Student Council

Student Council sets Student Union polices – these policies determine the work of the union such as mandating Sabbatical Officers to campaign on a particular issue, or setting new rules for the Students’ Union. Any UWS student can submit a policy idea and invite comments or suggest edits and then student reps have full voting rights and will debate this at student council. This year Student Council will be held virtually on Zoom.

Student Council is chaired by the Union Chair, who has been elected to hold the Sabbatical Officers to account. The Union Chair for academic year 2020/2021 is David Laffan.

If you are interested in submitting a policy you can do so below.. Policies are debated at student council in order of popularity to make sure the issues of most interest to students are always heard - so if you suggest an idea encourage your fellow students to come online and vote for them!

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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The List below are the policies which are set to be discussed by the Student Council. 

Policy Idea

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    12 voters

    Helping students with visible/invisble disabilities and illness

      Campaign to bring flexible furniture for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues to UWS and SAUWS spaces. As well as asking for an overview of seating available at all campuses but in particular Lanarkshire campus, whilst there are many beanbags/hammocks/swivel chairs with bag storage/high seats and groupwork booths and benches- many of these I don't believe would be suitable for students with mobility issues- obtaining an alternative may be embarrassing/ time consuming, if an alternative is even available? Lastly campaign for UWS and SAUWS to purchase, have available and raise awareness of the hidden disabilities/illness lanyard (sunflower lanyard), for those who identify as having a hidden illness which will raise awareness to hidden disabilities between staff and students at UWS.

      Why you think it is important

      I think it is important as to my knowledge across all campuses there is a lack of provision for flexible tables that can comfortably accommodate a wheelchair user, for example with cut outs to fit around a chair and height adjust to suit the user. I think as a minimum there should be 2 tables of this type in each canteen space/ union space/ learning space. No one should have to sit uncomfortably because they are restricted to a wheelchair. There should be a bank of regular chairs available- not just those on wheels or that look fancy. There is also a lack of awareness of on campus around all disabilities.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      This will be relevant not just to our current student group but also to future students.
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