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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      Voice Notes: 1. The UK government has introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) as a means of measuring the quality of education at Universities across the UK 2. That in Scotland, we have the Quality Enhancement framework (QEF), governed by an independent body (Quality Assurance Agency Scotland) to ensure quality of education at Scottish Universities 3. That as of October 2016, UWS has no official position on adopting TEF at the university 4. That in England and Wales, TEF ratings will allow institutions to raise tuition fees 5. One of the metrics of TEF is ‘non-continuation rates’ which measures the retention rates of universities. 6. UWS has had a historical problem with retention of students Voice Resolves: 1. That the Association is vocal in their opposition to TEF. 2. The Sabbatical Officers lobby the University’s Principal and senior management team not to adopt TEF at UWS 3. That the Association works with the NUS in Scotland and the UK to prevent TEF from being rolled out in the Scottish HE sector.

      Why you think it is important

      Voice Believes: 1. Scotland has traditionally been much better at quality enhancement than the rest of the UK. 2. That some of the metrics that are used to measure quality of education are inadequate as they do not measure quality but measure satisfaction through NSS data 3. That raising fees in England and Wales will have consequences for RUK student studying in Scotland. Voice Further Believes: 1. That TEF is being used in a way which will have negative consequences for all students in the UK. 2. Retention being used as a measurement of success may result in Universities being closed off to students who are from widening access backgrounds.

      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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