Student Council

Student Council is the decision making body of the Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland (SAUWS).  It is the forum for UWS students to voice their concerns and where they can make decisions about the direction of the Students’ Association and the University. 

Our policies shape the direction that the student's association take and can be about anything that concerns students. For example, current policy means SAUWS works together with UWS to work on things as varied as improving food offerings on campus to improving support for student entrepreneurs to lobbying for a library fine amnesty.  Policy also leads on more national areas - and means that SAUWS will always campaign against fee charges or fee interests for students. It might even be something small, such as the banning of Blurred Lines from being played in association spaces. 

ANY student can submit policy using the form below - your ideas don't need to be complicated! 

Once policies are submitted they will be put online here, and any student may comment or ask for clarification.

If you submit a policy suggestion you will be invited to student council to present it - but you don't have to. In your absence the Union Chair will read your submission - and then your elected student reps will vote on the policy.

So give us your ideas, and help us work for you!

Policy Idea

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    Speak to Everyone: Use Gender-Inclusive Language

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      When chairing discussions, sending out communications, posting on social media (etc, etc) use gender-inclusive language. For instance; - Instead of greeting people or opening an email with "Hey guys" start using "Hey everyone". - Instead of identifying a student by "the lady there" or "the gentleman there" etc., it is just as simple to refer to "the student there".

      Why you think it is important

      The university's student body is diverse and wonderful, and by using gendered language there is a great risk of alienating a portion of students. This is particularly the case for transgender students, especially those who identify out-with the binary. By using gender-inclusive language it ensures that everyone feels welcome and thought of during events, discussions and communications. Similarly, it negates any risk of harm through assumption of a student's gender and identity based on interpretation of their presentation.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      If the students' association starts to lead the way through use of inclusive language, it emphasises the importance of the entirety of the diverse student body and can then also be taken to the institution itself to have UWS follow throughout lectures, communications, events etc. which would push recognition of UWS as an leader in inclusivity.
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