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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    A Helpline On Student cards. - POLICY LAPSE

      Council Notes: 1. UWS is one of the few institutions in the west of Scotland to have no helpline or emergency number at the back of their studentcards. 2. It is in the Student Association’s and the University’s best interest to keep students safe. 3. Students are more likely to suffer from stress and other types of mental illnesses. 4. Students in some social groups can be more unsafe than others, such as students who are woman, disabled, BME, LGBT and so on. 5. Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonia University both have a contact number on the back of their studentcards ran by nightline. 6. Nightline is a confidential telephone and online listening and information service ran by trained students for the students of Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde Universities. 7. On nightline you can discuss private issues, if you are stressed, in danger, if you are not coping or even just want a gab. 8. The City of Glasgow College is also looking at becoming part of nightline. Council Resolves: 1. For SAUWS to discuss with the people who run nightline, to see if it is possible for the University of the West of Scotland to use their number. 2. For SAUWS to lobby the University of the West of Scotland to change the back of studentcards to have an emergency phone number or helpline, such as nightline or the contact details for the police or something similar.

      Why you think it is important

      Council Believes: 1. Students’ time spent at university is supposed to be some of the best years in a student’s life, not the worst. 2. By having a helpline or emergency number it will allow students to voice their problems. 3. Any helpline or emergency number at the back of a students’ card is better than no number at all. 4. A helpline or an emergency number at the back of a studentcard will benefit ALL students. 5. All new studentcards should have an emergency number or helpline such as something like nightline, the police or an equivalent.

      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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