Let's look at getting involved with the Student Union. There are LOADS of ways you can play a part in what we do and how we work. We'll list some of the key student involvment areas below...
We have various Student Groups that meet a couple of times per semester to discuss things within that remit. Some groups you need to have another role within the Student Union to attend (like being a Class Rep, or a Society Committee Member), other groups are open to anyone who has an interest. The best bit, is you can attend as and when you like to share your opinions, put forward ideas or even take on project from the group and help make them happen!
Click the link for more info, and to join our mailing lists to be updated on when these groups are next meeting.
Find out more about Student Groups
We have a few groupings of Academic Reps. These are people that work on the education side of what we do - helping to make sure courses are great.
You can put yourself forward as your Class Rep / PGT Rep for an academic year at the start of the year. Just listen out for announcements. The selected student will receive full training from us so no experience is necessary!
School Officers are selected at the end of an academic year, for the following year and involves an application form and interview (because these roles are always popular).
Find out more about Academic Reps
We have nearly 80 societies which are groups of students that share a common interest. There are a couple of ways you can get involved with societies...
Committee Members help to organise the society and its activities. Committees are usually elected at the society AGM towards the end of each academic year. If you're interested, then make sure you put yourself forward (you'll need to be a member of the society to be able to put yourself forward for the committee).
Society Members are students who have joined the society - and membership is open to everyone. Take a look at our Societies list to see which ones are available - and then just click to join!
Student Parliament looks after the policy setting of the Student Union and meets a couple of times per semester. Most of the Members of Parliament (MP) are elected as part of our annual Student Elections in February / March each year. When elections are coming, you won't be able to miss them! You need to nominate yourself for an MP position that appeals to you, and then be voted in by all of our members. Some MP positions are selected by the Student Group that the position is a part of.
Find out more about Student Parliament Positions
We have a range of volunteering opportunities for you, both within the Student Union and with selected external partners (like the University). Check out our volunteering section for more info.
You can also record the hours you spend volunteering to work towards our Volunteering Hours Awards. The award you get is included on your University transcript as evidence you completed those hours of volunteering to any future employers.
We employ over 60 students within the Student Union, in roles ranging from working in our Bar / Cafe / Shop / Reception to project-based paid internships when they are available.
Visit our Jobs section to see what roles are available at the moment. Unfortunately we don't accept applications when vacancies aren't open - so keep checking back regularly or follow us on social media to find out when we're hiring.
We often ask for input from students on things we're working on. We'll send out surveys through email / social media so keep an eye out for them.
Each year we run our Big Ask student satisfaction survey - to really find out how we're doing in your eyes. We appreciate every single response we receive (and you have the chance of winning prizes too!).
Surveys might seem dull, but they help us enormously - so if you see one, please fill it in!
Get in Touch
Our final option for getting involved, is to get in touch with us if you think there is something we, or the Uni, could be doing better or differently. Use any of our contact options to get in touch - and we'll put you through to the best person to chat it through with you.
Who knows, you could bring about change that lots of other people are experiencing but haven't got involved in making a change!