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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    Help students in crisis

      Council recognises that some students will experience a mental health crisis during their time at UWS. Council notes that mental illness is largely invisible. Council acknowledges that though help is available for students experiencing a mental health crisis, the nature of mental illness means students may be unable to search for it. Council instructs the association to work with the University to develop a protocol, whereby a student experiencing a crisis can tell one person and that person, with the students consent, can ensure that relevant stakeholders are contacted and support is put in place.

      Why you think it is important

      A 2015 NUS survey found that 78% of students experienced mental health issues and of those, 36% had thoughts of self harm. Whilst the University has resources and procedures in place to help students in this position, someone experiencing a mental health issue may not be in a position to actively search those resources or procedures out. Where a student has disclosed a mental health issue it may be painful or even harmful to require them to explain it repeatedly.

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