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! To submit policy log in at the bottom right of this page and then scroll down to the New Ideas button!

If you would like all current policy and 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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  • 7 score
    15 voters

    No detriment

      That any degree which is not an accredited degree (which has to set certain standards) should have exams cancelled and coursework should be the mark in which people gain.

      Why you think it is important

      There are people with caring commitments, people who have children and then there are people who could test positive and have their health impacted by Covid.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      No one is asking for free grades, this year has been much harder than last year, and it honestly feels like there has been no support to get us through this. Some of us are making ourselves ill worrying about failing because kids will be at home during exams or loved ones are very ill. At least the consideration for this would be helpful.
    Declan Rodgers
    12:16am on 8 Jan 21 There's been lots of issues at the beginning and now with timetable clashes, in my course we have 2 assessments on the same day after the Xmas break. It's really disarming, as one of assessments is for a module which doesn't take place on that day(whereas the other does and makes sense). The time also clashed (and has since been reshuffled to accommodate) which really seems like poor coordination. My concern is also for group coursework, it's hard enough organising it face-to-face, with relying only on instant messaging this year, very capable students will suffer due to stragglers. This year so far has felt like stumbling from one frustration to the next.
    Sarah Anderson
    9:12am on 10 Jan 21 Hugely agree with this policy. First year social work students have had several students suggested they drop out as theyve contracted Covid so had to miss a week as caring for kids, getting healthy and uni work was too much. This is a ridiculous suggestion but these students, as brilliant as they are, are even now wondering if theyre good enough. We are fortunate our exam time was lengthened to 24 from 2 hours however having to homeschool young children, care responsibilities, outside work requirements leaves some students with very limited time to write. Im sure this is experienced across campuses. This policy feels like a heartfelt way to recognise the pressures students are experiencing through no fault of their own therefore should not be penalised.



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