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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    Notice boards at the Lanarkshire Campus

      Self explanatory - notice boards at Lanarkshire campus, so people can know what is going on. Footprints leading to the union (and the hub!) would also be great, but less likely to happen.

      Why you think it is important

      I'm an intern with SAUWS, and thoroughly enjoy going around talking to other students and getting their views. Due to an inability to stand around doing nothing, this regularly takes me outside the union (which gets a decent turn, but same faces most days), and it's horrifying hearing from people that don't even know that there is a union! We have notices up in the union for upcoming events, but if you aren't in the union, you aren't going to see them. There are two big glass boards in the street, but one of those is completely blocked off by seating. I believe there would be more interaction from students, if there were notice boards where leaflets about upcoming events, societies etc etc could be pinned (not even just SAUWS items, although that would be my priority).

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      I get that it's a shiny new campus and they don't want the walls destroyed so soon. And (unlike many!) I love the new campus, but notice boards would mean flyers have to be pinned to them, and not just freely on any wall space available, so the walls wouldn't get trashed. Only 12% of the votes cast in the recent elections came from Lanarkshire. I was there on the last afternoon, and still spoke to a lot of people who had no clue the elections were on. This demonstrates perfectly the lack of reach we are getting to students on campus. The big screens in The Street would be great, but they are not utilised correctly (possibly another issue to be addressed?), with very little information being put out on them - they could easily serve as one giant notice board.
    Rachel McFarlane
    11:16am on 27 Mar 19 Agree this is a good idea so students know exactly where to find information as I don't always look at my emails and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Could be placed before you enter the canteen and it should be a decent size, make it free for all students to add to it also?




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