Student Council is the decision making body of the Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland (SAUWS).  It is the forum for UWS students to voice their concerns and where they can make decisions about the direction of the Students’ Association and the University. 

Our policies shape the direction that the student's association take and can be about anything that concerns students. For example, current policy means SAUWS works together with UWS to work on things as varied as improving food offerings on campus to improving support for student entrepreneurs to lobbying for a library fine amnesty.  Policy also leads on more national areas - and means that SAUWS will always campaign against fee charges or fee interests for students. It might even be something small, such as the banning of Blurred Lines from being played in association spaces. 

If you would like to 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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    Campaign for better work opportunities for International students

      SAUWS to support the ‘Post Study Work Visa’ campaign to enable non-EU students (and potentially EU students as well if Brexit happens) who want to work in the UK to do so once they have graduated. SAUWS should also support the ‘Post Study Work Visa Now’ campaign which was recently started by several Scottish students' associations.

      Why you think it is important

      International students pay staggering amounts of money in tuition fees, visa costs, and NHS bills and as such are being treated like cash cows. The current salary requirement to stay in the UK on a Tier 2 Visa is anywhere between £21,000 to £41,000 depending on the type of job, the current average starting salary for new graduates in Scotland is £21,000, some of which are as little as £17,000. At UWS we have 2,560 non-EU students and 1,268 EU students, with the uncertainty around Brexit, current EU students may also be affected in the future meaning we are potentially losing all this talent and expertise year on year.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      Most of the students affected by the rules around Post Study Visas are being forced to go home unjustly despite having built their lives in their city of study, and despite making the UK culturally, socially, intellectually and financially stronger. It is a disgrace that international graduates are otherwise forced to leave or otherwise deported. In addition, since the abolishment of Post Study Visas (Fresh Talent Scheme) in 2012, the Scottish Government has continuously supported post-study work visa schemes and highlighted the need for a specific post-study work pathway for international students in Scotland.
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