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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    5 voters

    Staff Should be Available to Students When Timetabled

      Where lectures or tutorials end early for whatever reason, the teaching staff delivering them should remain available to the students for the balance of the timetabled period.

      Why you think it is important

      The reality of modern education is that contact time with lecturers is limited and most lecturers do not have set office hours to approach them, if they offer office hours at all.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      Given these constraints it would seem natural that where a timetabled activity finishes early that the teaching staff would make themselves available for the duration of the allocated contact time. This does not always happen, further eating into valuable and limited contact time.
    Beth Douglas
    12:18pm on 4 Dec 18 Reality is that lecturers just like us have committments outside of University, staff members may need to leave early for a number of reasons relating to childcare, healthcare, housing family and personal issues and more. Although it's the university's responsibility to cover hours of teaching we need to also understand that staff are under supported and under resourced. Instead we should be supporting trade unions in their aims to enhance working conditions rather than placing mandatory work conditions on selected individual staff.




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