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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    Fighting against austerity, fighting for social justice and to defend and extend free education. - POLICY LAPSE

      Voice Notes 1. Free tuition for European and Scottish students has been debated time and time again. 2. Free Education allows people from the most vulnerable and least privileged backgrounds to access higher education and make sure education is solely based on the ability to learn not the ability to pay. 3. With harsh austerity in place higher education and free tuition could be at risk. 4. Most students from low income families can leave education with over 22,000 pounds of debt. 5. Countries such as Germany offers free education for everyone. 6. People on low income and from liberation backgrounds are less likely to apply and be accepted for postgrad courses The Student Voice Resolves 1. SAUWS will campaign for to defend and extend free education to as many groups in society as possible. 2. SAUWS should also campaign for social justice and against austerity.

      Why you think it is important

      Voice Believes 1. Austerity punishes the poorest and most vulnerable in our society and presents a huge risk to our education system. 2. With Education Maintenance Grants cut completely and with George Osborne asking departments to prepare for cuts from 20% to 40% there is a huge risk that fees may be introduced in Scotland. 3. Education should be based on the ability to learn not the ability to pay and should be available to everyone. 4. Higher Education should be funded through progressive taxation because it isn’t only benefiting the individual but in fact the whole of society.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      This is an old policy due to lapse. It can be renewed or allowed to lapse.
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