Guide to Motions

What is a motion?

You may have a fantastic idea about improving the way Union of Kingston Students works, or perhaps there is something that really irritates you.  If you want to bring about change in your Union, you can write a motion and propose it to be adopted as policy. Any student is welcome to submit a policy to the Annual General Meeting. Our policies are made democratically and are reconsidered every 3 years.  See our existing policies here.

An example motion

Motion to the Union Council: A Love Affair with Cheese.

Proposer: John Cheese, Engineering

Seconder: Wayne Wensleydale, History

This Union notes:

1. There are over 400 varieties of British cheese.

2. It takes approximately 10 litres of milk to produce 1kg of cheddar cheese.

This Union believes:

1. Cheese tastes delicious.

2. Cheese is versatile

3. Cheese is one of nature’s most complete foods.

This Union resolves:

1. To sell more cheese sandwiches, cheese burgers, cheese omelettes in Union outlets.

2. To play more cheesy music in all of our bars.

How to submit a motion

The deadline to submit a motion is the the 21st January 2019. 

Emergency Motions may be submitted after this deadline and debated however this is at the discretion of the chair.  These motions are usually when events take place after the deadline date which warrant discussion at the AGM. Any emergency motions need to be submitted to 

Any motion that is submitted must have a person to second the motion, otherwise know as a ‘seconder’. The motion must not exceed 250 words. 

No motion submitted cannot follow a course of action that works against the aims and objectives of the Union.  You can Download a motion submission form here.

If you would like any further guidance, please feel welcome to contact us at

When will the motions be published? 

Motions will be published on the main AGM page on the 21st January 2019.

How will the order of the motions to be debated be decided? 

The order will be decided at random by the Chair of the AGM ahead of the meeting 

How to make an amendment to a motion

Once the AGM motions are published, you have an oppotunity to submit any amendments. To make an amendment to any of the motions, you will need to complete this form and send it to Deadline for motion amendments is the 23rd January at 1pm. No amendments can be made after this time or at the AGM.