Democratic Events

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. Meetings will be held on 16 November 2017 and 5 June 2018.

Next meeting:

The next meeting will be at 6:30pm in the Anson Rooms, Bristol SU on 16 November 2017. Please arrive from 6pm to sign in and get all the free pizza!

Click here to see the facebook event.

Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Officer updates 
  • Ratify policy from last year (see list below)
  • Motions:
  1. Boycott Barclays 
  2. To require the SU to host hustings for all full time SU officer positions 
  3. Speaker Disinvitation Procedure 
  4. To continue to boycott the NSS vs to stop boycotting the NSS - 2 opposing motions to be debated:
    a. NSS Boycott New Motion - continue to boycott the NSS
    b. New Year, New Tactics  - stop boycotting the NSS
  5. Approving Bristol SU Networks Standing Mandates - Motion
    - Standing Mandates for all networks
  6. Accommodating students of faith 

You are welcome to submit amendments to any motion but we ask for these to be submitted by midday on Wednesday 15th November - they can be emailed to the Chair of Student Council - bristolsu-council@bristol.ac.uk

If you have any questions or have any accessibility needs for the meeting please do get in touch!


Policy to be ratified:

From Jan 2017 Student Council:
Minutes
Motion 1: More Student Voices: Integrate Voter Registration and Enrolment
Motion 2: Integration in halls

From Feb 2017 AMM:
Minutes
Bristol SU Affiliations - see minutes
Motion 1: Trump the ban
Motion 2: Full-time International Students’ Officer
Motion 3: Fight the HE reforms: Continue to Boycott the National Student Survey - withdrawn for new motion in next meeting 16/11/17
Motion 4: Combating Antisemitism
Motion 5: Reforming 100% assessed modules
Motion 6: Defend migrants and support free movement
Motion 7: Supporting student rent strikes
Motion 8: Bristol University should improve its contribution to Neglected Disease Research

From March 2017 Student Council:
Minutes
Motion 1: Make it policy to have specific accessibility information for events available upfront
Motion 2: Better careers support for Arts Faculty students 
Motion 3: Fight climate change
Motion 4: Canteen for lunch breaks

From June 2017 Student Council:
Minutes
Democracy Review; Networks terms of reference
Motion 1: Anti-Slavery Commemoration 
Motion 2: Effectively countering drug misuse
Motion 3: Keep Bristol venues open
Motion 4: Stop masking the problem 

Student Council Members:

All students may attend the 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.

The next AMM will be held on 27 February 2018

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:
Either...
1. Complete an Idea Form
2. Complete the Motion Template and email it to bristolsu-council@bristol.ac.uk 
3. Email the Chair at bristolsu-council@bristol.ac.uk asking for support

Motion submission deadline for the next meeting which is the Annual Members Meeting on 27 February 2018 is midday on Monday 12 February 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 bristolsu-council@bristol.ac.uk.

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; Hari Sood, Union Affairs Officer; Stan Ford and five students elected by Student Council; Molly Gorman, Ruby Castillo, Hongjia Xu and Tom Parry and one to be elected in a bye-election.

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 DSC.