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!

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    Sign Off with Pronouns: Make Sharing Pronouns Common Practice

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      The staff members, sabbaticals, and volunteers (Student Reps, Societies, etc.) throughout the Students' Association should include their pronouns in their email signatures. Similarly, during meetings, events (etc.) pronouns should be shared, for instance with names during introductions, or before speaking.

      Why you think it is important

      Knowing the correct pronouns to use for any individual is important and goes a long way to contribute to ensuring that transgender students feel valid and welcome when being spoken to. It is a small, and simple act, however it can have a huge positive impact overall. By normalising the practice of sharing pronouns, it can negate numerous problematic moments in discussion, that may occur due to accidental misgendering, without the need for transgender students to correct the error. This removes any need for a student to 'out' themselves, as everyone would be in the habit of sharing pronouns.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      If the Students' Association makes this change, it puts weight behind normalising the practice of sharing pronouns, and the Students' Association could then work with the university to have the same implemented across all staff and volunteers, encouraging students to do the same too.
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