Student Council

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 + 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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    Add the TNE Voice to Student Council

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      The union should make space in its representation structure for Transnational Education (TNE) students to be specifically represented at student council. The union should allow for a TNE course representative for each course that is offered at a franchised institute. For example, there is currently space for one course representative for the MA in Creative Media Practice studying in Ayr. However, this course is also delivered via franchise at the International School of Creative Arts in Kochi, India. I suggest there be space for an additional course rep for the MA Creative Media Practice for those studying in Kochi, as their experiences and needs will necessarily be different to those studying at the Ayr campus. This goes as well for all courses offered via UWS’s TNE program. The union should also aim to help TNE reps effectively participate in student council meetings by recruiting volunteers who speak their home language to assist them with their English skills or provide translations. These volunteers could be recruited from UWS’s large pool of international students who are studying in the UK and are competent in English.

      Why you think it is important

      Though TNE students are studying a UWS course and, according to the Office for Students, should be “entitled to the same minimum level of quality and the same rigorous standards as students in the UK,” our actual experience is necessarily different from that of UWS students at UK campuses. TNE students are studying at a franchised institute with different facilities and instructors, which means we will likely run into different issues. A student who studies at the International School of Creative Arts in Kochi cannot have their interests and views adequately represented by a student on the ‘same’ course studying in Ayr. TNE students are UWS students and, as such, student members of the UWS Students’ Union; we should have equal chances to bring our concerns to our union through student representation.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      The quotation from the Office for Students can be found here: Offshore opportunity: protecting students in transnational education - Office for Students”

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

      Yes.
    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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