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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  • 7 score
    9 voters

    Student Cards - Why do they cost so much to replace?

      To mandate the Students Association to contact the university to determine how much it actually costs to replace student cards and to advocate for students to pay cost price to replace their student cards.

      Why you think it is important

      Charging £10 for a student card is a really high cost. Especially when students are required to use these to sign into classes and to take resources out from the library. Why is a profit being made from student at every turn, from student cards to graduation fees, to the high prices in the canteens. In a university such as ours, we need to understand how these extra costs force students to undertake more labour outside of university time. These additional labour hours prevent students from engaging actively in their programmes and do cause increased instances of mental health difficulties.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

    Rachel McFarlane
    11:19am on 27 Mar 19 I also would like to add name badges for healthcare students cost £3.50 and they don't order them until there is enough on the list to order a batch so your left waiting weeks/months without a name badge while on placement. I think £5.00 is a lot for a new student card when they have the facilities to make new ones on site, would also agree these should be reduced in price if possible.




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