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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 + make sure you've read what makes a good policy here!

A policy is a clear, simple statement of a change you’d like to see or action you’d like Your Union to take which Student Council members have voted for.  Policies provide a set of guiding principles to help with decision making and ensure Your Union is democratic and continues to be student led, working on the things that are important to you.

Policies can relate to the work or actions of the Union, UWS and external issues relevant to students.  Policies passed by previous students include campaigning for free graduation, supporting Trade Union strike action and getting Care Leavers recognised as a disadvantaged and under-represented group.

If you would like all current policy and see how our Sabbatical Officers are making progress on previously passed policies you can click here!

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
    7 voters

    Renew 24hr Library access

      Allow students access to the Lanarkshire library 24-7.

      Why you think it is important

      Pre- covid, students could access the library at Lanarkshire 24-7 making use of this great facility. Since the phased return to campus, the library can only be accessed 9-7 Monday to Friday and 9-5 at the weekends. Late night, early morning and overnight access is essential for many students especially those who have to take on nightshifts (nursing and midwifery students for example) and for whom daytime only access is often not possible. This will not involve any extra staffing as hub and library staff's hours will remain unchanged. Students are currently advised they can use 'the street' to continue their study if required, while the doors to the library are closed. This would potentially involve more students filling a smaller space (NOT advisable in a pandemic). Many students choose to return home rather than use the street as this space is designed to be a socialising space and not a study space. Access to books and printers are denied by closing the library doors.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      I have spoken with two of the security staff members who have assured me there would be no issue for them in not closing the library overnight. It will not involve any extra cost for UWS.

      I have read the guidance on what makes a good policy on the student council page

    No comments have been made.

    How to write a good policy

    How do I develop a Policy

    To develop your policy, you’ll need to be able to answer these three key questions:

    What is your idea for new policy?

    This section should highlight the key issue or change needed and what you’d like Your Union to do if the policy is passed by Student Council members.

    • What is the issue or change you’d like to see
    • How can the issue be resolved or the change implemented
    • What actions would you like Your Union to take to resolve the issue or make the change


    Why you think it is important?

    This section should highlight how your idea affects students and how they may benefit from the issue being fixed or changed.

    • What is the impact of the issues on students
    • Are there specific groups of students more affected than others
    • What will the benefits be to students if the issue is fixed or the change made


    Is there anything else you think we should know?

    This section should highlight where students can find out more about the impact of the issue on students or where they can see what currently happens

    • What else would be useful to know about your policy idea
    • Are there links to further reading or evidence to support your idea.


    How do I submit my policy idea for discussed at Student Council

    You can submit your Policy idea using our online form, you’ll be asked to complete the form with the 3 key questions above. 


    Policy ideas need to be online for at least 2 weeks prior the Student Council meeting.  Policy ideas are also discussed in order of popularity and once visible, students will be able to ‘upvote’ or ‘downvote’ to make sure the issues of most interest to students are always heard first.


    So if you submit a Policy idea, encourage your fellow students to come online and ‘upvote’ it!


    How do I get my policy passed

    At Student Council, you’ll be invited to speak about your idea and encourage Council Members (who are Student Reps) to vote in favour of it.  Members are also given the opportunity speak or vote against a policy idea if they feel it is not in the best interests of students or if It is not a priority at the time. Student Council will take into account how popular a policy has been on the website so do talk to your fellow students and get those upvotes in!


    To ensure everyone gets a fair and equal chance to put forward their views on the policy idea, we have a Union Chair who facilitate the discussions and ensure a balanced debate.  The Union Chair is a neutral position so they will make sure that discussion is free and fair. 

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