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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    6 voters

    Teaching proposal - Camera on during video lecturers

      I would like to propose that lecturers provided a recorded video of themselves during their speech for the online video presentations, alongside with the learning content in the same screen.

      Why you think it is important

      It is important to consider this in order to keep working towards a more effective home learning environment. It can be very difficult to engage and keep paying attention to presentations of long duration by just looking at a static images/slides for several minutes while only listening to a background voice. This is a chance for lecturers to fully utilise their teaching skills and increase their capacity to engage the learner by using their body language with this method, which is known to be a key element for an effective video presentation. This would surely result in an improved adaptation in face to face classes that learners are unfortunately not experiencing anymore.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      It should be mentioned that two lecturers have already used this approach in one instance, which has been positively highlighted by students.
    Kimberleyann Boyce
    5:46am on 13 Nov 20 I had thought that there was something that was making this a kind of legal thing, I.E all lectures must be recorded and have subtitles for inclusion? But I agree it is needed.
    Matthew Sweeney
    5:47pm on 18 Nov 20 This, I believe is already University Policy.



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