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Student Council

What is Student Council?

Student Council is your Unions highest student decision making body. It is where your ideas and motions are discussed, debated and voted on which helps lead the direction of the Union and your Student Officers. 

When is the next Student Council Meeting?
Student Council Meeting (19-20 (1))
Meeting Room 2 (SUHQ)
The first Student Council meeting of the year and your first chance to get your ideas and motions debated and started to be made a reality. This Student Council will also decide what will go to the first All Student Vote of the year. Make Your Mark!

Who attends Student Council?

Any student can attend Student Council and voice their opinions on the topics being discussed. However, Council has 25 set members who are expected to attend each meeting. They are the:

  • Chair and Deputy Chair of Student Council

  • Full-Time Student Officers (Find out more about your Student Officers by clicking here)

  • Part-Time Student Officers (Find out more about your Student Officers by clicking here)

  • Chairs of SU Execs (Read more about your SU Execs below)

These 25 members are voting member which means that they are the only ones in Student Council meetings that can cast votes on the matters being discussed. However, Student Council when deciding on your ideas and motions can choose to send it to an All Student Vote. This means that every student at Warwick can have their say and vote on the idea/motion.

What are SU Execs?

Student Council has a number of subgroups which we call SU Execs. These Execs are made up of members that you elect to sit on the exec and represent your interests on the area of student life or Union activity that the exec looks after. You can read about each of the different Execs below but all Execs do the following:

  • They discuss, and propose amendments, to motions submitted by students that are being debated at Student Council

  • They support their relevant Student Officer(s) to achieve their manifesto pledges, and any mandated activities, providing them with a different perspective

  • They hold their relevant Student Officer(s) to account ensuring that they are working for the you the students of Warwick

If you have any questions about any of our SU Execs, or how they work, then either contact the Exec or the Democracy Team how would be happy to help.

Academic Council is a subgroup of Student Council and is made up of your Education Officer, Postgraduate Officer and Faculty Representatives. It is a forum to discuss, debate and vote on the issues that impact your academic experience at Warwick, providing direction to enacting change and co-creating education.

Academic Council ensures that your academic interests are effectively represented in both the Union and the University. The members of Academic Council support and empower Course Reps to achieve the best for their cohort and work collectively to ensure that your voice is heard at a faculty and university level.

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Democracy Exec is a subgroup of Student Council and is made up of your Democracy & Development Officer and 6 directly elected members, as well as the Returning Officer and Chair of Council.

Democracy Exec is responsible for ensuring the Unions Democratic processes are followed so that students can have their voice heard. The Exec support students in the development of motions and steer these to other relevant execs for comments and amendments.

The Democracy Exec helps the Democracy & Development Officer with their manifesto pledges and policy mandates, and holds the Officer to account to ensure they are working for students.

Development Exec is a subgroup of Student Council and is made up of your Democracy & Development Officer, Environment and Ethics Officer, and 6 directly elected members.

Development Exec ensure the Union's commercial activities are in the interests of students, for example through encouraging sustainable practices, and decide on the allocation of funding from a number of funding pots.

The Development Exec helps the Democracy & Development Officer with their manifesto pledges and policy mandates, and holds the Officer to account to ensure they are working for students.

Liberation & Diversity Exec is a subgroup of Student Council and is made up of your Part-Time Liberation & Diversity Officers and the President.

The Exec work in the interests of liberation groups through running campaigns and lobbying the University for change.

Postgraduate Experience Exec is a subgroup of Student Council and is made up of your Postgraduate Officer, 2 directly elected Postgraduate Taught students, and 2 directly elected Postgraduate Research students and 2 directly elected Postgraduate Open spaces.

Postgraduate Experience Exec review and discuss issues and topics relating specifically to the Postgraduate Experience at Warwick, and support the Postgraduate Officer in acheiving manifesto pledges and policy mandates.

Societies Exec is a subgroup of Student Council and is made up of your Societies Officer and 8 directly elected members.

Societies Exec lead on and discuss topics to support Societies at Warwick and approve new societies and emergency funding bids.

They support the Societies Officer in their role and hold them to account to ensure they are working for students.

Sports Exec is a subgroup of Student Council and is made up of your Sports Officer and 8 directly elected members.

Sports Exec lead on and discuss topics to support Sport at Warwick and help organise sporting events and campaigns such as Varsity and Reshaping Sport.

They support the Sports Officer in their role and hold them to account to ensure they are working for students.

Welfare Exec is a subgroup of Student Council and is made up of your Welfare & Campaigns Officer, 2 Mental Health Awareness Campaign Representatives and 6 directly elected members.

Welfare Exec lead on and discuss issues affecting student welfare at Warwick, from accommodation to sexual health.

They support the Welfare & Campaigns Officer in their role and hold them to account to ensure they are working for students.

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