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Council

UBU Council — your student voice, leading what your Union does!

  • UBU Council is for all aspects of student life — it's separate from the module-based academic reps known as "Student Representatives".
     
  • Council is how we are "student-led" and keep the experience of students at the heart of our representation, support, & campaigning work.
     
  • It also oversees the work of the elected officers and – together with General Meetings – holds them to account. It's governed by our Constitution (see Governance).
     
  • It has 24 voting members:
    • 9 councillors without specific portfolio ("lay members")
    • 9 Executive Officers (each with specific responsibilities)
       
    • Up to 3 representatives from the Faculty Representatives
    • Up to 3 representatives of UBU Sports Assembly
    • Up to 3 representatives of UBU Activities Assembly
       
  • Also part of Council are these non-voting members:
    • The Chair of Council
    • All 4 full-time Sabbatical Officers

 

Council meetings

  • Any member of UBU (which automatically includes every current student who has not actively opted out) can attend a Council meeting. Only the elected members  can vote. This is the key difference from General Meetings (including the AGM) at which everyone votes.
     
  • UBU Council meets at least 3 times per semester.

 

Submit an idea to Council

Any UBU student can put an idea to Council through a "motion". We are a student-led organisation, and this is the strongest way to put your ideas to the democratic test.

Please note, we are a Charity bound by Charity laws! So to ensure motions are achievable and fit our existing policies, Council Advisory Committee checks them. If there are concerns about legality or achievability of a motion we will work with you to fine-tune it and make it a realistic proposition. We can try to gather evidence in support of your point, build a team of volunteers (because someone is going to have to carry out the policy!), and arrive at resolutions that UBU can effectively work towards and achieve. Then your motion goes to the meeting to be debated and voted on, after which, if approved, it is our policy for 5 years.

The deadline for submission is a week before each meeting, but to avoid rejection by the Advisory Committee, we urge you to get in touch before that so we have time help you as described above. Motions must have a proposer and seconder, and fifteen "assenters". Assenters are students who want the motion to be discussed, but need not neccessarily agree with the content. All must be current UBU students and provide their UB number.

 

What does a UBU Council member do?

  • UBU Council members collectively decide the policy of UBU.
     
  • The primary role is representation — of you, students.
     
  • They review the activity of the Executive Officers.

 

Council members for 2020/21 were partly elected last spring but there are places left for the autumn election. YOU can join!

Jona Schmidt   Chair
Vacant!   Exec: LGBT
Vacant!   Exec: BME
Vacant!   Exec: Disabilities
Matthew Bulman   Exec: Inclusion
Vacant!   Exec: Women
Vacant!   Exec: PostGrad
Vacant!   Exec: International
Elina Kaha   Exec: Enviro&Ethics
Lucy Fleming   Exec: RAG
Mary Ozurumba   Lay
Damilola Agbabiaka   Lay
Saram Majid   Lay
Tatenda Nyatoro   Lay
Clavery Allen   Lay
Vacant!   Lay
Vacant!   Lay
Vacant!   Lay
Vacant!   Lay
Vacant!   Activities Rep
Vacant!   Activities Rep
Vacant!   Activities Rep
Vacant!   Sports Rep
Vacant!   Sports Rep
Vacant!   Sports Rep
Vacant!   Faculty Rep
Vacant!   Faculty Rep
Vacant!   Faculty Rep
Samera Shabir   Student Affairs sabb
Abdulraouf Abdussalam   Education sabb
Inshaal Ahmad   Community&Activities sabb
Zain Abdin   Sports&Wellbeing sabb
     

PROVISIONAL Council timetable for 2020/21

Obviously all rather disrupted due to lockdown, we will be publishing dates once they have been finalised. Meetings will be online in the first instance, and we will make special arrangements for any non-members wishing to observe (so please ask).

 

Council meeting documents

UBU members are welcome to consult the minutes of previous Council meetings. Please email ubu-counciladvisory@bradford.ac.uk to request these. We plan to make them all available directly online in the future, following our forthcoming website revamp. For now, they are available through Sharepoint for all Council members.

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