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. 

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    Monitoring the Prevent Agenda at UWS - POLICY LAPSE

      Voice Notes: 1. The UK government’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a statutory requirement on public bodies and ‘specified authorities’ – including universities – to ’prevent people being drawn into terrorism’ and to implement the ‘Prevent’ agenda. 2. The Act poses a number of measures that were built upon decades of previous ‘anti-extremism’ legislation that has served to legitimise mass surveillance and erode the civil liberties of people in the UK. 3. The Scottish duty on Prevent is slightly different to that of the rest of the UK but still cause for concern. 4. Under Prevent, lecturers across the UK have been known to report students as being ‘at risk of radicalisation’ for merely taking an interest in political affairs in class, or for observing their religion more closely, whilst politically active students have found themselves visited by counter-terrorism officers. 5. The National Union of Students (NUS) has policy opposing the Act and Prevent. 6. As a Charity, we as an Association are not legally bound to engage with Prevent. Voice Resolves: 1. For SAUWS to use a position on the ‘UWS Prevent group’ to monitor and challenge, when appropriate, the implementation of Prevent agenda at UWS. 2. To seek out campus Trade Unions’ stance on Prevent and work with them, where appropriate. 3. For SAUWS officers and staff not to be included in any training on the Prevent agenda, which is not in line with the believes held by the Association. 4. To lobby the university to be open and transparent about how they are engaging with Prevent and other similar initiatives. This involves demanding the publication of how the policy is operating within the university and access to materials used to train staff and students. 5. Calling for UWS to hold consultations with the student body regarding how the implementation is affecting students.

      Why you think it is important

      Voice Believes: 1. The Government’s counter-terrorism/security policy is fundamentally flawed in its approach; its operant concepts of ‘extremism’ and ‘radicalism’ are ill-defined and open to abuse for political ends. 2. Islamophobia is massively on the rise across Europe, is state-sponsored and legitimised by the mainstream media. 3. The government’s identified ‘warning signs’ of “radicalisation” problematise and renders suspect towards those with mental health difficulties. 4. That the Act could serve to isolate many students who already feel that the only avenue through which the Government will engage them is ‘anti-radicalisation’ initiatives, resulting in further alienation and disaffection. 5. The Act further criminalises Muslims and Black people, and comes amidst a campaign of fear and demonisation from the government. 6. The Act discourages free expression and analysis of ideas. Academics, as well as anyone in a public sector job, should not have to be part of this surveillance. 7. We fundamentally believe that universities and colleges are places for education, not surveillance 8. The implementation of the Prevent Strategy on campus may not only isolate Muslim and disabled students but undermine the civil liberties of other groups such as environmental, political and humanitarian activists.

      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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