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.
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 on a Thursday evening and each meeting lasts for around 90 minutes. February's meeting is them fourth meeting of the year and will take place at 4.45pm on 18 February. Click here for a list of times, dates, and locations for this year’s Student Council meetings.
February's Student Council will feature Professor Chris Day
February's meeting will also start with a 30 minute session with Professor Chris Day (Vice Chancellor and President of Newcastle University), which will be split into into two halves:
- 15 minutes for Chris to talk about the big issues affecting students at this time.
- 15 minutes for Chris to answer questions from students. During the meeting, if you are in attendance, you will have the opportunity to submit a question. From the questions submitted during the meeting your Sabbatical Officers will put to Chris selected questions.
We have limited the time to 30mins with Chris to ensure that the full Student Council meeting that follows does not go over time.
How can I take part?
Student Council, including the session with Professor Chris Day, 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.) and would like to attend then please e-mail here to receive the Zoom joining details by 5pm on Wednesday 17th February
How can I gain a voting place?
You need to sign up for one of 20 Casual Voting. 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.
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.