Union Council is your forum to influence the Union and make Students’ Union policy. As a member of the Students’ Union, we encourage you to attend and speak at the Union Council meetings about the things you are passionate about – making positive change to help make life better for Sunderland students. It is also the place to hear from the SU Exec Team on the work they’re doing.
We have a minimum of six meetings a year to give you a voice all year round and the chance to receive regular updates on what we’re doing about your ideas. See dates below and key meeting information.
Union Council meetings are chaired by Paul Sambrooks, the Chair of Union Council, who ensures students are fully able to participate in discussions and involved in student democracy.
Before each Union Council meeting, students new to Union Council can attend training to understand what Union Council is, how you can influence and ask questions, and be provided with specific detail about the agenda and items within the papers. Training starts at 4.30pm via Zoom - no sign-up required. For a detailed discussion about Union Council, contact the Policy and Campaigns team.
Union Council's membership consists of students who hold representative roles and represent the wider student voice. These students are able to vote and make decisions on behalf of Union Council. Any student is welcome to attend and speak at an Union Council meeting, however policy decison making can only be made by the membership listed below.
Presidents and Non-Sabbatical Officers
Chairs of Committees
At least 10 School Coordinators & Course Reps (no more than 3 per course)
5 Wellbeing representatives
5 Society leaders 5 Club leaders
No student can hold more than 1 position in any meeting and must declare which position they wish to hold.