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Students' Union Policy

Through decisions made by students, we have a number of policies that impact on the way we run as a Union of Students! Our policies are here to ensure that the values which students feel are important, such as the environment, equal rights, and education funding, are reflected all the way through the SU.

Here you will find current Students’ Union Policy which has been established by Referenda or Students’ Union Council. These policies remain valid until the first Students’ Union Council meeting in the third academic year after it has been adopted.

Policy Proposals

When a student wants to propose a new policy idea before it can go to Students' Union Council for a decision it must be available for all students to view and consider for 10 days! You can view any new Policy Proposals being discussed here.  If you would like to propose any SU Policy ideas, amendments to current Policies or just want to get in touch with further questions please email us on

Policy Due For Review

When a policy is due to be renewed, Student Executive Committee (your 8 Officers) are required to review the policies and recommend to Students’ Union Council that they should be either renewed without amendment for up to three years, amended or allowed to lapse. Amendments to policy can be agreed by referendum or by Council, but in either case the proposed policy change has to published on the Students’ Union website and circulated to members of Council in advance, so that students are given the opportunity to comment and submit alternative proposals.

Officer responsibilities

Officers are required to allocate responsibilities for each current Students’ Union policy and prepare proposals for action to be taken in support of the policy, which shall be submitted for approval to the first meeting of Council and then to report on action taken at later meetings. If you are interested in getting involved with a particular Policy email us for more information at Funding is also available for students who want to take action in support of an SU Policy.

List of Current Policies

1. Fund Education Not War

2. Environmental Sustainability

3. Nestle (Ethical Policy)

4. Education: Free, Fair and Funded

5. Anti-Racism/discrimination/hate crime

6. International Fees

7.  Postgraduate Students Policy

8. Gender Quotas for NUS Delegate Elections

9.  Bottled Water

10. Widening Participation

11. Equal Access for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

12. Postgraduates Who Teach

13. Scrap Continuation Fees

14. Support Nicaraguan Twinning with Sheffield University

15. Trans*

16. Sex Work

17. Sweatshop Free – Electronics

18. Quality Doesn't Grow on Fees

19. Housing Manifesto 

20. Pro-Choice Union

21. Sheffield SU Loves Trade Unionism

22. Wellbeing Wednesdays

23. Don't Sell the Sun

​24. Urgent Action on the Mental Health Crisis

25. NUS Delegate Accountability Policy

26. Support arrested Student Protestors

27. End Israeli Occupation

28. Embedding Liberation in our Union

29.  Child Friendly

30. Twinning with the Islamic University of Gaza

31.  Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment

32. Internationalisation

33. Companies Involved in Animal Testing

34. Food Policy

35.  Library Policy

36. Accessibility on Campus

37. Ten-to-One Pay Ratio

38. Barclays (Ethical Policy)

39. Support Sheffield Students at Risk of Detention and Deportation

40. Affiliation to Action for Trans Health

41. Providing Sexual Health Resources

42. Disability in Your SU

43. Pride in Sport

44. Partnership with Autism Centre for Supported Employment

45. Raising Student Bursary

46. End Period Poverty

47. Oppose the Marketisation of Higher Education

48. Standing with Jewish Students 

49. Drug Harm Reduction

50. Lecture Transcripts for International Students

51. Supporting Clean Energy