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. 

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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.

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    A holistic approach to Care Experienced students no matter their age - (NUS Scotland motion - to be ratified)

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      Conference Notes -Only 4% of Care Experienced school leavers go on to university. Care experienced college students are significantly less likely to complete their course than their peers. Many students are forced to curtail studies not because of ability but due to financial circumstances. -For a student to be classified as Care Experienced they must self-declare, meaning there are potentially many students who do not realise they are Care Experienced or the support they are therefore entitled to. -The Scottish Government has introduced additional bursary support for Care Experienced students, but that this is only available to students up to the age of 26. -The Scottish Funding Council and partners in the sector have set a national ambition to achieve parity in outcomes for Care Experienced school-leavers and their peers by 2021. Conference Believes -That extra support is required to ensure that Care Experienced students can cope with their studies, and ensure that all are able to complete them. -That it is the responsibility of institutions to ensure that their students are aware of all the support that is available. Expecting people to find it for themselves is not working. -That the impact of care-experience does not have an age-limit. Conference Resolves -To encourage all universities and colleges to establish peer support groups for Care Experienced students. -To call for a proactive, year-round approach to informing students of the support available to them. This should include support outwith term-time. -To call for a holistic and institutional-wide approach to widening access and support for care experienced individuals that ensures continuity of support -To lobby the Scottish Government and the SFC to make sure this approach is embedded in Outcome Agreements. -To campaign and lobby the Scottish Government to extend support to all Care Experienced students, no matter their age.

      Why you think it is important

      Only 4% of Care Experienced school leavers go on to university. Care experienced college students are significantly less likely to complete their course than their peers. Many students are forced to curtail studies, not because of ability but due to financial circumstances. Hence extra support is required to ensure that Care Experienced students can cope with their studies, and ensure that all are able to complete them.

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