Student Council

Student Council sets Student Union polices – these policies determine the work of the union such as mandating Sabbatical Officers to campaign on a particular issue, or setting new rules for the Students’ Union. Any UWS student can submit a policy idea and invite comments or suggest edits and then student reps have full voting rights and will debate this at student council. This year Student Council will be held virtually on Zoom.

Student Council is chaired by the Union Chair, who has been elected to hold the Sabbatical Officers to account. The Union Chair for academic year 2020/2021 is David Laffan.

If you are interested in submitting a policy you can do so below.. Policies are debated at student council in order of popularity to make sure the issues of most interest to students are always heard - so if you suggest an idea encourage your fellow students to come online and vote for them! To submit policy log in at the bottom right of this page and then scroll down to the New Ideas button!

If you would like all current policy and 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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The List below are the policies which are set to be discussed by the Student Council. 

Policy Idea

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  • -9 score
    19 voters

    Stop straws at the Union

      Stop giving straws with the drinks, or at least paper straws, if people ask for it. I think most people know how to drink without needing help from a straw.

      Why you think it is important

      Straws are too small to be recycled, they are single-use plastic waste that could totally be avoided for the environment's sake.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      Find below a detailed policy written by Gordon Lawrie which we hope addresses the issues raised on the comments board and help the Union and the students to understand our concern:
    David Laffan
    1:45pm on 28 Nov 19 Whilst indeed, plastic straws are small and there are recycling issues attatched. Paper straws are flawed because since they are made of paper, they can dissolve. This can be very uncomforting and make it harder to drink. This may cause in cases such as people who have disabilities and/or sensory needs to not be able to drink because the straw can dissolve. And whilst, yes, we are able to make changes to how drinks are served, we cannot prevent anyone from having the essential right to drink. Which is what, in effect, this policy would do.
    Gordon Lawrie
    1:57pm on 5 Dec 19 The One in Five campaign is one of the main groups campaigning on this issue. This is fundamentally a good policy, and eliminating wasteful single use plastic is absolutely something we need to care about! Once my exam period is over I'm going to spend some time looking at options which do not exclude our disabled colleagues whilst still eliminating unneeded single use plastic items.
    Sol?Ne Delvaux
    7:09pm on 7 Jan 20 This policy would never ever prevent anyone from having the essential right to drink. We can totally save a few straws in stock for people who really need them, as I said, they could ask for it. However, at the moment straws are handed out with nearly every drink and I think that's unnecessary and harmful.
    David Charleston
    12:51pm on 13 Jan 20 Would make sense to take them off display (if they are, have never been to the union in Paisley or Ayr) or being added by default and to only be given if a customer requested it. Not sure banning them outright is the best way to go at the moment though.



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