Student Voice

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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    Student Strike (2)

      Ballot the Students for a Student Strike

      Why you think it is important

      Throughout the year we have faced not only a pandemic but the repeated rejection of student petitions and calls for action. - Calls for a no detriment policy were ignored - A petition for scrapping graduation fees was ignored - A petition for a physical graduation (when it is safe to do so) was ignored - A call for the statue of slave-owner John Witherspoon to be removed resulted in vague assurances about anti-racism and NO action Despite negative press coverage and political pressure the University of the West of Scotland has continued to ignored the cries of the students. This policy calls for the Students' Union to ballot students on strike action.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      If the University won't listen to us through the lobbying of the Union, petitions, and the press then we should explore how we escalate our actions to ensure our voices are heard.
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