As a Students' Union, we are run for students, by students. 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 HUU. All Student Officers and Standing Committees are accountable to UC. 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 UC through each zone, and UC 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:

Find out more about Union Council in this useful handbook.

  • Scrutinise the performance and conduct of elected Officers, Trustees, the UEC, Zone Committees and all student positions elected to UC.
  • 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 UC.

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 by checking out our events section or looking at your HUU wallplanner that is distributed during WelcomeFest.

If you would like to submit a motion to Union Council, please download, edit and send the below document to If you would like spelling and grammar checked, please ensure it is submitted two clear days before the motion deadline.

Union Council papers are circulated to Councillors a week before the meeting, hence HUU requesting motions to be submitted well in advance before papers are sent out.

Download the Motion Form.


Union Council Dates 2017/2018:

Dates 2017/18


Deadline for motion submission

Monday 16 October 6:30pm

Student Central Meeting Room 1

Wednesday, 4 October, 12 noon

Monday 13 November 6:30pm

Student Central Meeting Room 1

Wednesday, 1 November, 12 noon

Monday 4 December 6:30pm

Student CentralMeeting Room 1

Wednesday, 22 November, 12 noon

Monday 19 February 6:30pm

Student Central Meeting Room 1


Wednesday, 7 February, 12 noon

Monday 19 March 6:30pm

Student Central Meeting Room 1

Wednesday, 7 March, 12 noon

Monday 23 April 6:30pm

Student Central Meeting Room 1

Wednesday, 11 April, 12 noon

Motions passed by Union Council in 2017/18

M.1718-1 Motion to move the Environment & Ethics Officer to the Welfare & Community Zone

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)

M.1718-4 Motion to amend Standing Order 8012 Governing the Discipline of HUU Members

Motions passed by Union Council in 2016/17

M.1617-1 Motion to change the name of “Academic Council” to “Course Rep Forum”

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.1617-5 Motion to update the HUU Student Event External Speaker Policy

M.1617-7 Motion to change the committee positions of the Disabled Students Committee

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.1617-10 Motion to vote in the NUS National Ballot to risk and equality impact assess before a boycott of the National Student Survey

M.1617-11 Motion to update Standing Orders 8001 and 8002 relating to Elections and Referenda

M.1617-12 Motion to remove the position of Campaigns & Democracy Officer (SO 1005)

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.1617-15 Motion to amend the Bye-Laws and remove Standing Orders 6001-6010

M.1617-16 Motion to lobby the University to increase space for student activities (passed with one amendment)

M.1617-17 Motion to prevent future use of live reindeer at HUU Christmas events

M.1617-18 Motion to mandate Union Council members to have compulsory engagement time

M.1617-19 Motion to update the HUU Student Event External Speaker Policy

M.1617-20 Motion to change the Bye-Laws to enable zone committees to approve Standing Order changes that only affect that zone

M.1617-21 Motion to amend SO 8007 Complaints Procedure

M.1617-22 Motion to amend SO 4002 Sports Zone (passed with one amendment)

M.1617-23 Motion to give the Trans Representative on the LGBT+ Committee a vote on Union Council and on the Welfare and Community Zone

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.1617-27 Motion to remove the Course Rep Forum Representative positions

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.1516-1 Motion to Create the position of Scarborough Equality & Diversity Officer

M.1516-2 Motion to Remove the Advice Centre Volunteer Committee

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

M.1516-6 Motion to Trial All-Gender-Toilets in HUU

M.1516-9 Motion to permanently provide All Gender Toilets in HUU (passed with amendment: name change to unisex toilets)

M.1516-10 Motion to promote Trans* participation in Sport

M.1516-11 Motion to update the Zero Tolerance Policy

M.1516-13 Motion to update Standing Order 2008 governing Raising and Giving

M.1516-14 Motion to add two Councillors of Scrutiny to the Governance Zone

M.1516-15 Motion to change SO 8003 governing Union Council

M.1516-16 Motion to change SO 2015 governing Chair International Students’ Association (ISA) and remove SO 2016 governing the ISA

M.1516-17 Motion to update SO 3003 governing the Mature Students Officer and SO 3005 governing the Part-time Students Officer

M.1516-19 Motion to change SO 8003 to allow for a more open debate at Union Council

M.1516-20 Motion to amend SO 5005 to introduce the position of LGBT+ Co-Officer

M.1516-21 Motion to amend SO 5005 to introduce the position of a BAME Representative on the LGBT+ Committee

M.1516-22 Motion to change SO 3008, 3009 and 3011 (Changes to the Roles of Faculty, School and Course Representatives)

M.1516-23 Motion to amend Standing Orders SO 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011 regarding Societies, Societies Executive Committee, Societies Council, and Chair Societies

M.1516-24 Motion to amend the Standing Orders of the Scarborough Executive Committee

M.1516-25 Motion to change the name of Hullfire TV to Torch TV

M.1516-26 Motion to mandate the VP Sport to work with the University to ensure the redevelopment meets the needs of Sports Clubs

M.1516-27 Motion to mandate the VP Sport to increase the promotion of Sports Clubs around campus

M.1516-28 Motion to mandate the VP Sport to create a permanent travel grant

M.1516-29 Motion to lobby HUU Commercial Services to provide Check Your Drink strips behind all union bars

M.1516-30 Motion to Reinforce Freedom of speech and expression of religion without fear and discrimination