What is Union Council? What is its purpose?
Union Council is a meeting where any student can bring an idea, called a motion, that aims to change something or asks the Students' Union to take a stance on something.
The meeting takes place at least once a term and is made up of 21 randomly selected panellists who are the only people in the room allowed to vote. If a motion gains enough support in votes then it becomes policy.
Policy is something that the Students' Union adopts and tries to achieve over at least the next two years from the time that the motion passes.
The panellists at Council are informed by the Officers of the Students' Union, different Student Reps and also any student who wants to come along to the meeting and add to the discussion.
Union Council Dates 2020-21
All students are welcome to come along to speak, discuss and listen. We encourage students to arrive promptly for Union Council as it is at the discretion of the facilitators to allow late entry.
Please bring your Student ID to Union Council as you may be refused entry without it.
- Union Council #1: Thursday 19 November 2020 – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Council to be conducted online via Microsoft Teams. If you wish to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Union Council #2: Tuesday 23 February 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Council to be conducted online via Microsoft Teams. If you wish to attend, please email email@example.com.
- Union Council #3: TBD
You can also follow Union Council live on Twitter - @UoNSUMakeChange
Submitting an idea or motion
Motions for Union Council must be submitted no later than ten days before the date of the meeting at which they are to be presented.
It is recommended that students who wish to submit motions meet with an Officer or a member of the Students' Union's Representation Development team to discuss how best to research, write and present the idea.
Please contact a member of the Representation Development Team for help with this.
You can also read up on some tips around submitting and writing a motion for council.