Referendum

A referendum is a vote of all students at Salford and can be used to determine the policy of the Union. A referendum can be called by 1% of students signing a petition or a simple majority of the unions trustee board

For a referendum to be initiated 1% of union members must sign a petition, currently this is approximately 190 students. You can submit a petition online on the Big Ideas page

On receipt of a valid petition an online vote of all members is initiated. 

A referendum can be called on any issue, however there are slightly different requirements for voter turnout depending on what the referendum aims to do. 

A referendum to set Union policy

This requires a simple majority providing 4.5% of students vote. Currently this is approximately 855 students. 

A referendum may override policy set in a general meeting or by Union Council

A referendum to remove a Sabbatical Officer or trustee

This requires a simple majority providing 4.5% of students vote. Currently this is approximately 855 students

Amendment to the constitution

This requires a 75% majority providing 2.5% of students vote. Currently this is approximately 475 students.

All numbers given for turnout are an approximation and the exact values can change yearly depending how many students are registered.