7th Week Trinity Term Student Council: Online Edition

How Student Council: Online Edition works

While social distancing guidelines are in place, we are moving Student Council online! It may look and feel a little different, but we’ve worked hard to ensure all students can still have their voices heard, contribute items to the agenda, stand for election, hold SU officers to account, and continue to shape the work of Oxford SU.

So, here's how it works;

Step 1: Nominations and Submitting agenda items

We still need Council roles! Nominations are open (see role descriptions below). Any student can nominate themselves for election by clicking the 'Nominate' button below or in the timeline. Never gone for one before? Now is probably the perfect time to try, so go ahead.

Agenda items can be many things: a motion to create policy, a motion to mandate an officer, a student project proposal, or a topic for general discussion. Any student may submit an agenda item by clicking the 'Submit and item' button below or in the timeline.

Step 2: Amendments

After the agenda has been published, at 5pm Friday 6th Week, all students are able to read through the items, make comments, join in the discussion, and ask questions in the comment boxes below the item content. Please do state your College and, if you wish, your pronouns when you first comment on an item.

If you find an item which you would like to suggest a change to you can submit an amendment. Any student may submit an amendment by clicking the 'submit an amendment' button in the timeline by 10am Tuesday 7th Week.

Amendments will be sent to the proposer of the agenda item and they may choose to get in contact with you to discuss. By 5pm Tuesday 7th Week the proposer will have taken the amendment as either 'Friendly' or 'Hostile'.

Friendly means changes are immediate, hostile requires a vote to determine whether the changes will be made to the agenda item. Voting on amendments will be 10am - 5pm Wednesday 7th Week and only Common Room delegates, SU Campaign delegates, Divisional Representatives, and SU Sabbatical Officers are able to vote.

Step 3: Reports and questions

SU Sabbatical Officers, Divisional Representatives, and SU Campaigns will all be submitting written, and were possible video, reports. These reports will be linked to from the agenda below at 10am Tuesday 7th Week. Any student may ask questions by posting a comment in the comments section of the report.

The timetable for reports is shown in the table below

  1st Week 3rd Week 5th Week 7th Week
SU Sabbatical Officers All All All All
SU Campaigns Disabilities Campaign,
LGBTQ+ Campaign
Women's Campaign,
Class Act Campaign
International Students' Campaign,
It Happens Here
Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE),
Suspended Students' Campaign
Divisional Representatives MPLS UG,
Social Sciences UG,
Social Sciences PG
Medical Sciences UG,
Medical Sciences PG
Humanities UG,
Humanities PG

Nominations for elections in council will also be published in the agenda below at 10am Tuesday 7th Week. Any student may ask questions of the candidate by commenting the comment section of their nomination.

Step 4: Motions and Elections

Finally, 10am - 23:50pm on Thursday 7th Week voting for motions and elections will open. Only Common Room delegates, SU Campaign delegates, Divisional Representatives, and SU Sabbatical Officers are able to vote.

Elections in Council

We're looking for students to fill the following council roles. Nominations will close at 10am Tuesday 9th June (7th Week).

Returning Officer: The Returning Officer plays a crucial role in upholding and maintaining Oxford SU’s democratic structures. Throughout the year you will have the main say in all things electoral, from elections in Council, to the Annual Elections in Hilary. You will chair the Elections Committee as well as resolving complaints and disputes within the Annual Elections. This is one of the most crucial student volunteer roles within Oxford SU.

Steering Committee (x1): Steering Committee is comprised of two elected student steering members, the Chair, the President, and the Returning Officer. Steering is the committee tasked with deciding the agenda for the coming Council. They meet the week before to discuss whether submissions should make it to the agenda, whether they need to be amended, or whether they require ‘steering’ to another committee first. Steering are also the group responsible for ensuring that an All Student Consultation is held, if called for.

Scrutiny Committee (x1): Scrutiny are elected at the start of Michaelmas to serve for the entire academic year. It is their task to interview the Sabbatical officers at the end of each term and ensure that they are doing the job they have been elected to do. Scrutiny will craft a report to be delivered to Council in 7th Week of each term.

Once you've nominated, keep an eye on the elections page as you might have questions from students.



The Agenda will be published 5pm Friday 5th June (6th Week).

Submit an item


Deadline to submit an agenda item

Thu 4th June (6th Week) | 13:00

Submit an item

Agenda published

Fri 5th June (6th Week) | 17:00

Deadline to submit amendments

Tue 9th June (7th Week) | 10:00

Submit an

Deadline for reports and election nominations

Tue 9th June (7th Week) | 10:00


Deadline for amendment reponses

Tue 9th June (7th Week) | 17:00

Voting on amendments opens

Wed 10th June (7th Week) | 10:00


Voting on amendments closes

Wed 10th June (7th Week) | 17:00

Voting on final motions opens

Thur 11th June (7th Week) | 10:00


Voting on final motions closes

Thur 11th June (7th Week) | 23:59