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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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  • 19 score
    19 voters

    An Enhanced Academic Safety Net for UWS Students (No Detriment Policy)

      The following suggestions were arrived at after speaking with UWS Students and researching other Universities approaches to their response to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. A) Proactive Student Support; Students should receive at least one call (at a time of their convenience) from the University to determine what support they might need and signpost them to the relevant support services. B) Improved Communications; Students should have access to a 24hr helpline that addresses all enquiries that the hub normally deals with. Students are needing support out with the normal business hours currently on offer. C) Adjusted Degree Algorithm; Students should be permitted to substitute up to 40 credits worth of their best module scores from level 9 for their worst 40 credits in level 10. This will allow students to potentially use work from level 9 that was unaffected by the Pandemic. D) Reverse Academic Penalties; Students should have penalties that were applied in T1 for late submission reversed, bringing T1 in line with T2 when automatic 3-week extensions will apply. See section 4.5 of the UWS Assessment Handbook E) Recognition of Concurrent Learning; Universities routinely recognise prior learning when deciding at what level a student can undertake their studies. Coronavirus has presented students with extraordinary challenges for them to overcome. The university should look at these challenges as opportunities to award credits. Particular attention should be given to Healthcare Workers and Carers who have faced the Pandemic head on, Parents who have homeschooled, Key Workers in Retail and Logistics and other key sectors who have kept our country going. These students have already demonstrated the UWS Graduate Attributes of being ‘Universal, Work-Ready and Successful’. F) Establish a Key Resources Fund; Students should be able to apply for funding for key resources that they would normally be able to access. Students might need books, journal access, laptop chargers, specialised software etc. Things that they wouldn’t normally need if they had access to campus.

      Why you think it is important

      See above

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      The universities current approach is here for reference.
    Luke Humberstone
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