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! 

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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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    First Bus to reschedule their U1 Lanarkshire Service

    Passed
      Hold a discussion with First and petition to increase the services run on the U1 service, which is the busiest service between the U1 and now cancelled U2. This bus service is heavily relied on by Students who don't drive or can afford a car, more so with Erasmus students who don't drive here (The Student Accommodation is based at the old campus). First Bus cut their U2 bus due to low usage and rescheduled the U1 to every half hour even during peak times due to traffic and road works, students, as a result, are late for classes and tests. In my own experience, I've waited 50 minutes for a bus because of roadworks. Quote from their website. "A slightly revised timetable will be introduced. Buses will operate up to every 12 minutes at peak times and every 20 or 30 minutes off-peak." "Passengers from East Kilbride will still be able to access UWS by catching frequent service 201 to High Blantyre Industrial Estate bus stops where connections can be made with the U1 which operates up to every 12 minutes." There have even been comments to reduce the service if things don't improve.

      Why you think it is important

      • Driving is expensive, and students rely on it to get to classes and work. Having less cars on the road helps the environment and can potentially reduce accidents. • Students rely on public transport, especially at the new campus as it's harder to get to without a car. They've also suggested students get a U1 to get a 201 to East Kilbride, which due to the reduced services takes even longer and the 30-40 minute walk isn't suitable for students who have difficulty walking long distances. • It could also give First Bus justification to completely cut the U1 and tell people to walk to Burnbank for another service like they did with the U2. • Local businesses in the technology park rely on the service as well as local people, the bus is always busy, even more so now with less buses running. • I don't think that First Bus have given enough time to allow a footfall build since this is a brand new campus and service.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      First Bus has had a problem in the past with their Univerity bus services and should address this https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/news-opinion/letter-absolutely-gutted-u1-bus-2126622 Service change - https://www.firstgroup.com/greater-glasgow/news-and-service-updates/planned-changes/service-change-service-u1-u2
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