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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  • 3 score
    3 voters

    Stop advertising high interest private loans

    Passed
      The Union must ban all adverts for high interest private loans, such as those currently being advertised on the RedBox screens for Future Finance. The Union should contact RedBox and request all adverts for Future Finance are removed from our screens.

      Why you think it is important

      Future Finance offers student loans with interest rates between 8% and 23.7% - this is higher than those of government funded loans which currently have a maximum rate of 5.4%. In addition, Future Finance require you to start paying back whilst you're still studying. Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com recently criticised the loans, saying they were "inappropriate for the huge majority of recipients". It's deeply irresponsible for the Union to continue allowing adverts for such a controversial and dangerous company on our screens.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      UCAS was recently criticised for sending an email advertising Future Finance: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49606180
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