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Union Council

Union Council 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:

Monday, 4th November 2019 - Gardner Tower, ACCA

Monday, 2nd December 2019 - Common Room, Falmer House

Monday, 10th February 2020 - Gardner Tower, ACCA 

Monday, 2nd March 2020 - Gardner Tower, ACCA 

Monday, 27th April 2020 - Gardner Tower, ACCA 


View minutes & agendas »

Read the Council Handbook »

Email the Council Chair »

Council members

Full-time Officers

Activities Officer - Becky Doran

Email: activities@sussexstudent.com

Welfare Officer - Niina Hallberg

Email: welfare@sussexstudent.com

Undergraduate Education Officer - Chris Harding

Email: ugeducation@sussexstudent.com

President - Filip Vasilijevic

Email: president@sussexstudent.com

Postgraduate Education Officer - Benjamin Matthews 

Email: pgeducation@sussexstudent.com

Society & Citizenship Officer - Ijlal Khalid

Email: societycitizenship@sussexstudent.com

Part-time Officers

Ethnic Minority Students Officer - Aditi Srivastava

Email: ethnicminoritystudents@sussexstudent.com

LGBTQ+ Students Officer - Shreya Murali

Email: lgbtqstudents@sussexstudent.com

Students with Disabilities Officer - Callum Chapman

Email: studentswithdisabilities@sussexstudent.com

Women Students Officer - Sarah Osborn

Email: womenstudents@sussexstudent.com

Trans and Non-Binary Part-Time Officer - Vacant

Email: transnonbinary@sussexstudent.com



International Students Representative - Talha Nauman Sandhu

Email: internationalstudents@sussexstudent.com

Mature Students Representative - Vacant

Email: maturestudents@sussexstudent.com

Part-time Students Representative - Vacant

Email: parttimestudents@sussexstudent.com

Student Parents Representative - Antonia Dase

Email: studentparents@sussexstudent.com

First Generation Scholars Representative - Georgina Jaggs

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: Georgina Kenton and Paul Chan
Law, Politics and Sociology: Adam Carroll
English: Keira Beermann and Jack Ransome
Psychology: Katie Jones
Media, Film and Music: Joshua McLaughlin and Leoni-Almaz Reusing
History, Art History and Philosophy: Talia Fogelman and  Jess Wright
Life Sciences: Gurps Singh and Adele Marie Clayden
Engineering and Informatics: Aynan Muse
Maths and Physical Sciences: Vacant
Global Studies: Hanny Schwemin and Julia Anna Gaus
Brighton and Sussex Medical School: Zahra Batool and Awa Tansie
Education and Social Work: Vacant
Foundation: Lucia Shanshan Zhang

Postgraduate Sciences: Assaad Salamen and Farah Al-Atrash
Postgraduate Social Sciences: Lucy Han and Alfred Godwin Adjabeng
Postgraduate Arts and Humanities: Vacant

Sports Committee: Ryan Kennedy and Lewis Williams
Societies Committee: Mahdi Murtaza and Connor Moylett
Media Committee: Vacant