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 email@example.com. 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 2018/2019
All meetings take place at 6.30pm in MR1 in Student Central.
Deadline for papers (12 noon)
|Wednesday, 10th October||Monday, 22nd October|
|Wednesday, 31st October||Monday, 12th November|
|Wednesday, 28th November||Monday, 10th December|
|Wednesday, 30th January||Monday, 11th February|
|Wednesday, 27th February||Monday, 11th March|
|Wednesday, 27th March||Monday, 8th April|
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
M.1516-9 Motion to permanently provide All Gender Toilets in HUU (passed with amendment: name change to unisex toilets)