Student Council

The previous Meeting:

The last meeting of Student Council this academic year took place on the 5th June 2017. 

The following items were discussed:


Minutes for meetings 2016-17:

5th June 2017
21st March 2017
Click here to find out more about the  AMM in February 2017
26th January 2017
27th October 2016.


What happens at Student Council?

Student Council is the primary representative forum of the Students' Union. It creates policy and directs elected officers and representatives to focus on specific issues and campaigns related to students' experiences at university. Student Council is led by an elected Chair and guided by a Democratic Standards Committee (DSC) that makes sure it is running democratically and is fair and accessible for all students.At Student Council, members discuss and vote on items submitted by students and hear reports from elected officers.

What happens to an idea:

How to submit an item for discussion 

There are two options for submitting an item or issue to discuss at Student Council (or at the Annual Members' Meeting):

  1. Complete an idea form - if this passes it becomes policy for 3 years
  2. Email the Chair with your idea or a discussion point - this could be a question you want feedback on about a controversial topic relating to students

When submitting an idea you should consider the following questions and use our guidance if you want to make sure your idea is something Bristol SU can work on.
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?

After you contact the Chair, your proposed idea will be reviewed by the Democratic Standards Committee who set the agenda for the meeting and you will be informed whether your idea/motion will be heard at the meeting or referred to a more suitable option next. 

Minutes from the last three years (active policy)

Here are the minutes from last three years meetings:

Members of Student Council

Any student is welcome to attend Student Council, and submit an item for discussion. Every student is represented at the meeting through at least one of their elected representatives, who are the voting members of Student Council and are invited to contribute according to the wishes of the students that they represent. Voting members of Student Council include:

  • Society Presidents
  • Sports Club Captains
  • Course Representatives
  • Senate Representatives
  • JCR Presidents
  • Executives (RAG, Volunteering, Societies, Sport, Media)
  • Members of the Democratic Standards Committee
  • Full-time Elected Officers
  • Part-time Elected Officers

The Democratic Standards Committee

The DSC includes:

  • The Chair of Student Council - Chante Joseph
  • The Union Affairs Officer - Jamie Cross

and five elected students from Student Council. 

DSC is responsible for ensuring that Bristol SU's structures and democracy are accessible, fair and productive for all students. The DSC also sets the agenda for each Student Council meeting, and the Annual Members' Meeting, deciding which items should be discussed, how, and in what order. 

When necessary, the DSC may determine that a formal motion is unnecessary, or an item is better discussed by a different group - at a liberation forum, for example, or via an all-student referenda.

Standing Committee

Standing Commitee is another sub committee of student council, it's members include: Full time officers, Part time officers, Chairs of Execs, Student Trustees, Senate Reps and the DSC.

The Standing Committee is responsible for scrutinising the actions of the Full Time officers and developing issues, proposals and motions as directed by Student Council. The Standing Committee should also report to Student Council on the activities of other democratic events and conferences such as the Liberation Forums.