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. If you have an idea for a motion the deadline to submit it is Thursday the 28th of May. You can submit an idea online, but please contact the Student Voice team if you'd like help with this.
All students may attend student council meetings and bring forward ideas but only eligible members can vote, these include; Society Presidents, Sports Club Captains, Course and Faculty Reps, JCR Presidents, Chairs of Networks and Student Trustees.
The next Student Council will be held online, on Thursday 18th June 2020 from 4 pm onwards.
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 in second term 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.
This year's AMM took place on 25 February 2020 5.30pm onwards.
Click attending on the Facebook event here!
Motions (in the confirmed order):
Support Student Rent Strikes (PASSED)
Network Terms of Reference Alignment (PASSED)
Please contact us with any access needs for the meeting.
See you on the 25th for pizza and policy making!
The minutes of the meeting can be found here.
Motions in the order of how they were discussed:
1. Give Volunteers a Voice (PASSED)
5. Support Student Housing Cooperatives (PASSED)
6. Support the Student Climate Strikes (PASSED)
8. Sanctuary Scholarship Legal Fund (PASSED)
9. Ensuring Inclusive and Safe Student Groups (PASSED)
11. Bristol SU to run an official Global Health short course (NOT DISCUSSED)
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
The Motion Template has loads of guidance to help you get started, but you can also use our additional guidance or contact us if you would like more support. 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?
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; Abbie Jessop, Union Affairs Officer; Julio and five students elected by Student Council - voting is currently live.
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 student trustees.
To see the active policy that was passed in the last three years and the stages that policy is at please visit the Officers pages. Each Officer covers a remit so if you are looking for a certain policy it will fall under one of the six officers. Please contact us if you can not find it. You can also view minutes from the last three years at the bottom of this page.
Minutes for previous Student Councils:
2015/16 - Policy Lapsed
June Student Council 2016
March Student Council 2016
January Student Council 2016
December Student Council 2015
October Student Council 2015
2014/15 - Policy Lapsed
June Student Council 2015
March Student Council 2015
January Student Council 2015
December Student Council 2014
October Student Council 2014
Minutes for previous AMMs