Student Council is the decision making body of the Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland (SAUWS).  It is the forum for UWS students to voice their concerns and where they can make decisions about the direction of the Students’ Association and the University. 

Our policies shape the direction that the student's association take and can be about anything that concerns students. For example, current policy means SAUWS works together with UWS to work on things as varied as improving food offerings on campus to improving support for student entrepreneurs to lobbying for a library fine amnesty.  Policy also leads on more national areas - and means that SAUWS will always campaign against fee charges or fee interests for students. It might even be something small, such as the banning of Blurred Lines from being played in association spaces. 

If you would like to see how our Sabbatical Officers are making progress on previously passed policies you can click here!

ANY student can submit policy using the form below - your ideas don't need to be complicated! 

Once policies are submitted they will be put online here, and any student may comment or ask for clarification.

If you submit a policy suggestion you will be invited to student council to present it - but you don't have to. In your absence the Union Chair will read your submission - and then your elected student reps will vote on the policy.

So give us your ideas, and help us work for you!

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    Poppy Scotland Appeal - Policy Due to Lapse

      Council Notes: 1. For nearly 90 years Poppyscotland has been providing life-changing support for Scotland’s ex-Servicemen and women. 2. Servicemen and women are highly skilled professionals who, for a multitude of reasons often outwith their control, can find themselves in need of help when they leave the Armed Forces. This may come as a result of injury on the front line or as they adjust to civilian life after their military career is over. 3. Compared to their English and Welsh counterparts, veterans living in Scotland are: 10% more likely to become homeless; 8% more likely to suffer from mental health problems; 5% more likely to have financial problems; 5% more likely to have a criminal record; 3% more likely to suffer from alcohol problems. 4. During session 2011-12, Students Council passed policy to allow the Armed Forces to recruit on our campuses and in our Unions. 5. That the SAUWS recently published its Strategic Plan for 2011-2016 which includes the mission of contributing to and engaging with our local community. Council Resolves: 1. For the Board of Trustees to encourage the UWS and the SAUWS to allow Poppyscotland collection tins and box of poppies to be placed at the Cafes of each organisation’s campuses. 2. To mandate the SAUWS to raise funds and awareness for the Poppyscotland Appeal each year on each of our campuses.

      Why you think it is important

      Council Believes: 1. That the SAUWS already currently fundraise for other charities including Children In Need, World Aids Day and Cancer awareness. 2. That by getting involved in the Poppyscotland appeal we will be raising the profile of the UWS and the SAUWS to the wider communities at each of our campuses. 3. That during this year’s (2012) Poppy appeal there wasn’t much visibility of our students and staff wearing poppies.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      This is an old policy due to lapse. It can be renewed or allowed to lapse.
    David Laffan
    12:08pm on 7 Nov 18 I believe that if support continues for Poppy Scotland, Peace Pledge Union who provide white poppies should also be supported by SAUWS




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