The format and appropriateness of Birkbeck Students' Union Council may come under review under the current Union restructure and governance review. At present, BBKSU Council meets at least once per term and is the largest regular meeting of student representatives, in it's current format it can be understood as the following....
Student Council is made up of elected Student Councilors and is the major policy making body of the Students' Union. Any student (who has not opted out of Students' Union membership) is able to submit motions or policy to Council. Elected members of Council vote on whether or not the motions become Students' Union policy. Each of the officers elected in the Autumn term elections has a seat on Students' Union council and shape the policy and direction of the Students' Union. Council is also a chance to hear what the Students' Officers who run the Students' Union have been doing.
Student Council is when all your elected student representatives and Officers formally meet to shape the work of Birkbeck Students' Union. Our democratic procedures require these meetings to ensure that elected officers are in contact & have the opportunity to comment & vote on SU business.
Student Council is constituted as per our standing orders. The majority of the council membership is elected through cross campus ballot, in elections that provide all students with the opportunity to run for positions and/or vote for their preferred representatives; a few positions are appointed (positions are often eligible for co-option through the year if found vacant. If you're interested in joining council, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Birkbeck Students' Union policy can be created through the work of various committees and boards. However Student Council is the formal opportunity for all Birkbeck students to submit their ideas for consideration, and for students to shape policy. Proposals are formatted as motions that will be debated and then voted upon by council members. If a motion passes, the relevant policy & procedures will be created or amended where possible. Popular ideas on the student voice submission page will also be considered where time allows.
Student Council will also vote on dated policy that is due to expire to decide whether it is still relevant or should be allowed to lapse. This ensures that live policy reflects current student voice.
Many Student Council meeting agendas will contain topics for general discussion. These topics will be submitted by the SU Executive committee, and popular topics on the ideas page will be added where time allows. Often they are opportunities to inform students of relevant issues and to hear students' opinions and Officer positions on these topics.
Your student officers are elected with a mandate & the responsibility to work for the students they represent. Student Council provides members with the opportunity to hear how officers have spent their Union hours and to vote on whether an acceptable report has been submitted.