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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.

Meeting 6th November 2017: Agenda and minutes

Meeting 4th December 2017: Agenda and minutes

Meeting 5th February 2018: Agenda will be published January 29th

View minutes & agendas »

Read the Council Handbook »

Email all of Council »

Email the Council Chair »

See the decisions that are reported up to Council »

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 - VACANT

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 - Ankush Singh

Email: internationalstudents@sussexstudent.com


Mature Students Representative - Deeksha Guatam

Email: maturestudents@sussexstudent.com


Part-time Students Representative - Luke Richards

Email: parttimestudents@sussexstudent.com


Student Parents Representative - Vacant

Email: studentparents@sussexstudent.com



School Councillors are Student Reps who are elected by the school reps to become a School Councillor.
If you are a Rep and there is a vacancy you'd like to fill, please email Juliette.   
You can find student emails on the Sussex Student Directory

Business Management and Economics: Dinda Jelita and Maylyn Ellis
Law, Politics and Sociology: Luke Akposhoro, VACANCY
English: Lauren Le Provost, VACANCY
Psychology: Tara Noorbakhsh, VACANCY
Media, Film and Music: Ruxandra Ifrim, VACANCY
History, Art History and Music: Jack Brien and Eliza Day [Chair of Council]
Life Sciences: Filip Vasilijevic and Joanna Hadjicosta
Engineering and Informatics:  Joshua Foster and Alixia Savary De Beauregard
Maths and Physical Sciences: Jack Britton and Sam Morgan
Global Studies: Niina Hallberg and Cyril Babeev
Brighton and Sussex Medical School: Katherine Maskell, VACANCY
Education and Social Work: Anna Nicolaou, VACANCY
Foundation: Talia Fogelman and Nathan Segel

Postgraduate Sciences: Peter Overbury and Laura Grange
Postgraduate Social Sciences: Shammi Kabir and Abubakar Mehdi
Postgraduate Arts and Humanities: Angelica Ourri and Davide Cabassi

Sports: Becky Doran and James Bratt
Societies: Ijlal Khalid and Jonathan Busby
Media: Fin Evans and Monty Jankauskis