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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    11 voters

    Allow the Union bar to continue to be a safe space

      Under this policy, people would be allowed to report to a Union staff member or anonymously online that a song is making them or another individual they know uncomfortable. Action will be taken to remove the possibility to play that song in any space in the Union. All reported songs must be noted down and stored in a spreadsheet. This must be available to all staff and anyone planning to use the Union to play music on request.

      Why you think it is important

      It is important that the Union remains a safe space for all

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      This policy has been proposed after the policy banning Blurred Lines lapsed
    Gordon Lawrie
    5:16pm on 13 Nov 19 Hi David, I would love to be able to support this but right now it's far too broad. Blurred Lines is objectively objectionable and I was disappointed that this policy was allowed to lapse, but a policy mandating that the Union remove any song that anyone anonymously claims makes them or someone else uncomfortable with no further examination could quickly lead to the Union playing nothing but instrumental Muzak! I am also not convinced of the necessity of reporting being anonymous; as long as the Association is not disclosing who is reporting that songs are potentially objectionable which they won't, because Data Protection, there is nothing wrong with reporters saying who they are, especially if those reports are being allowed on behalf of third parties. Something along the lines of "The Association will implement a system where individuals can report songs which they or someone else find objectionable, and the Association will consider whether those songs are compatible with the Association being a safe space. Where a song is not compatible with the Association being a safe space it will be prohibited to be played or performed within SAUWS spaces. The Association will periodically publish a list of songs deemed to be objectionable as well as those complained of but not deemed objectionable, (but not of the identities or number of people who have reported said songs.) Any SAUWS member will have the right to challenge the decision to either ban or not ban any songs listed." This probably needs fleshed out a bit more but I hope you agree that it would accomplish the goal while being less open to abuse.




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