For those of you who don’t know what the Student’s Union is, it’s a charity led by Student Officers to help develop your experience at the University. Over my first year at university, I started to use the resources in the SU more, and it’s really helped to shape my university experience. From societies to representing my cohort, here’s some of the aspects of my Student’s Union experience.
I’ve been able to get involved with some great societies over the past year, from just being part of the Christian Union to being Secretary of the new Public Speaking Society. I’ve found it’s where I’ve met a lot of my really good friends who I can spend time with sharing common interests.
I was able to go rock climbing with the Experience Society and relax at the Film Society. Societies are great to get involved with as they give you the opportunity to relax and do something different. Find one to join here.
During my first year, I was a Course Rep representing Sociology students. Since then, I’ve become School Officer, and represent students at meetings with the Deans and some of the top staff at the University. As daunting as it felt at first, I’ve really enjoyed the last couple of months in post and I’ve developed so many skills.
Even though there have been difficult parts to it, the support from our Officer team and SU staff has really helped. Find out more about how you can represent your cohort here.
From small issues to the bigger ones, the SU Advice team has always been helpful. It’s important to remember that they’re not trained counsellors, but they can signpost you to the right help and support you in finding what you need. They can offer support with academic issues, such as Academic Appeals and Fitness to Practise. Find out more about SU Advice here.
Over the year, the SU puts on many social events for students. I’ve been able to get involved in quite a few of them, from helping out at Freshers' Fair and Barcoda, to joining in the Networking Events. I’ve met students straight out of college, mature students, parents, and so many more people from all walks of life.
Attending these events can grow your friendship group even more, so find out about what events are going on here or on the SU Facebook page.
The Student’s Union has a lot for you to get involved in; the societies that were already mentioned and social and team sports taking place during the week. Take the opportunities to talk to your Course Reps, Officers, President and Vice President about your university experience and what you want to see around the uni.