Discussing the student issues that matter to you

The Union Council is in place to make important decisions that effect 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 the 15 elected Forum Chairs, 6 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 23rd October 2018, 17:30 - Babbage 406 (deadline for papers - 9th October)
  • Tuesday 27th November 2018, 17:30 - Babbage 406 (deadline for papers - 13th November)
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019, 17:30 - Babbage 402 (deadline for papers - 15th January)
  • Tuesday 26th February 2019, 17:30 - Babbage 402 (deadline for papers - 12th February)
  • Thursday 4th April 2019, 17:30 - Babbage 402 (deadline for papers - 21st March)


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

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!

Union Council meeting minutes