What is Student Council?
Student Council is key to decision making at NUSU, and it’s where you get to help shape how your Students’ Union is run. Not only does Student Council decide some of the campaigns and events that we run and support, but it’s also where we decide you can change our policies, our constitution, or the major issues we raise to the University. You can also keep up-to-date with what your elected NUSU Officers are up to and scrutinise the work that they do. To see what motions have been voted on in the past, or see what motions are currently in discussion, head here.
At Student Council, attendees can also put themselves forward to be members of NUSU Committees or take up specific roles at NUSU. See which committees you can put yourself forward for here.
When does it take place?
Student Council takes place six times a year (and currently operating on a virtual basis via zoom). All meetings take place from 5.15 pm on a Thursday and each meeting lasts for around 90 minutes. November's meeting is the second meeting of the year and will take place at 5.15pm on 26 November. Click here for a list of times, dates, and locations for this year’s Student Council meetings.
How can I take part?
Council is open to all students and all attendees can voice their opinions on the motions. However, to vote, you need to have a formal voting place. If you don’t currently have a voting space (These voting spaces are usually reserved for NUSU Officers or those elected by the relevant executive committees, for example, Societies Exec and Education Exec.) then please e:mail here to receive the Zoom joining details by 5pm on Wednesday 25 November.
I can’t attend but want to keep up-to-date?
Like the NUSU Your Voice Facebook page and look out for NUTV’s live stream.
How can I gain a voting place?
There are a few options.
Open Voting Places
Students are elected to the 8 Open Places at the first Student Council meeting of the year and those who are elected into position have the voting place for all six meetings for that academic year. However, there is still one Open Place to be elected at November's meeting, so if you are interested then please e:mail here to receive the Zoom joining details by 5pm on Wednesday 25 November. If you cannot attend, but you would still like to put your name forward, you can do so by e:mailing here by 5pm on Wednesday 25th November, stating that you are interested in an Open Place a few lines on why you are interested in this position.
Casual Voting Places
The 20 Casual Voting places are allocated to students that sign-up (using the sign-up below) for each individual council meeting.
Each Student Council meeting holds 20 Casual Places which will be made available to any student who wishes to attend that particular meeting and vote. If you would like to apply for a casual place, complete the sign-up form below (you will need to log in to the website first). The deadline for applying for a Casual Place is 48 hours before each meeting, so usually the Tuesday before at 5pm. If more than 20 students register for a Casual Place, places will be allocated using a random number generator and you will be notified by email by 12 noon the day before Council to let you know if you have/haven’t been allocated a place.
if any student who has been allocated a Casual Place doesn’t turn up by the start of the meeting or there are some places unallocated, these places will be re-allocated, so always worth joining the meeting and seeing if there is a voting place up for grabs at the start.