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. 

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ANY student can submit policy using the form below - your ideas don't need to be complicated! 

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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.

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    Right 2 Education Campaign - Policy Due To Lapse

      SAUWS Notes: 1. The Right to Education is a human right enshrined in Article 26 of the UN declaration of human rights. 2. The current situation in Palestine is one of military occupation resulting in severe movement restrictions for students and staff due to hundreds of Israeli army checkpoints, the apartheid wall, illegal settlements, areas of land completely closed to Palestinians and a network of Israeli-only roads. 3. The Right 2 Education (R2E) campaign, organised by students at BirZeit University in occupied Palestine, seeks to document research and raise awareness about the issues facing Palestinian students, teachers and the academic institutions under Israeli militant occupation and build an international movement in support of their rights. 4. That many other student associations across the UK are affiliated to the R2E campaign, as well as being “twinned” with Universities in Palestine. 5. That the president-elect plans to attend Palestine and also BirZeit University in the summer of 2013. 6. That very few students understand or know about the apartheid system being implemented within Palestine. SAUWS Resolves: 1. To participate within the parameters of charitable status and financial constraints in the annual Right 2 Education week (November) by organising events, as well as providing information and details of other events happening, in conjunction with R2E week/campaign. 2. To incorporate the Right 2 Education campaign into existing SAUWS campaigns and listed on the website under "Campaigns" as "Palestinian Right 2 Education campaign" . 3. Work with any Students who wish to do so to re-publish articles and reports from Palestinian, Israeli and International human rights organisations that centre on or cover the issue of education on the SAUWS website. 4. To look into the possibility of implementing a “twinning” policy with the student association of BirZeit University in the near future. 5. To put up a small gallery and informative area about; the situation in Palestine and what the R2E campaign seeks to do, in order to inform students of the issue.

      Why you think it is important

      SAUWS Believes: 1. All people should have the Right to Education and for that right to be meaningful education must be; Accessible, Available, Acceptable and Adaptable as articulated by the UN. 2. That education under military occupation as in the Palestinian case fails these conditions and that the Israeli military occupation due to the physical barriers listed above denies, impinges and infringes on the Palestinians' Right to Education. 3. The R2E campaign is a grassroots and student-led campaign with no resource- related preconditions on affiliation and there will be no detriment to SAUWS’s resources or associated risks by this affiliation. 4. UWS rightfully should pride itself on being an internationally engaged university and SAUWS therefore has a key role in helping the university promote equality, diversity, human rights and global justice. 5. In a globalised world those who are privileged enough to have their Right to Education should support the Right to Education in other parts of world and raise awareness of the denial of this Right in solidarity with student-initiated campaigns such the R2E campaign in Occupied Palestine.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      This policy is due to lapse. The policy can be renewed or allowed to lapse.
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