea failed, can I resubmit it?

Unfortunately, you cannot repeat an idea. However, if a Student submits a similar idea, you can give your support to that one.

What if I want to discuss my idea?

You’re in luck! You can call a debate and The Union will support you with the preparation for the debate. Just email haveyoursay@upsu.net and we will be happy to help.

What is UAB?

Simply, UAB is the Union Actioning Body. They are a of group of 22 elected representatives that act as a decision making body for the Union and are advised by the Sabbatical Officer team. Each UAB member is elected to represent a particular demographic of students and make sure that decisions made for the Union are in the best interest of all students, not just the most vocal!

What happens if I don’t get enough people to back my idea?

Each idea will remain live until the end of the 28 calendar day period. Once this has elapsed and there are not enough backers the idea closes.

What help is there to help me promote my online idea?

At the backer stage the idea submitter is responsible for sharing and encouraging others to back their idea. This can be shared via a ‘share button’ at this first stage, or by using the direct link. If your idea receives the minimum number of backers (15 students) it may need to be agreed or disagreed upon later on. At this stage the Union will help promote the most popular ideas.

What is an idea champion?

An idea champion is someone within the UAB, member or advisor who has been actioned the responsibility of taking an idea forward. Once an action reaches UAB the responsibility for all to update on it is with the idea champion. Each page will have who is championing the idea on it, as well as a link to click for their contact details.

How will I know if my idea has passed?

You will be sent an email each time your idea is updated. This means that you will be updated when the Idea reaches our threshold to be sent to UAB. This will then mean that your idea has passed.

How will I find out who is supporting my idea and it’s progress?

You will receive a notification by email if and when your idea progresses. This is once it has received enough backers. Your idea page will house updates as to who is helping achieve your idea. It will show you what they have been doing to progress your idea, as well as their contact information.

What if I don’t have time to support my idea?

Don’t worry! Your idea will have a Champion from UAB who will be tasked with seeing the idea through to it’s conclusion. Usually this means the person has taken your idea to the University and the University has made a decision.

However if anything cannot be completed regarding the idea there will be an update explaining where the idea went and why we were unable to complete it.

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