St John's JCR is proudly democratic.
Decisions, including significant budget allocations, JCR beliefs, and JCR processes must be passed in a JCR Meeting with at least 25 people present. Any member of the JCR can ask questions to those proposing changes, and vote by secret ballot can be requested.
Events and procedures are entrusted to student Officials. Officer roles, after Hustings take place, are elected by online vote, and Rep roles are elected in JCR General Meetings made accessible to all. JCR members can hold Officials to account at meetings, and can bring a No Confidence Motion if they are unsatisfied with an Official’s conduct.
You can learn more about the JCR by reading the Constitution.
There are usually 4 of these a term, lasting around an hour. Have a read: A Guide to St John’s JCR Meetings.
What happens at them? The Meetings are a chance for Officers to give reports on their work since the last meeting. Vacant Rep roles are then made open for anyone wishing to run. Items for Discussion, which can be put forward by any JCR member are then discussed. Motions sent to the Secretary are then put to the Meeting, with votes on each motion determining whether they pass or fail. Constitutional Motions have to be passed at one meeting and ratified at the next.
What’s a motion? JCR Motions can be written by any JCR member, and instruct the JCR how to act in relation to a specific issue. Most Motions are either Constitutional Motions, where the wording of our Constitution is changed, or a Financial Motion, where the JCR must allocate money to a specified group, cause, or budget. Much like Parliament, a JCR cannot bind a future JCR, so a Motion can undo any existing work of a JCR.
How is a motion discussed? When a Motion is put to the JCR Meeting, it is introduced by either its Proposer or its Seconder (every Motion needs two people in support initially). Anyone can then ask short factual questions to the Proposer. Once these are answered, Items for Discussion can be raised. Discussion ends either when all questions are answered, or any member present calls for a ‘Move to Vote’. If there is no objection to the Move to Vote, a simple In Favour/Against/Abstain vote is cast, with the highest of either In Favour (motion passes) or Against (motion fails) determining the vote’s outcome. A Constitutional Motion (anything that changes how the Constitution is written) must be passed again (ratified) at the next meeting.
Can I learn more? Yes! You can read our guide to JCR meetings here.
You can read the minutes of past meetings.