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 8 elected Non-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. The Sabbatical Officers (6 in 2017/18, and 4 thereafter) are also members with speaking and presenting rights, but they do not vote. UBU's elected delegates for the National Union of Students (NUS) Conference also attend.


Council meetings

  • Any member of UBU (which includes every current student who has not actively 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 General Meetings (and Annual General Meeting) 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.


Submit an idea to Council

Anyone can put an idea to UBU Council through a "motion". To understand how to create an effective motion, please visit Student Voice (the green area in UBU!) where the Council Advisory Committee will work with you to gather evidence, build a team of volunteers, and arrive at a series of resolutions that UBU can effectively work towards and achieve. Then your motion goes to the meeting to be debated and democratically voted on, after which, if approved, it becomes our policy for five years.

You can discuss a proposed motion by contacting the Council Advisory Committee. There is a deadline for submission to meetings of a full week beforehand, but we urge you to get in touch well before that so we can help you as described above. Motions must have a proposer and seconder, and fifteen "assenters" — who agree to its being discussed (but need not neccessarily agree with the content). All must be current UBU students and provide their UB number.

The Council Advisory Committee has the task of setting the agenda for meetings, and may advise you about ways of making your motion effective. It must also veto any motions which would be illegal, impossible, or bring us into disrepute, in line with our governance as a Charity.


What does a UBU Council member do?

  • UBU Council members are the people that collectively decide the policy of UBU.
  • The primary role is representation — of you, the students.
  • Each councillor may also join committees, which work closely on campaigning and elections, amongst others.
  • They debate and set our policies and review the activity of the Executive Officers.


Council members for 2018/19

Preett Shokar   Chair
Matthew Bulman   Exec: LGBT
Itannaola Michael Alakija   Exec: BME
Rafic Sukar   Exec: Disabilities
Omair Alam   Exec: Inclusion
Maria Battul   Exec: Women
Gemma Jackson   Exec: PostGrad
Stavros Giotis   Exec: International
Ismail Amin   Exec: Enviro&Ethics
    Exec: RAG
Awais Ahmed   Lay
Afzhan Ali   Lay
Arslaan Hussain   Lay
Sarish Khan   Lay
Samera Shabir   Lay
Linda Andriksone   Lay
Asha Hussain   Lay
Ryan Bryan   Activities Chair
Elina Kaha   Activities C.Rep
Ayman Malik   Activities C.Rep
Peter Anderson   Sports Chair
Emelia Quinn   Sports C.Rep
Edward Cook   Sports C.Rep
    Faculty Chair
    Faculty Rep
    Faculty Rep
Faiz Ilyas   Student Affairs
Sham Khan   Education
Ummer Yasin   Community&Activities
Hamza Ahmed   Sports&Wellbeing
Maria Battul   NUS delegate (W)
Ismail Amin   NUS delegate

Council timetable for 2018/19

Please note that each set of minutes is draft until approved at the following meeting.

Also note that one of these meetings (to be confirmed) will be held in Bradford City Chambers, and the start time for this will change to 5:30 p.m.

First semester

  1. Monday 29th October, 6:00 p.m. Venue TBC.
  2. Tuesday 13th November, 6:00 p.m. Venue TBC.
  3. Wednesday 5th December, 6:00 p.m. Venue TBC.

Second semester

  1. Thursday 24th January, 6:00 p.m. Venue TBC.
  2. Monday 11th February, 6:00 p.m. Venue TBC.
  3. Tuesday 5th March, 6:00 p.m. Venue TBC.
  4. Wednesday 3rd April, 6:00 p.m. Venue TBC.


Council meeting documents

UBU members are welcome to consult the minutes of previous Council meetings. Please email to request these. We hope to make them all available directly online in the future.