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Union Council is Hallam Students' Union's highest decision-making body. Its members are Hallam students who have been elected in campus-wide elections to represent particular issues or groups, or just the general student population.

Council Agenda

Full Agenda for 23/04/21 meeting - TBA.

Full agenda from the 10/03/21 meeting.
Minutes from the 10/03/2021 meeting.
Listen to the audio recording of the last meeting.

The policies discussed at the meeting were:

  • Rent Strikes at SHU

Full policy proposals can found in the agenda.

If you have feedback or opinions on any of the above proposed policies, you can contact d.boocock@shu.ac.uk with your comments. Let us know you would like your comments forwarded on to any specific reps/officers (see list below) - if not they will be provided to the Council as a whole.

All students are welcome to attend Union Council sessions, though we ask that you let us know in advance so we can add your attendance to the minutes, as well as send you over the Zoom link.

Council Members 2020/21

 Union Council Chair: Shawn Perrie  Open Space Rep: Zainab Ata
 President: Andrew Adegbola  Open Space Rep: Lauren Phillips
 Social Sciences and Arts College Officer: Laith Jaafar  Open Space Rep: Emmanual Ekechukwu
 Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences College Officer: George Alvey  Open Space Rep: Michael Dixon
 Business, Technology and Engineering College Officer: Praise Ishola  Open Space Rep: Gabrielle Willis
 Wellbeing, Sport and Phsyical Activity Officer: Hannah Prestwich  Open Space Rep: Aidah Shah
 International Students' Officer: Diya Babu  
 Disabled Students' Rep: Abbie Smyth  
 Womens' Rep: Kelly Dixon  
 LGBTQIA+ Students' Rep: Bailey Sedgwick  Your Union Zone Chair: Vacant
 BME Students' Rep: Ryia Bernard-Jones  Your Union Zone Vice Chair: Vacant
 Postgraduate Rep: Tom Akin  Education Zone Chair: Vacant
 Part-Time Students' Rep: Harshal Anand Pati  Education Zone Vice-Chair: Vacant
 Mature Students' Rep: Vacant  Your Community Zone Chair: Vacant


Frequently Asked Questions

Who represents me on Union Council?

Every student is represented by the five full-time officers, a representative for their academic faculty, and the six open space representatives. If you belong to one or more student demographics or groups, you may also have particular representation for these. If you have an issue or concern, it's best to address it to the representative/s who are most closely linked to the area concerned.

What power does Council have?

Union Council is the highest decision-making body at the Students' Union, with power to decide our stance on political issues, what projects we should focus our time and resources on, and how we should run as an organisation. If you want to make change, Union Council is the best place to bring your ideas - you can send them to a Council member, or to d.boocock@shu.ac.uk and we'll advise you on what to do next.

How could I become a Council member?

All Council members are elected in campus elections. The next one will take place in Autumn 2019, when 12 seats on Council will be elected. These include the six open space positions (which any student can stand for), and representatives for Postgraduates (Taught), Postgraduates (Research), Student Parents and Carers, Disabled Students, Part-Time Students, Trans Students, and SSH Faculty students. If you're interested in running for one of these roles and being on Council next academic year, register your interest here and we'll be in touch with more information.

Can I complain about or change a Council decision?

Policies passed by Council cannot be changed until the next academic year - so if there's something you're unhappy with, consider taking part in the Autumn elections and you could work to change it next year! (Or contact next year's representatives to request the change to be made). If you have a complaint or concern about any other aspect of Council or its members decisions, let us know and we'll advise you of your options.