A Student Council is a representative structure through which students in a university can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with University Management, Staff and Instructors for the benefit of the school and its students.
The main role of the Council as set out in the Constitution and By-Law is “to promote the interests of the University and the involvement of students in the affairs of the school, in co-operation with the Board, Instructors and Staff”.
A Student Council will set its own objectives, which will vary from school to school. Some general objectives could include:
- To enhance communication between Students, Management, Staff and Instructors
- To promote an environment conducive to educational and personal development
- To promote friendship and respect among students
- To support Management and Staff in the development of the School
- To represent the views of the Students on the matter of general concern to them.
A Student Council will identify activities that it would like to be involved in organizing, although the final decision on the activities of a Student Council should be agreed with School Management.
KEY FUNCTIONS OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL
The functions and activities of a Student Council should support the aims and objectives of the Council and promote the development of Zaman University and the welfare of its Students. In planning and undertaking activities during the course of the academic year, the Council should:
- Work closely with University Management, staff and instructors
- Consult regularly with students in the University
- Involve as many students as possible in the activities of the Council
There is a wide range of activities of benefit to the School community which a Student Council may wish to undertake, some of which are outlined below:
Represent the views of the Student Body to the University Management
This should be one of the fundamental aims of every Council. It involves talking and listening to the Student Body, considering their views and concerns, and discussing these with the School Management on behalf of the Students.
Promoting good communication with the University
Improving communication within the School community is a shared responsibility and a Student Council can contribute to this process. Keeping a Student Council notice-board or organizing a regular Newsletter are just some ways the Council can communicate with the Students, School Management and Staff, and Parents.
Supporting the educational development and progress of Students
A Student Council can contribute to the learning environment for Students in the School by, for example, setting up Study Groups for Students in exam classes or Homework Clubs, or organizing lunchtime activities such as Language Clubs.
Contributing to the development of School Policy
The Student Council can actively contribute to the development of School Policy in a wide range of areas. The Council could form sub-committees to consider individual Policy issues, to consult with students, staff and instructors on those issues and to represent the Council’s views on those issues to University Management.
Assisting in School Sporting and Cultural Activities
Student Councils can assist in organizing and developing Sports and Cultural Activities within the School, including for example, Sports Day and Drama or Musical events.
Assist with or organizing fund-raising events for Charity
Student Councils can organize events both within the University and involving the wider community, for the purpose of raising money for designated Charities.