Union Council

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. 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.


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Papers and Reports for the meeting of 1st May


Keep Wednesday Afternoons Free Policy Proposal,  appendix a,  appendix b,  appendix c,  appendix d

Students Not Suspects Policy Proposal,  appendix a - supporting information

Equal Access to HE Policy Proposal

Know the Line Policy Proposal,  current Know the Line Training 

Safe Drinking Policy 

Draft Student Charter

School Rep Reports

Part-time Officers Reports

Sabbatical Officers Reports


Dates of Union Council Meetings

  • Thursday 19th October 17:00-20:00 - Illusion, UPSU Building (deadline for papers 8th October)
  • Thursday 30th November 17:00-20:00 - Babbage 402 (deadline for papers 15th November)
  • Tuesday 13th February 17:00-20:00 - Babbage 204 (deadline for papers 29th January)
  • Tuesday 1st May 17:00-20:00 - Babbage 402 (deadline for papers 17th April)


Click to see the Membership of Union Council

What happens at Union Council?

The Union Council is a monthly meeting where members present can:

  • Give updates and feedback about their Forum meetings and 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 ideas and 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!

The University of Plymouth Students’ Union is a charitable organisation and is governed by a Trustee Board. The role of the Trustees is to provide the organisation with strategic direction on major issues. The 6  Sabbatical Officers are members of the Trustee Board, as well as sitting on the Union Council. The Union Council are also able to request information on non-confidential matters that are discussed at the Board of Trustee meetings.

The Trustee Board consists of six annually elected Sabbatical Officer Trustees, two appointed Student Trustees and between two to four appointed External Trustees. The Trustee Board is the decision maker of the Students’ Union, supported by the Senior Management Team and has end line collective responsibility for all activities of the Students’ Union. The duties of the Trustees are to ensure proper and prudent administration of the organisation both legally and financially.

The Trustees Annual report is presented at the Annual General Meeting, so students are able to see what the Trustees have been up to, and vote on whether they approve these activities.

Union Council meeting minutes