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Democratic Events

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The next democratic meeting:

Meeting type: Student Council
When: Tuesday 20 November 2018 - 6:15pm start - 5:30pm doors
Where: Anson Rooms, Bristol SU
Who: Student reps can vote on motions at this meeting (see below for list of reps). All students can bring forward motions and speak for or against motions. 
Facebook event: coming soon
Questions: email
Next steps: submit a motion - see below - deadline midday 30 October 2018

Previous Policy:

To see the active policy that was passed in the last three years and the stages that policy is at please visit the Officers pages. Each Officer covers a remit so if you are looking for a certain policy it will fall under one of the six officers. Please contact us if you can not find it. You can also view minutes from the last three years at the bottom of this page.

Types of meetings:

Student Council 

Student Council is the primary representative forum of the Students' Union. It creates policy which directs the focus of the elected officers. Members discuss and vote on items (motions) submitted by students. Any items (motions) that pass become active SU policy for three years. The next Student Council will be on 20 Novemeber 2018 and the second one on 11 June 2019. 

All students may attend student council meetings and bring forward ideas but only eligible members can vote, these include:

  • Society Presidents

  • Sports Club Captains

  • Course and Faculty Reps

  • JCR Presidents

  • Chairs of Networks

  • Student Trustees

AMM (Annual Members' Meeting)

The Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) is the Students’ Union’s largest democratic event. Any student can attend and vote! AMM takes place once a year and like Student Council, this meeting is an opportunity to pass policy and hold the Full-time Officers to account. Any items (motions) that pass become active SU policy for three years. This years AMM was held on 19 February 2019.

Got something to raise at Student Council or AMM? 

There are three ways of submitting an item or issue for discussion at Student Council or AMM:
1. Complete an Idea Form
2. Complete the Motion Template and email it to 
3. Email the Chair at asking for support

Motion submission deadline for the next meeting which is the firstStudent Council of the Year is midday on Tuesday 30 October 2018.

Before doing so, use our guidance to help you make your idea appropriate and relevant. You might also want to consider the following questions:

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?

Please get in touch with any questions: email

The Democratic Standards Committee (DSC)

The DSC ensures that Bristol SU's structures and democracy are accessible, fair and productive for all students. The committee also sets the agenda for each Student Council and AMM.
The DSC may decide that a motion is unnecessary, or an item is better discussed by a different group. For example, at a Network forum, or via an all-student referendum.
The DSC includes the Chair of Student Council; Zoe Backhouse, Union Affairs Officer; Stan Ford and five students elected by Student Council. Elections are currently live so check out the role! 

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee scrutinises the actions of the Full-time officers. It also develops proposals and motions as directed by Student Council. This committee reports to Student Council about other democratic events and conferences.
The Standing Committee includes the full time officers, chairs of networks, faculty reps and student trustees.

+ Information about previous AMMs and Student Councils

Minutes for previous Student Councils:

2017/18 - Policy Active
June Student Council 2018
November Student Council 2017

2016/17 - Policy Active
June Student Council 2017
March Student Council 2017
January Student Council 2017
October Student Council 2016

2015/16 - Policy Active
June Student Council 2016
March Student Council 2016
January Student Council 2016
December Student Council 2015
October Student Council 2015

2014/15 - Policy Lapsed
June Student Council 2015
March Student Council 2015
January Student Council 2015
December Student Council 2014
October Student Council 2014

Minutes for previous AMMs