CUSU Council

Any student can attend CUSU Council, propose motions and amendments and participate in debates.

  • There are usually four Councils in each Michaelmas and Lent, and two in each Easter.
  • Extraordinary Councils may be called by the Chair if requested by 16 members of Council, three Sabbatical Officers or two Executive Teams.
  • Council may be over-ruled only if its policy is found to be illegal, or by a referendum of the entire student body.
  • You can sign up for the CUSU Council mailing list here:

​Submit a Motion

Any student can propose motions to CUSU Council even if you aren't a voting member;

  • Email or any member of the CUSU Executive for advice about how to write and present your ideas in a motion.
  • Ordinary motions are due at 5pm on the Tuesday before Council.
  • You can also see this sample motion for some ideas on formatting and content and this template you can download and fill in with your motion content.

Emergency motions

These must involve an emergency issue, and can be submitted anytime before the relevant council meeting. The substance of the motion should have arisen after the deadline for Ordinary motions, and the CUSU chair can refuse to accept the motion if they feel that this is not the case.

Procedural motions

Can be submitted orally during the Council meeting itself.

Ordinary and Emergency motions must be submitted in writing or by email to the Chair of CUSU Council (

Submission of amendments to motions

Amendments to motions must be submitted in writing to the Chair of Council before the motion is discussed - if amendments are not in accordance with this procedure then they should not be discussed.

This is designed to ensure that members will have sufficient time to think about amendments before voting – it also speeds up the procedure of the debate.

Amendments to motions are discussed straight after the proposing speech, before the main discussion of the motion itself. This allows for the amendments to be debated within the right context, and for the substantial part of the debate be held over the possibly amended version.

If the amendment to the motion concerns a minor change to the motion's text, for example to correct spelling, grammar or to clarify an awkward phrase, these amendments can be made orally during the debate and accepted at the discretion of the Chair.



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