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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    Better offerings from UWS Canteens - POLICY LAPSE

      Voice Notes: 1. That UWS have class timetables which sometimes do not allow students to move between buildings or classes for long enough to have lunch or a snack in the canteens and some classes are scheduled up to 5pm. 2. That other than vending machines there is nowhere else on campus to get healthy food after 2.30pm at Ayr, Hamilton and Dumfries Campuses. 3. That in the buildings where vending machines are available, there is little variety in the foods offered 4. That none of the foods offered at vending machines can be considered “healthy” ; 5. The Catering Service at UWS recently undertook a survey to better understand what staff and students want from the canteens at UWS. Voice Resolves: 1. For SAUWS to safeguard UWS students’ right to an environment which allows them to thrive without having to starve themselves; 2. For SAUWS to lobby the University Cantering service to keep the Canteens open until all daytime classes have finished. 3. That SAUWS lobby the University management and Catering Services to install vending machines with a wider variety of foods, including fresh fruit and Veg before the beginning of the next academic year; 4. To ensure that, in the larger buildings, the University produces an appropriate number of such vending machines within easy reach for students; 5. For SAUWS to work with the University to ensure that the foods on offer at the Canteens are healthy and take account of other dietary preferences and that all students have the opportunity to eat something to their liking, including meat free products. 6. That SAUWS work with the University to look into the viability of installing microwaves on campus for students who can’t, or don’t want to, buy food from the canteens while on campus.

      Why you think it is important

      Voice Believes: 1. That it is unfair for students to be restricted to eating only crisps or chocolate bars if they don’t have time between classes to get lunch; 2. That we have a responsibility to ensure and safeguard the appropriate conditions of health and wellbeing for students; 3. That students should always have access to adequate nutrition for as long as they are on campus; 4. That many of our students struggle financially which can prevent them from eating in the canteen as prices of food is expensive and there are few discounts available. 5. That there should be a selection of food which caters for other dietary preferences such as vegan and pescatarian. 6. That as a result of the catering service survey, the catering service at UWS is doing more to accommodate different dietary needs and healthy eating options.

      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.
    Kimberleyann Boyce
    1:03am on 5 Nov 20 It was unanimous from the MSc students that the food available at Hamilton is a joke - downloading the app with spotty internet, waiting time and not being allowed to sit anywhere to eat.



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