Union Council (UC) is the core decision making body of the Union and is made up by students who were chosen in our yearly elections.
Union Councillors are part of the main democratic body of Hull University Union. All Student Officers/Presidents and Standing Committees are accountable to Union Council. Union Councillors have the power to mandate change in practice and hold those responsible for decisions to account. Anything that happens in the Union is accountable to Union Council through each zone, and Union Council as a whole.
You can find the papers and minutes for all Union Council meetings here.
Union Council membership represents a wide cross-section of the student body to ensure as many of our members as possible are involved in the decision making process. The membership of Union Council includes the following:
- Presidents (non voting members)
- Part-Time Officers of all five zones.
Members of Union Council can:
- Scrutinise the performance and conduct of elected Officers, Trustees, the UEC, Zone Committees and all student positions elected to Union Council.
- Approve policy or review and recommend policy for referral to a referendum that has been proposed at a Union Council meeting or by the Zone Committees.
- Ratify new and updated Standing Orders.
- Issue motions of caution, censure and no confidence against individual members of Union Council.
Stand for an election and become a member of Union Council.
All of our members (that’s everyone who is a student at the University of Hull) have a right to attend Union Council. Although only those that have been elected can vote you can still get involved in the discussions. You can find out when Union Council is held below, or through keeping an eye on our social media feeds.
Union Council papers are circulated to Councillors a week before the meeting, hence Hull University Union requesting motions to be submitted well in advance before papers are sent out.
Deadline for Papers
Wednesday 9th October
Monday 21st October
Wednesday 6th November
Monday 18th November
Wednesday 27th November
Monday 9th December
Wednesday 22nd January
Monday 3rd February
Wednesday 26th February
Monday 9th March
|Wednesday 8th April||Monday 20th April|
Motions passed by Union Council in 2019/20
M.1920 - 1 Motion to update the Bye-Laws
M. 1920 - 5 Motion to improve consent training
M. 1920 - 6 Motion to introduce sharps bins on campus
M. 1920 - 10 Motion to designate toilets as campaign-free zones
M. 1920 - 12 Motion to update standing order 2008 - RAG
M. 1920 - 13 Motion to update the Alcohol and Initiations Policy
M. 1920 - 16 Motion to introduce more water bottle refill stations (passed with 3 amendments)
M. 1920 - 18 Motion to change the name of Environment and Ethics Representative to Environment and Sustainability Officer (passed with 1 amendment)
M. 1920 - 19 Motion to create a Team GB student panel (passed with 1 amendment)
M. 1920 - 21 Motion to change Hull University Union's brand to Hull University Students' Union (passed with 1 amendment)
M. 1920 - 23 Motion to create a standing order for accountability of Zones, Union Council and the Union Executive Committee (passed with 1 amendment)
M. 1920 - 24 Motion to revoke standing orders related to RAG, Hullfire Newspaper, JAM Radio, Torch TV and LINKS (passed with 1 amendment)
M. 1920 - 25 Motion to revoke the Breastfeeding Policy (passed with 1 amendment)
M. 1920 - 26 Motion to lobby the University to change the default search engine to Ecosia (passed with 1 amendment)
Motions passed by Union Council in 2018/19
M.1819 - 1 Motion to make Trans Rep union-wide
M.1819 - 2 Motion to update Standing Order
M.1819 - 6 Motion to make HUU Living Wage Employer
M.1819 - 10 Opposing re-naming of Larkin Lecture Theatre
M.1819 - 12 Foundation Year Student Officer
M.1819 - 16 Motion to issue statement for Grace Millane
M.1819 - 18 Motion to relocate LINKS to Activities Zone
M.1819 -23 Motion to ratify SO 4002 and amend SO 4004
M.1819 – 27 Motion to amend the standing order for LINKS
M. 1819 – 34 Motion for Education Zone Changes
M. 1819 – 35 Motion to standardise President Reports
M. 1819 – 36 Motion to reform PTO scrutiny
M. 1819 – 37 Motion to create Scrutiny Panels
Motions passed by Union Council in 2017/18
M.1718-2 Motion to introduce environmental impact forms for events (passed with one amendment)
M.1718-3 Motion to change the recruitment process for School and Faculty Representatives (passed with several amendments)
Motions passed by Union Council in 2016/17
M.1617-2 Motion to change SO 2006 (Hullfire Newspaper) (passed with one amendment)
M.1617-3 Motion to change SO 2007 (Hullfire Radio) (passed with one amendment)
M.1617-4 Motion to implement the HUU Equality & Diversity Policy (passed with two amendments)
M.1617-8 Motion to change the role of BAME representative to Equality and Diversity representative on the LGBT+ committee(passed with one amendment)
M.1617-9 Motion to update the HUU Student Event External Speaker Policy (passed with one amendment)
M.1617-13 Motion to remove the position of Chair Media (SO 2010) (passed with one amendment)
M.1617-14 Motion to amend SO 5004 (LINKS)
M.1617-16 Motion to lobby the University to increase space for student activities (passed with one amendment)
M.1617-22 Motion to amend SO 4002 Sports Zone (passed with one amendment)
M.1617-24 Motion to amend SOs 1001, 2001, 3001, 4001, and 5001 relating to the Student Officers (passed with one amendment)
M.1617-25 Motion to allow members of Union Council to vote via proxy at Union Council (passed with one amendment)
M.1617-26 Motion to amend SO 2008 RAG
M.1617-28 Motion to change the name of Hullfire Radio to Jam Radio (SO 2007) (approved by circulation)
Motions passed by Union Council in 2015/16
M.1516-3 Motion to Change the name of part-time positions in all zones from Chair to Officer (except Activities Zone)
M.1516-4 Motion to amend SO 3004 to create the positions of Postgraduate Taught Officer and Postgraduate Research Officer
M.1516-5 Motion to amend SO 5007 to replace the position of Social Secretary with Mental Health Rep