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 a Council or a General Meeting through a motion. To understand how to create an effective motion, please visit Student Voice (the green area in UBU!) where we 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 also discuss a proposed motion by contacting the elected Union Affairs Officer ( or the supporting staff member, the Democracy and Campaigns Assistant ( 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.


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 timetable for 2017-18

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

First semester

  1. Thursday 28th September, 6:00 p.m. Reconvened continuation of the meeting of Monday 18th @ Emm Lane. Venue: Student Central. Minutes
  2. Thursday 19th October, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Richmond D2. Minutes
  3. Tuesday 14th November, 5:30 p.m. Venue: Bradford City Council Chambers. Minutes
  4. Thursday 14th December, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Norcroft Centre Lounge. Not quorate.

Second semester

  1. Thursday 25th January, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Student Central Mall. Minutes
  2. Thursday 15th February, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Richmond D2
  3. Thursday 22nd March, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Richmond D2.
  4. Thursday 26th April, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Student Central Mall


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

First semester

  1. 29th September
  2. 18th October
  3. 17th November
  4. 8th December

Second semester

  1. 26th January
  2. 27th February
  3. 23rd March — you can also listen to this meeting here.
  4. 3rd May