The purpose of the Students’ Union is to support and represent students and make their experience of the University as exciting and rewarding as possible.
The Union is also responsible for all student involvement; this ranges from coordinating Student Representatives and aiding communication with NUA management, to planning events and sustaining clubs and societies.
The Students’ Union works alongside NUA to ensure that students have input into top-level meetings where decisions are made about how students are taught, the resources they have access to and the type of support they receive. The Students’ Union President is a member of the Board of Governors and has a strong working relationship with the Vice-Chancellor. This means that student views are heard and represented to the highest level.
NUA Students’ Union is affiliated with the NUS, which enables the Students’ Union to give students a national voice and work collectively with Unions all over the UK. Whether it’s student housing, top-up fees or equality and diversity, the Students’ Union at NUA works with NUS to improve students’ lives.
The Students’ Union also helps to run the Student Representative system. Student Representatives are elected from each year group and every course at NUA. They attend meetings with Course Leaders and tutors and are a part of the Student Reps Group that meets with NUA senior management. Reps communicate the views of students on their course and feedback important information to their peers.
All students are eligible to run for a Student Rep position and by being involved develop key skills, such as effective communication, time management and good organisation.
The Students’ Union supports all student clubs, societies and committees. It publishes the very successful student magazine Storehouse, which is designed, funded and distributed by students and showcases student work. Storehouse is released termly and all students can get involved. The vibrant Events Committee helps organise events for students such as the End of Year Ball and termly theme nights in various locations in the city. There are also opportunities to be involved in the campaigning to help raise awareness for issues that affect students.
The Students’ Union provides confidential help, support and advice on all matters regarding the student experience.
The Students’ Union President for 2016/17 is Textiles graduate Xenia Levantis, whose office is in the NUA Duke Street Building.