Student council is the primary representative forum of the Students' Union. It creates policy which directs the focus of the elected officers. Members discuss and vote on items (motions) submitted by students. Any items (motions) that pass become active SU policy for three years. The next Student Council will be on the 5 June 2018.
The Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) is the Students’ Union’s largest democratic event. Any student can attend and vote! AMM takes place once a year and like Student Council, this meeting is an opportunity to pass policy and hold the Full-time Officers to account. Any items (motions) that pass become active SU policy for three years. The next AMM will be held on 27 February 2018.
The next meeting will be the Annual Members Meeting 27 February 2018 in the Anson Rooms, Bristol SU.
Details of the last Student Council meeting - 16/11/17:
Previous policy now ratified:
From Jan 2017 Student Council:
Motion 1: More Student Voices: Integrate Voter Registration and Enrolment
Motion 2: Integration in halls
From Feb 2017 AMM:
Bristol SU Affiliations - see minutes
Motion 1: Trump the ban
Motion 2: Full-time International Students’ Officer
Motion 3: Fight the HE reforms: Continue to Boycott the National Student Survey - withdrawn for new motion in next meeting 16/11/17
Motion 4: Combating Antisemitism
Motion 5: Reforming 100% assessed modules
Motion 6: Defend migrants and support free movement
Motion 7: Supporting student rent strikes
Motion 8: Bristol University should improve its contribution to Neglected Disease Research
From March 2017 Student Council:
Motion 1: Make it policy to have specific accessibility information for events available upfront
Motion 2: Better careers support for Arts Faculty students
Motion 3: Fight climate change
Motion 4: Canteen for lunch breaks
From June 2017 Student Council:
Democracy Review; Networks terms of reference
Motion 1: Anti-Slavery Commemoration
Motion 2: Effectively countering drug misuse
Motion 3: Keep Bristol venues open
Motion 4: Stop masking the problem
All students may attend the meetings and bring forward ideas but only eligible members can vote, these include:
Sports Club Captains
Course and Faculty Reps
Chairs of Networks
There are three ways of submitting an item or issue for discussion at Student Council or AMM:
1. Complete an Idea Form
2. Complete the Motion Template and email it to email@example.com
3. Email the Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org asking for support
Motion submission deadline for the next meeting which is the Annual Members Meeting on 27 February 2018 is midday on Monday 12 February 2018.
Before doing so, use our guidance to help you make your idea appropriate and relevant. You might also want to consider the following questions:
1. Does it advance the education of students at the University of Bristol?
2. Does it further the interests of students as students?
3. Does it reflect the fair allocation of resources between societies?
4. Is it for the public benefit (i.e. would the action benefit enough students)?
5. What would the legal, financial or reputational risks be to Bristol SU if the idea (motion) is approved?
Please get in touch with any questions: email email@example.com.
The DSC ensures that Bristol SU's structures and democracy are accessible, fair and productive for all students. The committee also sets the agenda for each Student Council and AMM.
The DSC may decide that a motion is unnecessary, or an item is better discussed by a different group. For example, at a Network forum, or via an all-student referendum.
The DSC includes the Chair of Student Council; Hari Sood, Union Affairs Officer; Stan Ford and five students elected by Student Council; Molly Gorman, Ruby Castillo, Hongjia Xu and Tom Parry and one to be elected in a bye-election.
The Standing Committee scrutinises the actions of the Full-time officers. It also develops proposals and motions as directed by Student Council. This committee reports to Student Council about other democratic events and conferences.
The Standing Committee includes the full time officers, chairs of networks, faculty reps and DSC.
Minutes for previous Student Councils:
June Student Council 2015/16
March Student Council 2015/16
January Student Council 2015/16
December Student Council 2015/16
October Student Council 2015/16
June Student Council 2014/15
March Student Council 2014/15
January Student Council 2014/15
December Student Council 2014/15
October Student Council 2014/15
Minutes for previous AMMs