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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    6 voters

    Increase visibility of the Scots Language

      Have Scots signage in the Union and the University

      Why you think it is important

      Scots is one of Scotland’s languages, and I feel that it is only right that there is Scots signage etc. in the Union and the University. There’s already Scots words which are used as names within the uni (The Neuk, The Crannie, etc.), but there’s a lack of any other kind of Scots signage. There’s approximately 1.5 million Scots speakers according to the 2011 Census.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      As a Scots speaker, I would love to see Scots signage in the union and the uni. I'm sure others would like to see more Scots signage as well. The library has some books describing Scots and the features of the language (Colin L. Wilson's Scots Language Learner, David Purves's A Scots Grammar, Billy Kay's The Mither Tongue)
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