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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 on changes to our policies, our constitution, or the major issues we raise to the University! All students can come along, pose a motion, or apply to vote.


What is Council? Attend Council Agenda & Documents Propose Motion

Council Dates

  • 09 Dec 2021, 5:15pm
  • 10 Feb 2022, 5:15pm
  • 17 Mar 2022, 5:15pm
  • 19 May 2022, 5:15pm

What is 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 on changes to our policies, our constitution, or the major issues we raise to the University! You can also keep up-to-date with what your elected Sabbatical Officers are up to and scrutinise the work that they do.  

Whilst anyone can attend Council to voice their opinions, there are 74 voting spaces at the Student Council. 8 places are allocated to selected students at the first council (Open Voting places), 20 places are allocated for any student wanting to attend (Casual Voting places) and the remainder is allocated for NUSU representatives (Fixed voting places). You can grab yourself a casual voting place below.

If you have an idea about what NUSU should be focusing on and how we could improve, then make sure you propose a motion. It is easy to propose your motion and there is help should you need it. For more information and to propose your motion, head to the Propose a Motion section of the website.


Attend & Vote

All meetings of the Student Council will start at 5.15 pm and last around 90 minutes. This year, all Student Council meetings will be blended with the option to attend in person or virtually. If you would like to vote, but are not one of our 'core councilors' you can register for one of 20 casual voting places below. 

In-Person Location: History Room (Level 2, Students' Union Building)
Virtual Location: Please contact us here to find out the next Zoom code link for the next streamed Council. 


Casual Voting Places: 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. Please note: 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.


Signups


Next Agenda

 

Current Minutes & Motions
Before every Student Council, the motions document is released, and this is your first opportunity to get an overview of what will be discussed and voted over in that session. Before the next council session, we will upload the Motions document for you to view and download.
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Previous Minutes
The full list of previous minutes can all be found here. Minutes are a written record of the conversation and decisions that are made over the course of a Council.

Documents


Propose a Motion

All students have the ability to propose a motion for Student Council. Motions are set out in a particular format so it is easy for those voting to understand what the motion is attempting to change and why. For full guidance on how to submit a motion, follow the link below.

Propose MotionFind Out More