UBU Council — your student voice, leading what we do!

  • 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 "Student Voice" 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 Faculty Representatives from the Academic Affairs Assembly
    • Up to 3 representatives of UBU Sports Assembly
    • Up to 3 representatives of UBU Activities Assembly
  • Also part of Council are 8 non-voting members:
    • The Chair of Council
    • All 4 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 actually achievable and fit within our existing policies, Council Advisory Committee checks motions. 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 we urge you to get in touch before that so we can help you as described above. Motions must have a proposer and seconder, and fifteen "assenters" — students who sign up that they agree to its being 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 2019/20 will be elected in September / October! Ask us about standing!!

    Exec: LGBT
    Exec: BME
    Exec: Disabilities
    Exec: Inclusion
    Exec: Women
    Exec: PostGrad
    Exec: International
    Exec: Enviro&Ethics
    Exec: RAG
    Activities Rep
    Activities Rep
    Activities Rep
    Sports Rep
    Sports Rep
    Sports Rep
    Faculty Rep
    Faculty Rep
    Faculty Rep
Samera Shabir   Student Affairs sabb
Ayman Malik   Education sabb
Awais Ahmed   Community&Activities sabb
Zain   Sports&Wellbeing sabb

PROVISIONAL Council timetable for 2019/20

Venues all yet to be confirmed. All meetings will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays unless stated otherwise.

First semester

  1. 17th October
  2. 7th November
  3. 12th December

Second semester

  1. 30th January
  2. 13th February
  3. 19th March
  4. 23rd April


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. For now, they are available through Sharepoint for all Council members.