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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    Tax exempt purchases available to students

      Many retailers and digital/online stores only offer students discounts of 20% granted that the purchase is made through the universities finance department, as they can claim back 20% for themselves due to being registered as a charity, creating tax exemption. Students should therefore be able to purchase any items through the university which offer an educational discount (for example, GuitarGuitar in Glasgow, discounts from which could aid Music Technology and BA Performance students) to those studying within the university

      Why you think it is important

      This will help low-income or financially restricted students save a larger discount on purchases made through the university as they are able to claim 20% VAT back.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      Some stores such as GuitarGuitar in Glasgow offer this and have confirmed with me they are open to establishing a link with UWS to offer this
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