The GSA Council
WHAT IS COUNCIL?
Council (sometimes referred to as Association Council) is the core policy and decision making body at the York GSA and is made up of a group of elected and appointed officers by GSA members to represent the membership as a whole. You can make change through Council and hold your elected/appointed representatives to account.
You can find out more about who sits on Council and what Council’s powers are below or read the minutes from previous Council meetings here.
Who is part of Council?
- Vice-President Academic
- Vice-President Wellbeing and Community
Elected Part-Time Officers (including elected Faculty Reps) – They are voting members of Council and are democratically elected each year by you (elections happen in the Autumn of each academic year)! They hold a vote on Council and make decisions about what the GSA campaigns on, the policy it creates, and holds Sabbatical Officers to account.
What can Council do?
- Mandate elected representatives and Officers of the GSA to express a particular view on a particular issue, or to carry out a particular function.
- Set, amend, and repeal policies or bylaws of the GSA;
- Scrutinise and hold to account the Principal Officers of the GSA and positions elected to Council
- Decide on a motion of censure or no-confidence in any of the Officers, members of Council or Trustees of the GSA;
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
There are many ways you can get involved with Council and be part of making change at your GSA!
- Standing for election
Each academic year, we elect members to sit on our Council. They hold a vote on Council and make decisions about what the GSA campaigns on, the policy it creates, and holding Sabbatical Officers to account. In addition, our Part-Time Officers can also run their own campaigns for change.
- Attending Council meetings
Did you know that you don’t just have to be a Council member in order to attend meetings? Feel free to come along to any of our Council meetings and contribute to the discussions (please note that for any confidential matters you may be asked to leave for those items). Your input can be part of influencing what decisions are made at Council!
- Submitting a motion
You can make change by submitting a motion to Council! Any student may submit a motion, paper or report to Council. This could be by mandating your elected representatives to take a certain stance or carry out certain work, creating policy or holding your elected representatives to account!
SUBMIT A MOTION
How to Submit a Motion
Any student may submit a motion, paper or report to Council. This could be by mandating your elected representatives to take a certain stance or carry out certain work, creating policy or holding your elected representatives to account!
Creating motions is easy! All you need to do is tell us your proposed policy title and write about what your policy is!
You can find the motion template here: https://forms.gle/ZNCujmActrsLyTys6
Once a policy has been proposed it will be reviewed by the Representation and Democracy (R&D) coordinator. The policy proposer is welcome to meet with the R&D coordinator prior to or following submission if they require any advice on their policy submission.
The policy will then be passed to the Chair of Council for inclusion at the next GSA Council meeting.
Papers for each meeting are sent out a week before Council, so any policy proposals received in the week before a Council meeting will appear on the agenda of the subsequent meeting.
The proposer will be invited to present their proposal. It will be debated by the GSA Council, and the secretary (R&D coordinator) may be asked factual questions relating to implementation or past practice.
The proposer will be asked to leave the room whilst the policy is voted on.
If the policy is rejected, the proposer may ask for feedback on how to improve the policy, and work with the R&D coordinator to revise the policy.
If the Policy is approved, it will become a by-law. Council approved by-laws are reviewed by Council on an annual basis from the meeting of their approval.
Council Dates for the Year
Here are our Council meeting dates for the 20/21 academic year!
Council Meeting Dates
- Paper Deadline – Friday 30th October 2020 – Meeting Date – Monday 9th November 2020
- Paper Deadline – Friday 20th November 2020 – Meeting Date – Monday 30th November 2020
- Paper Deadline – Friday 22nd January 2021 – Meeting Date – Monday 1st February 2021
- Paper Deadline – Friday 19th February 2021 – Meeting Date – Monday 1st March 2021
- Paper Deadline – Friday 23rd April 2021 – Meeting Date – Monday 3rd May 2021
- Paper Deadline – Friday 28th May 2021 – Meeting Date – Monday 7th June 2021
- Paper Deadline – Friday 2nd July 2021- Meeting Date – Monday 12th July 2021
OUR DEMOCRATIC POLICIES
Through decisions made by students, we have a number of policies here at the GSA that impact how we run. Our policies reflect the values of our membership and ensure that we are democratic and representative of our members.
Here you will find current GSA Policies which have been passed by our Council. Our Council is the core policy and decision making body at the York GSA and is made up of a group of elected and appointed officers by GSA members to represent the membership as a whole.
- POLICY – For the GSA to support the Industrial Action – SUGGESTED BY – President of the GSA – REVIEW DATE – December 2020
- POLICY – Supporting Student Sex Workers, Supporting the Decriminalisation of Sex Work Policy – SUGGESTED BY – Vice-President Wellbeing and Community – REVIEW DATE – February 2020
MINUTES, PAPERS AND PREVIOUS MOTIONS
All of the motions passed during Council, with links to further information.Click here for more info
M.2021 – 01 Election restrictions changes – 09/11/2020
M.2021 – 02 Minor Textural Correction to Part-Time Officer By-Law – 09/11/2020
M.2021 – 04 ‘Women and Non-Binary’ PTO name change – 09/11/2020
M.2021 – 05 Should the Chair be allowed the deciding vote on motions to Council? – 30/12/2020
M.2021 – 06 Religious and Faith Representative – 30/12/2020
M.2021 – 07 Creation of Welfare-subgroup – 30/12/2020
M.2021 – 08 Should Council update by-law 5 (and any other relevant by-laws) to clarify the number of votes Council members have? – 30/12/2020
M.2021 – 10 Demand for the University of York to offer an optional blanket extension of six months to all PGR students enrolled at the University of York in the academic year 2019/20, regardless of year of study. – 30/12/2020
M.2021 – 11 Declare a Climate Emergency and create a sustainability policy – 30/12/2020
M.2021 – 12 Creation of a Sustainability Student Working Group – 30/12/2020
M.2021 – 13 Clarification of Two PTO Roles – 30/12/2020
M.2021 – 14 Clarification of Manifesto Mandates – 30/12/2020
M2021 – 15 Advocacy for student parents, carers, and guardians – 30/12/2020