How it Works

How it Works

At different points in the year we hold Student Council meetings. Any student can attend these meetings, raise motions/issues and discuss your Student’s Union’s priorities. After this, we hold a vote (only elected Student Councillors and Officers can vote), and that’s how a decision is made.  

What's decided will fall into two separate areas:

  1. Union Policy
    This is what you've agreed your Union should do for you – such as a commitment to do things in a certain way or campaign to change something on your course, campus, Union, in the University or the wider community. This could be like increasing library opening hours at Queen’s or persuading politicians not to increase tuition fees.
  2. Union Rules and Procedures
    This is how you change the way your Union works – such as how Clubs & Societies are run, how decisions are made and how you choose your Representatives.

After decisions have been made, it’s up to Council to make sure things happen and by The Rules. Council will pick a Student Officer or a Committee to work on what has been agreed.


Any Queen's student can come along to Council. Both Councillors and non-Councillors can ask your Student Officers a question or submit a motion.

Submit a Motion

Just email changestuff@qub.ac.uk at least five working days before the next Council meeting, with:

  • Your motion
  • Your name and student number
  • The name and student number of another Queen’s student who supports your motion

Or, you can drop in a hard copy to the 2nd Floor Reception (make sure you get a receipt).

Submit a Question

Just email changestuff@qub.ac.uk at least five working days before the next Council meeting, with:

  • Your question
  • Your name and student number
  • The name and student number of another Queen’s student who supports your question
  • Whether or not you wish to remain anonymous

Or, you can drop in a hard copy to the 2nd Floor Reception (make sure you get a receipt).


The Student Officer must answer your question. If they aren't able to attend Council or are unable to reply, they must provide a written response within five working days.

Anyone who submits a question may also ask another question directly after their initial question is answered. This is known as a ‘supplementary question’ and doesn’t need to be submitted beforehand. This question can be used to make sure you clarify the answer to the first question or it can be used to ask a question on a completely different topic.

If you don’t want to be identified you can ask an anonymous question. If Council deems an anonymous question to be inappropriate though it can excuse a Student Officer from answering the question. This stops the anonymous question process from being abused.