Writing a motion

Student council is BBKSU's largest decision making committee where elected officers and reps come together to discuss and vote on how the Union should direct its efforts. However, you don't have to be elected to submit policy for consideration at Council; any member of BBKSU can submit items for the Council agenda by writing a motion which will then be heard and voted on at the next opportunity*.


Download the BBKSU Model Motion


A motion is a formal proposal that outlines your subject, how it is relevant to student interests (within the SU, on campus, in the wider world and/or politically), and how BBKSU should respond. From the model you'll see that motions are comprised of:


- A Title (make it snappy)

- A named Proposer (a current member of BBKSU)

- A named Seconder (if you cannot find a second member to support your motion you can still submit it, however it will not be heard at council unless a member there is willing to second it).

- This Council Believes section (this is where you outline the topic of your motion)

- This Council Further Believes section (this is optional, however this is where you may want to outline how the issue is relevant to students at Birkbeck and/or our interests or to introduce the actions you intend to propose).

- This Council Resolves section (this is the most "important" section, as it's the actions you propose are the element that Council are voting on. If agreed, the resolves will become SU policy to be interpreted by our committees and working groups).


And that's all there is to it. If you have any questions, or would like some support writing your motions, contact our Student Voice Coordinator at c.morgan@bbk.ac.uk


*In some rare circumstances a motion will be deemed unsuitable for Council - for example if it breaches current SU Policy - or may be passed by a different decision making body if appropriate, e.g.: the SU Executive Committee. Motions will be added to the agenda of the next meeting of council, however motions that are not heard before the meeting's guillotine will be rolled to the following meeting.