The Students’ Union is an independent, autonomous, democratic organisation, which exists to support and represent students, ensuring their experience of the University as exciting and rewarding as possible.
The Union is recognised by the University as the formal voice of students and liaises with NUA management to advocate for students. The Union coordinates and trains Student Representatives, plans events and manages the clubs and societies.
The Students’ Union works in partnership with NUA to ensure that students have input into all decisions 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.
The Students’ Union runs 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 Union is governed by the Steering Committee; this is an elected group who meet 3 times a year to discuss the Union’s work. The Steering Committee approves the Union’s budget and strategy, and works with the Students’ Union President to ensure the Union is working on behalf of students in the best way it can. As well as the Union’s own committee, student are represented on all University Committees.
The Students’ Union funds and supports the running of all clubs and societies. There is everything from sports clubs to gaming societies as well as cultural and faith groups. Storehouse is the Union’s official magazine designed by students for students. Storehouse showcases student work from across the institution and is a very successful magazine national as well as locally. Two issues are released each year and all students can get involved.
The Students’ Union provides confidential and impartial help, support and advice on all matters relating to education and welfare. The Union operates and open door policy, meaning students can speak to a member of Union staff or the Students’ Union President Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm with no need for an appointment.
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, fees or equality and diversity, the Students’ Union at NUA works with NUS to improve students’ lives.
The Students’ Union President for 2017/18 is Textiles graduate Xenia Levantis, whose office is in the NUA Duke Street Building.
The Students’ Union is based in NUA Duke Street Building. Contact the Student Union at:
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