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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    11 voters

    Designated Smoking Areas

      I think it would be beneficial to all students campus wide if the university had designated smoking areas for students to use.

      Why you think it is important

      Currently the campus operates a no smoking policy on campus which is failing in two ways. Firstly an abundance of students do not abide by this policy and continue to smoke on campus. Secondly if a student is abiding by the current policy they typically smoke at the campus boundaries. This is problematic as it causes an influx of littering of cigarette ends at all locations, and further to this any student walking past said smoking students (abiding by the policy or not) are subjected to a vast amount of second hand smoke which has extreme adverse effects on student health.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      As a former smoker I completely sympathise with people who chose to smoke, and I think this issue must be handled with care as smoking is a form of addiction, so smokers cannot simply be persecuted for their actions - (when following policies). If there was a designated area for smokers to go it would hopefully confine said smoking to one location, which would also limit littering of cigarettes across the campus. Further to this the only people who would be harmed by this smoke would the be individuals who decide to partake in smoking.
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