UBU Council is the chief elected, decision-making body within UBU.

  • UBU Council directs and monitors our campaigning and representation work. It can initiate adjustments to the Constitution, approve or reject motions (which may define policy or call for action), and sets up committees for specific tasks.
  • It also oversees the work of the elected officers and – together with General Meetings – holds them to account. All decisions are governed by its By-Laws (see Governance).
  • It consists of 9 elected councillors ("lay members"), the 9 elected Non-Sabbatical Officers, the 6 elected Sabbatical Officers, 2 Faculty Representatives, and 2 voting representatives from the areas with devolved powers such as UBU Sports, UBU Societies, and UBU Media. The Chairs (a.k.a. Vice-Presidents) of the areas also attend, in a non-voting capacity. UBU's elected delegates for the National Union of Students (NUS) Conference also attend.

Get involved! In September-October 2017 we have elections for a Postgraduate Students' Officer, and for 2 delegates to the National Union of Students' Annual Conference. Nominate yourself here, or drop in to the Student Voice offices in Student Central to find out more.

Council meetings

  • Any member of UBU (including any student who has not opted out) can attend a Council meeting and ask the Chair for permission to speak. Only the elected delegates can vote. (This is the key difference from the termly General Meetings, at which everyone can vote.)
  • Union Council meets a minimum of 4 times per semester. It gives all Officers the chance to interact, learn and develop in their roles, and everyone the opportunity to know what each officer is doing and to hold them accountable.
  • Motions can be submitted by any group of UBU students. These must include a proposer, seconder, and fifteen "assenters" (just students who agree the motion should be discussed — their assent is not a "vote" for the motion, so it's okay to ask all your friends to be your assenters!). The motion must be sent to Council Advisory Committee via the Chair of Council, or the Union Affairs Officer, or the Democracy & Campaigns Assistant, (a staff member in the Student Voice office). To find out more about that and other by-laws, and the deadlines for submission, please get in touch at the earliest opportunity. We will try to help you get your business ready for the next available Council. As a rule-of-thumb, the deadline is 5 working days before Council, but you are advised to never leave it until this last minute, because the Council Advisory Committee will try to assist you with any technical problems if you give them enough time to do so.


What does a UBU Council member do?

  • UBU Council members are the people that collectively decide the policy of UBU. The Council is complemented by General Meetings of all students and the Annual General Meeting.
  • The primary role of a Councillor at UBU is that of representation.
  • Each councillor may join a committee, which indicates the predominant area in which they work. These committees include campaigning and elections, amongst others.
  • Councillors are responsible for dealing with the Union’s representational and campaigning activity.
  • They debate and agree the union policies and review the activity of the Executive Officers and hold them to account.


Council timetable for 2017-18

First semester

Thursday 28th September, 6:00 p.m. Reconvened continuation of the meeting of Monday 18th. Venue: Student Central. Minutes

Thursday 19th October, 6:00 p.m. Venue: UPDATED VENUE: Richmond D2

Tuesday 14th November, 5:30 p.m. Venue: Bradford City Council Chambers

Thursday 14th December, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Norcroft Centre Lounge

Second semester

Thursday 25th January, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Student Central

Thursday 15th February, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Richmond D2

Thursday 15th March, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Richmond D2

Thursday 26th April, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Student Central


Council Meeting minutes (notes of what was said & done) from last academic year, 2016-17

First semester

29th September

18th October

17th November

8th December

Second semester

26th January

27th February @ Bradford Council Chambers

23rd March — you can also listen to this meeting here.

3rd May