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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    NUS UK - Students Support Scottish Democracy

      Students Support Scottish Democracy Context: In the time since the 2019 general election, the Prime Minister has indicated that his government will not grant the Scottish Parliament the powers to hold another referendum on Scottish Independence, stating both that the majority of people in Scotland do not want another poll on the subject and that the 2014 referendum’s results must be respected. Since 2014, there have been three general election and a Scottish parliamentary election, all of which have returned a majority of pro-independence representatives from Scotland to Westminster or to Holyrood, on manifestoes seeking a mandate to hold another referendum on Scottish independence. NUS Believes: That the Scottish Parliament is the main forum in which the interests of those living in Scotland are discussed and legislated on. That mandates won during a Scottish Parliamentary election, which uses a proportional voting system, have a right to be explored by the Scottish Government. That we, as one of Scotland’s largest democratic representative bodies and most respected voices in civic society, must always stand up for our democratic principles and cannot remain silent if the UK Government seeks to stymie the ability of the Scottish Parliament to carry out its mandates and represent its constituents. That, irrespective of our views on the question of whether or not Scotland should be independent, we assert definitively that there can be no question of the right of those who live in Scotland to have such a referendum if it is supported by a majority of the Scottish Parliament. That a mandate for such a referendum has existed since the previous Scottish Parliamentary election, we support the calls by the Scottish Parliament to hold a refunded during this parliamentary term on that basis and, if another mandate is won in any future parliamentary elections, will continue to support such a democratic exercise.

      Why you think it is important

      NUS is one of the largest democratic body in the UK. Raising the democratic issues around Scotland's right to self-determination will be a very important action.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      This is a ratifying motion for UWS Student Union to raise this at NUS UK conference
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