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!

Policy Idea

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    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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