Discussing the student issues that matter to you

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 13 Part time officers, 5 elected Sabbatical Officers and 15 School Representatives. It is also attended by the Chief Executive and 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.

Dates of Union Council Meetings:

  • Tuesday 22nd October, 17:30 – Babbage 403 (Deadline for Papers = Tuesday 8th October)
  • Tuesday 19th November, 17:30 – Babbage 406 (Deadline for Papers = Tuesday 5th November)
  • Thursday 23rd January, 17:30 – Babbage 411 (Deadline for Papers = Thursday 9th January)
  • Tuesday 25th February, 17:30 – Location TBC (Deadline for Papers = Tuesday 11th February)
  • Thursday 30th April, 17:30 – Location TBC (Deadline for Papers = Thursday 16th April)

Union Council ChairMolly Austin-Knight 

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

Policy Proposals

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!

Minutes of meetings:

Union Council meeting minutes

22nd October 2019

19th November 2019

23rd January 2020

25th February 2020

Motions passed:


Date Passed

Date motion lapses



Electronics Watch Affiliation

 Nov 2017  Nov 2019

Fossil Fuel Divestment

 Nov 2017  Nov 2019

Women's Forum Name Change 

 Nov 2017  Nov 2019

NUS Delegate Accountability

 Nov 2017  Nov 2019

Standing up for Student Sex Workers 

 Feb 2018  Feb 2020

Keep Wednesday Afternoon Free 

 May 2018  May 2020

Students Not Suspects (Prevent)

 May 2018  May 2020

Know the Line 

 May 2018  May 2020
Plastic Cups proposal - discussion only NA


Postgrad Research Officer Feb 2020 Feb 2022

Union Council Byelaw

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