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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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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  • 7 score
    7 voters

    Mandatory Consent, Bystander and Mental Health Training for Society and Liberation Group Leaders

    Passed
      Content warning: mental health, sexual harassment and sexual assault. Societies and Liberation groups will not be affiliated until the leader of these groups attend a mandatory training session for consent, being a bystander and mental health.

      Why you think it is important

      We love societies here at SAUWS, and we’re sure you enjoy being a part of one, or there wouldn’t be any right now. Students often tell us that they’ve benefited from joining a society, as they've been able to make friends, and be part of a community, especially if students are away from friends and family. Society leaders are expected to be at every event held by the society, and subsequently would notice if a member hasn’t show up in a while, or has been acting differently in a way in which suggests a deterioration in their mental health. With this training presidents of a society will have the knowledge to point a member of concern to the correct resources, supporting both their members, and the running of the group. Unfortunately, sexual harassment and assault are an often occuring incident, and especially prominent at university. To tackle this, and to further enhance the idea of a safe space, we think that society leaders should also be equipped with the knowledge to signpost victims to support.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      Reference: National Trauma Training Framework https://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/education-and-training/by-discipline/psychology/multiprofessional-psychology/national-trauma-training-framework.aspx Reference: NUS I Heart Consent Workshop https://www.nusconnect.org.uk/resources/i-heart-consent-workshop-2018 Reference: Hidden Marks: A study of women students’ experiences of harassment,stalking, violence and sexual assault https://www.nus.org.uk/global/nus_hidden_marks_report_2nd_edition_web.pdf
    Daniel Hutchison
    11:04am on 14 Mar 19 co-sign - Dan Hutchison

     

     

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