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.
The last Union Council meeting did not meet quoracy, so an informal discussion took place instead, meaning the below agenda was not addressed and policies were not voted on.
They will be revisited at the next Council session, date and time to be confirmed.
Previous Council meeting minutes
The policies submitted for discussion are:
Referenda Proposal and Elections
Mature Students as a Liberation Group
Support for Disabled Students
Education is a Right
Supporting BAME Students Means Supporting Black History Month
Culturally Competent Care for all Students
Cost and Conditions of Student Housing
Stand Up to Islamophobia
If you have feedback or opinions on any of the above proposed policies, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ensure the venue will be large enough!
Council Members 2018/19
| Union Council Chair: Abubakar Mohammed
|| Postgraduate Rep: Kathy Davies
| President: Abdullah Okud
|| Part-Time Students' Rep: Lydia McGuinness
| Activities Officer: Bethany Howden
|| Mature Students' Rep: Steph Ingram
| Education Officer: Sheriff Muhammed
|| Open Space Rep: Abdi Hassan
| Welfare & Community Officer: Nabeela Mowlana
|| Open Space Rep: Catherine Frimpomaa
| BME Students' Rep: Shama Abdulla
|| Open Space Rep: Jingze Liu
| Disabled Students' Rep: Sinem Salman
|| Open Space Rep: Kaz Gipson
| LGBT+ Students' Rep: Kirstie Rutter
|| Open Space Rep: Oscar Ward
| Women's Rep: Gabby Willis
|| Open Space Rep: Will Evanson
| Interntional Students' Rep: Goodlkuck Oguzie
|| Societies Committee Chair: Claire Sawyers
| HWB Faculty Rep: Elena Georgiou
|| Volunteering Committee Chair: Sophie Kirkham
| STA Faculty Rep: Chloe Massey
|| Education Forum Chair: Clare Hines
| SSH Faculty Rep: Adam Woodward
|| Education Forum Vice-Chair: Kelly Dixon
| SBS Faculty Rep: Post currently 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 email@example.com 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.