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The next democratic meeting:

Meeting type: Student Council
When: 5:15pm Tuesday 11 June 2019 - doors open from 4:45pm for sign in, pizza and prosecco!
Where: Anson Rooms, Bristol SU
Who: All students can attend, debate and vote on motions at this meeting 
Facebook event:
Questions: email

Please read the motions below and VOTE in the priority ballot by midday Friday 7th June.

Email amendments by midday on Tuesday 11 June or if you wish to speak against a motion and why you should be given preference to speaking. Amendments can include adding an action, removing one or editing the meaning of one.

Motions in the final order:

Details of the last meeting; Annual Members Meeting:

Minutes for the AMM will be uploaded here asap.
Motion results:

  1. Declare a Climate Emergency - PASSED - to be ratified
  2. Change the University default search engine to Ecosia  - PASSED - to be ratified
  3. Inclusion of Gender Identity in SU Byelaws - PASSED - to be ratified
  4. Can you at least pretend to care about us? - PASSED - to be ratified
  5. Divesting from Israel's Illegal Occupation of the West Bank - PASSED with an amendment - to be ratified
  6. Protecting Free Speech - FAILED
  7. Ban groups or 'slates' running in the elections - not discussed
  8. I AMM in Favour of Change - not discussed
  9. Motion of No Confidence in NUS President Shakira Martin - not discussed
  10. Two Dedicated Roles in the International Students' Network Committee (EU and Overseas) - not discussed
  11. Make Network Committee Elections Closer to March Elections - not discussed
  12. Create a Parents, Carers and Mature Students' Network - not discussed
  13. Support for Student Workers Through the Couriers Network - not discussed

Student Council November 2018:

Click here to see minutes from the last Student Council - 20/11/18
Policy created:

  1. Changes to Byelaws for the International Students' Officer (including job description and draft of changes to Byelaws)
  2. Support for the Movement Against Immigration Detention and the Hostile Environment 
  3. Man Feelings yearly campaign around male mental health
  4. Give power back to Student Council: Reduce Quoracy by 2%
  5. Regularise the review of the roles of the SU full-time officers
  6. Improving accessibility of societies for students with disabilities
  7. Replacement of Officers following a post being left vacant

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 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 on 26 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 for a democratic meeting is now closed until the next Student Council in November 2019.

The Motion Template has loads of guidance to help you get started, but you can also use our additional guidance or contact us if you would like more support. 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.

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