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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    9 voters

    Right to drinking water on campus

      For all SAUWS unions to have places to fill water bottles and to work with UWS to install a sufficient amount of water filling stations across all campuses.

      Why you think it is important

      As of the writing of this policy, there is only 1 water filling station in Paisley. This requires anyone wishing to fill a water bottle to perhaps walk from the other side to fill up a water bottle. As compared to the availability to single-use plastic water bottles, the amount of refilling stations is tiny.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      Many candidates during the election campaigned for more water refilling stations.
    Daniel Hutchison
    12:14pm on 13 Mar 19 This was a key point in my election campaign so I'm happy to co-sign this policy.
    Clare Montgomery
    10:04am on 23 Mar 19 There are lots of water filling stations at the Lanarkshire campus. I'm surprised to learn that there's only one in Paisley. This should be a no-brainer. Not only to reduce the amount of single-use plastics, but also to make sure students have access to free drinking water rather than have to pay for bottled.
    Rachel McFarlane
    11:28am on 27 Mar 19 I only know of water fountains at Lanarkshire to be outside the toilets, I don't believe they're well signed to say this is where to go if you wish to refill your bottle. They're could be another installed in the main street area of the uni for visitors to have easy access to and students walking from one end of the building to the other.




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