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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    17 voters

    Ensuring all vending machines offer card payments and/or on campus change giving

      The university had numerous vending machines around the campus (Paisley), of which some accept card payments and other require cash (coins). In my view and the students view that I have raised this issue with find this unacceptable, citing that all machines should offer card payments.

      Why you think it is important

      This is important as outside canteen hours these vending machines are the only source of food/drinks and confectionery on my campus - (assuming the same for other campuses too) - and in order to use them the students are forced to carry coins to do so; which many students either find this inconvenient or uncomfortable to do so. The students are aware that some of these machines do in fact take card but a number of them don't, which is troubling. This particularly becomes an issue during out of hours as certain areas of the campus become restricted; rendering students unable to use certain card accepting machines - in fear of being hounded by the security team.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      Further to this if the students were to obtain cash from an ATM on campus there is still no way to use certain machines as they require coins. And if any attempt is made to ask canteen staff for change - explaining why - the students are typically met with an unsavoury response. The only real way to solve this issue is by either; ensuring all vending machines take card payments, and/or putting facilities on campus where students are able to obtain change.
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