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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    5 voters

    Lobby the university to give students access to more scientific journals through the university library

      Currently, students are limited as to how many scientific journals they are able to access due to rights issues with the journal itself. The university should pay in order for students to be able to access these journals

      Why you think it is important

      Esssay, report and dissertation writing relies on solid research which means we need access to reliable and reputable journals. Many journals we don't have access to could contain vital information which relates to our assignments and we simply can't access them

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

    Mudassar Mehdi
    6:15pm on 15 Oct 19 This is very true. As a research student we always need high ranking journals which university should be able to provide us.




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