NUSU is run by students, for students and Student Council is an important part of the decision making structure at NUSU.
How can you get involved?
Just Turn Up
Every single Newcastle University student is welcome to attend Student Council and everyone who attends can ask questions of their elected Officers, hear about what NUSU are working on or to debate the hot issues of the day. Come along and get involved!
The first Student Council of the year will take place on Thursday 19th October 2017 from 5.15pm and we will be in the History Room, 1st Floor NUSU. Details of other meeting dates are here
Write and Submit a Motion
Even without a vote, you can set the tone of the debate. If there's something you want your Students' Union to focus on, or something you want to change at NUSU, then you can submit a motion which will be discussed and voted on. Hopefully you find submitting a motion easy and simple; you can email any questions to Gocouncil.firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are 62 Student Council voting positions offered to students from all areas of university life. Eight of these are reserved as open spaces for any interested student. Students are elected to these open places at the first meeting of Student Council of the year. You can also take one of our 20 casual places available and become a voting member at Council. Click here to find out more.
I've been told I'm now a member of Student Council. What do I do now?
First of all, congratulations! Being a member of Student Council is a great opportunity to influence NUSU and represent the views of the students.
While the full details of your role will be covered in training you receive, the most important tasks you have to do are turn up to Council meetings and read the papers for those meetings. If you can't turn up, please send your apologies to Angela let us know before the meeting. You will receive all the important information about training and meeting dates to your email inbox.
Does Student Council have an impact?
Because of Student Council, NUSU:
- Opposed changes to international student VISAs
- Implemented a Safe Drinking Policy
- Banned initiations and bar crawls to protect the welfare of students
- Lobbied the University to divest in companies involved in fossil fuel
- Created provision to ensure zero tolerance to sexual harassment and diversity training for all involved in NUSU events
- Lobbied the University to scrap their zero tolerance approach to drug use in halls. This has changed the priority, when students are found with drugs in their rooms, to harm reduction and student welfare.
For more information about Student Council and how the meetings work, download our Rough Guide to Council.
Rough Guide to Council