What exactly is the Students Union?
The Union is a separate organisation to the University, but it works closely with it to help make sure that everything it’s doing is for students. We have our commercial services, which includes the bar, a restaurant that we call the Quarterdeck, a shop and things like that. Then we obviously do the nights out and the big events, and we partner with nightclubs during the week where students can get in on a discount.
We also have our membership services – that includes sports, societies and volunteering in the local community with projects led by students. We also have a representation side, so we have course reps and school reps. Every Students Union has their own advice centre and they can help with finance, accommodation or academic issues. It’s kind of like a Citizen’s Advice Bureau.