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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    McGills Buses - Give mature students the student day tickets

      To instruct Sabbatical Officers to actively engage McGills Buses in the campaign to offer all students the student day ticket. This campaign should include promoting student direct actions, petitions, and removing advertisement from student association premises until the student tickets are no longer age exclusionary.

      Why you think it is important

      McGills offer all other student tickets for students of all ages. Purchasing a week/month ticket is not worth it for students who are not in 5 days a week. Most student reps will be aware that there is a large number of programmes which do not run every day of the week and so a Day ticket is the best ticket for them. Establishing a 16-22 years old age limit is discriminatory against mature students, who do make up a significant proportion of our student population. The Students Association should condemn these actions in every way possible.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?
    Gordon Lawrie
    10:06pm on 13 Mar 19 Are you sure the Association should be condoning discriminatory policies instead of condemning them?
    Daniel Hutchison
    10:10pm on 13 Mar 19 Thanks for highlighting that Gordon, super tired after the elections. I'll edit just now!
    Gordon Lawrie
    6:06pm on 19 Mar 19 Daniel, couple of thoughts. Firstly is outright condemnation the way to go? I'm not based in Paisley but from what I gather they are still letting mature students access the non-day student tickets. Maybe call on them to rethink their policy in order to better support their student customers? Secondly, I think it would be worth council giving the association a specific instruction if this motion passes. Maybe council "instructs the Student's Association to call on McGill's to rethink their policy in order to better to support mature students. Council instructs the Student's Association to issue a press release to this effect, detailing the detrimental effect McGill's current policy has on our student population." G
    Clare Montgomery
    10am on 23 Mar 19 Part-time students are more often than not mature students. It doesn't make sense that the tickets most-suited to part-time students then exclude them because of their age. Part-time students don't always get their fees paid. They will also be more likely to have dependents. Travel costs can have a huge impact on ability to afford to continue with studies.




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