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What is Student Council?
Student Council is a group of individuals democratically elected by you, the student body, to represent your interests. Student Council are the main decision-makers when it comes to approving new ideas and policies within the Union, from recycling bins to anti-racism stances. They also hold your Executive and Part-Time Officers to account, making sure that they are working hard to fulfill the manifestos they were elected on.
Anyone can submit an idea to be discussed and attend Student Council, but only elected representatives get a vote. The central group of students who sit on Student Council are called Students’ Union Reps. These Reps are elected to sit on 1 of 15 Networks that represent a particular student group or interest. Student Council meets monthly during term time. Before each council meeting, each Network will also individually meet to discuss ideas and policies related to their areas.
Check back soon for a list of our upcoming meeting times and locations, which can be found here.
Who sits on Student Council?
Students’ Union Reps, Executive Officers and Part-Time Officers are expected to attend each Council meeting. Other elected representatives, such as Course Reps, Department Reps and Core Student Group committee members (President, Treasurer and Secretary) are also invited and are able to cast a vote. Each committee is eligible to cast one vote.
Non-voting students are also more than welcome to attend to support their peers or speak up on an issue that matters to them. Student Council is led by a non-voting neutral student-staff member known as the Chair, recruited specifically to ensure that meetings keep to time and that every students gets a fair chance to share their opinion.
When your Students’ Union Reps are elected onto Networks this October, we’ll have a list of them here so you can easily find who you’re looking for.
How can I become a Students' Union Rep?
Putting yourself forward is easy. All you need to do is write a few words summing up why the role within your chosen network matters to you, what you hope to achieve and why your peers should vote for you. Once you have put yourself forward, you will be notified of when you can publicly campaign to your peers to encourage them to vote for you. After the voting period, the Student Voice department will inform you of whether you have been successful and provide you with the dates for upcoming meetings.
If you’re passionate about democracy, event promotion and ensuring your elected reps are accountable, you can alternatively put yourself forward to sit on Scrutiny Committee – an impartial, neutral body that helps advertise and run Student Council, and holds elected Officers directly to account. The election process is similar and involves you communicating why you’d be a good fit for the role by writing a short statement about yourself. Find out more here.
For more information, contact Ian Bruce