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Union Council

The Students' Union is run for students, by students and is chaired by a student. Union Council is the highest decision making body of the Union, other than Members' Meetings and Referenda, and is made up from student representatives elected from and by the student body. It meets once a month in term time and works to ensure the Students' Union is doing what students want. 

At the Students' Union, Officers are elected by students to run the Union, provide services for students and represent them in their dealings with the University, and to campaign on issues affecting students at Sussex. Union Councillors are students elected from across the University who ensure that Officers are working towards what they set out to do in their manifestos, and to influence the work of the Officers to ensure they reflect the needs of the student body. Councillors also scrutinise decisions made in Union Committees, and oversee the enforcement and implementation of the Rules and Students' Union policies.

Any decision made in a Union committee can be questioned informally by Union members. A list of decisions is presented to Council for note, and any student can formally petition Council to consider a decision that has been made, or ask a member of Council to ask for the decision to be discussed at a Council meeting.

It is open for students to bring a petition to Council, or to ask their Council representatives to raise a proposal that officers carry out something or change an existing policy or practice, or take up a campaign on behalf of a group of students.  This can be done by approaching Officers directly or through Union Councillors. 

Any student is welcome to attend Council meetings but only Council members can vote.

The dates for upcoming Council meetings are as follows:

Thursday, 8th November 2018 - See details here

Monday, 3rd December 2018 - See details here

Monday, 4th February 2019 - See details here

Monday, 4th March 2019 - See details here

Monday, 1st April 2019 - See details here

Tuesday, 7th May 2019 - See details here

View minutes & agendas »

Read the Council Handbook »

Email the Council Chair »

Committee meeting schedule

Council members

Full-time Officers

Activities Officer - Becky Doran

Email: activities@sussexstudent.com

Welfare Officer - May Gabriel

Email: welfare@sussexstudent.com

Undergraduate Education Officer - Ella Asheri

Email: ugeducation@sussexstudent.com

President - Frida Gustafsson

Email: president@sussexstudent.com

Postgraduate Education Officer - Sarah McIntosh

Email: pgeducation@sussexstudent.com

Society & Citizenship Officer - Aisling Murray

Email: societycitizenship@sussexstudent.com

Part-time Officers

Ethnic Minority Students Officer - Stephen Uregbula

Email: ethnicminoritystudents@sussexstudent.com

LGBTQ+ Students Officer - Ray Everall

Email: lgbtqstudents@sussexstudent.com

Students with Disabilities Officer - Ilepele Mapemba

Email: studentswithdisabilities@sussexstudent.com

Women Students Officer - Beatrice Dale

Email: womenstudents@sussexstudent.com

Trans and Non-Binary Part-Time Officer - Blaike Lennon

Email: transnonbinary@sussexstudent.com



International Students Representative - "The Union"

Email: internationalstudents@sussexstudent.com


Mature Students Representative - Chris Woodgates

Email: maturestudents@sussexstudent.com


Part-time Students Representative - Martha Bamford

Email: parttimestudents@sussexstudent.com


Student Parents Representative - Rika Safrina

Email: studentparents@sussexstudent.com


First Generation Scholars Representative - Feven Damtew

Email: firstgenerationscholars@sussexstudent.com 



School Councillors are Student Reps who are elected by the school reps to sit as members of Council.

Business Management and Economics: Callum Hogan and  Anthony Mirto
Law, Politics and Sociology:  Adam Carroll and  Ammar Cheema
English:  Sophie Bailey and  Jordi Carter
Psychology: Tara Noorbakhsh
Media, Film and Music: TBC
History, Art History and Philosophy:  Talia Fogelman and  Helena Sanyal
Life Sciences: Filip Vasilijevic and  Celine Alami
Engineering and Informatics:  Ben (Jonathon) Morris and  Matthew Woods
Maths and Physical Sciences:  Matthew Pirrie and  Alex Bristow
Global Studies:  Michael Mulheran and  Niamh Sullivan
Brighton and Sussex Medical School: TBC
Education and Social Work: Sam Manton
Foundation:  Katie Jones

Postgraduate Sciences: Peter Overbury and  Janice Ch NG
Postgraduate Social Sciences:  Niina Hallberg and Afreen Begum
Postgraduate Arts and Humanities:  Yaron Ash and Priyadarshini Mukherjee

Sports:  Lucy Edwards and  Rachel Morrison
Societies: Peter Anson and Jonathan Busby