Discussing the student issues that matter to you
What is the Union Council?
The Union Council is in place to make important decisions that affect the student body and ensure that the wide diversity of the student body is fairly represented in these decisions
The Union Council is made up of 17 Part time officers, 4 elected Sabbatical Officers and 13 School Representatives. It is also attended by staff support members. The Chair of the Accountability Board also attends these meetings, to observe and ensure that they are taking place in a fair and democratic manner.
What happens at Union Council?
The Union Council is a regular meeting where members present can:
- Give updates and feedback about the things they are working on.
- Discuss, organise, and support campaign, events and projects and ideas.
- Debate policy proposals, and vote on whether to approve them to become the political policy of the union.
Chair of Union Council
Led by a Part-time Officers and supported by a Sabbatical Officer, sub-committees are a place where elected reps, student led groups and the student body can give feedback, share ideas and work on progressing campaigns and activities to enhance the student experience. Sub-committees then develop policy proposals to be approved at Union Council. All students are welcome at these meetings.
Wellbeing and Student Experience Sub-Committee
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Committee
Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee
A policy proposal is basically a fancy way of saying "idea". Any student can submit a proposal to Union Council, and suggest ways for UPSU to improve. In order to submit a policy to Union Council, you must have a proposer (you) and at least one person who will second your idea (seconder). You can then submit your proposal to the Student Voice Team, who will help you develop your proposal, if needed, and include it on the agenda for the next meeting. The members present at the meeting will debate then vote on whether to approve your proposal. If your idea is approved, it will then become a part of UPSUs working policies, and we will work with you to make it happen!
You can also submit your ideas in collaboration with a Part-time Officer
Please use the Policy Proposal Template to formally submit a proposal for debate at Union Council - do get in touch with Student Voice for help with this if you are not sure what to do!