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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    The Fight Until We Are Fee Free - POLICY LAPSE

      Voice Notes: 1. Universities across the UK have begun announcing fee increases from £9000 to £9250 in 2017 for RUK (Rest of UK) students. 2. The University of Edinburgh is one of these universities. 3. EUSA* and NUS Scotland have come out publicly condemning this move. 4. Fee increases in England are linked to the TEF, but will led to a sector norm across all of the UK. 5. International students already pay high fees to attend UWS. 6. SAUWS already holds free education policy but it does not set out any policy stances on the rising of fees until they are scrapped completely. Voice Resolves: 1. For SAUWS to fight any rises to fees for all fee paying students. 2. Publicly support other student associations/unions’ in campaigns against fee rises. 3. Continue to work with NUS on campaigns which are in relation to the fees being charged to students. 4. For the SAUWS Executive to discuss sending a delegation to the NUS United for Education demo on the 19th November. * Edinburgh University Students' Association

      Why you think it is important

      Voice Believes: 1. Increases to fees are linked to a market driven approach to education which we fiercely oppose. 2. The poorest and most marginalised students are the worst hit by fee rises. 3. These students are more likely to be debt aware and decide against accessing university, especially following the scrapping of Education Maintenance Grants in England and Wales. 4. UWS is a widening access university and any rises to fees at UWS is in complete contradiction to this.

      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.
    No comments have been made.



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