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!

Policy Idea

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  • -2 score
    12 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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