Democratic Events

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. 

Meetings will be held on 16 November 2017 and 5 June 2018. Please read below for more information and find out how to submit an item.

All student may attend the 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 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

Got something to raise at Student Council or AMM? 

There are two ways of submitting an item or issue for discussion at Student Council or AMM:

1. Complete an idea form.
2. Email the Chair at

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, Union Affairs Officer and five students elected by Student Council
Voting is currently open for the Chair of Student Council and DSC - check it out here.

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 DSC.