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The next democratic meeting:

Meeting type: Student Council
When: Tuesday 5 June 2018 - 4:15pm start - 4pm doors
Where: Anson Rooms, Bristol SU
Who: Student reps can vote on motions at this meeting (see below for list of reps). All students can bring forward motions and speak for or against motions. 
Facebook event: click here
Questions: email
Next steps: please vote in the priority ballot and email any amendments by midday Monday 4th June

Agenda for Student Council 5th June:

- Welcome
- Officer accountability
- Ratification of motions from AMM and Student Council
- Rolled over motions from AMM
- New motions
- Notices

Ratification of motions from AMM and Student Council:

From November 2017 Student Council:

4. New Year, New Tactic
5. Approving Bristol SU networks standing mandates
- click here to see standing mandates
6. Accommodating Students of Faith

From Feb 2018 AMM:

1.Bristol SU to Support University Strike Action with amendment
2. Be Mankind Active
3. Prevent Future Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) Groups from Holding Events at the University - motion blocked by trustees and therefore removed from ratification
4. Support Refugee and Asylum Seeker Access to Higher Education
5. Denounce Brexit
6. Increasing inter-faculty open units  
7. Protecting students in nightclubs and bars  


AMM Motions rolled over:

  1. Boycott the border industry on campus 
  2. Establish a Multifaith Network 
    a - Multifaith Network Terms of Reference
    b - Proposed Byelaws - including Multi-Faith Network
  3. Making PG Education Officer accessible to International PG Students 

Student Council Motions:

1. Students need a full-time Welfare Officer
2. Confronting Transmisogyny On Campus
3. To require the SU to support an increase in the budget of the Freedom of Information team at Bristol University
4. 'I AMM not here' - Review AMM
5. Reproductive Justice on campus - Abortion, Maternity and Miscarriage

The last democratic meeting:

The Annual Members meeting on 27 February 2018 was the last democratic meeting at Bristol SU. The meeting was not quorate and therefore the decicions need to be ratified at the next quorate democratic meeting. The decisions will also need approval from the board of trustees prior to being carried out.

Minutes for the meeting will be uploaded here asap.

Motion results:

  1. Bristol SU to Support University Strike Action with amendment - PASSED
  2. Be Mankind Active - PASSED
  3. Prevent Future Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) Groups from Holding Events at the University - PASSED

    Motion 3 Amendment - Failed
  4. Support Refugee and Asylum Seeker Access to Higher Education - PASSED
  5. Denounce Brexit - PASSED
  6. Increasing inter-faculty open units - PASSED
  7. Protecting students in nightclubs and bars - PASSED
  8. Boycott the border industry on campus - to be discussed at the next Student Council - 5th June
  9. Establish a Multifaith Network - to be discussed at the next Student Council - 5th June
    a - Multifaith Network Terms of Reference
    b - Proposed Byelaws - including Multi-Faith Network
  10. Making PG Education Officer accessible to International PG Students - to be discussed at the next Student Council - 5th June

Types of meetings:

Student Council 

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. 

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

  • Student Trustees

AMM (Annual Members' Meeting)

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. This years AMM was held on 27 February 2018.

Got something to raise at Student Council or AMM? 

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 
3. Email the Chair at asking for support

Motion submission deadline for the next meeting which is the last Student Council of the Year (Tuesday 5th June at 4:15pm) is midday on Monday 21st May 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

The Democratic Standards Committee (DSC)

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.

Standing Committee

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.

+ Information about previous AMMs and Student Councils

Last meetings details:

Details of the last Student Council meeting - 16/11/17:

To view the minutes from this meeting click here.

  • Motion results:
  1. Boycott Barclays  - PASSED
  2. To require the SU to host hustings for all full time SU officer positions - PASSED WITH AMENDMENT
  3. Speaker Disinvitation Procedure  - FAILED
  4. To continue to boycott the NSS vs to stop boycotting the NSS - 2 opposing motions to be debated:
    a. NSS Boycott New Motion - continue to boycott the NSS - FAILED
    b. New Year, New Tactics  - stop boycotting the NSS - PASSED
  5. Approving Bristol SU Networks Standing Mandates - Motion - PASSED
    - Standing Mandates for all networks
  6. Accommodating students of faith  - PASSED

    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 


Minutes for previous Student Councils:

5th June 2017
21st March 2017
26th January 2017
27th October 2016

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