About the Students' Union
The Students’ Union is an independent charity that is run by students for students. We offer opportunities to get involved in social and sporting activities, we provide advice and support for you on all matters affecting you as a student, and we develop your skills to increase your chances of success in the job market.
So whether you want to join a club or society, put on an event, campaign for students’ rights, access professional advice, or simply find a place to chill in a comfy and safe environment – come to the Union, it’s your home away from home and we want you to get the most out of your time as a student.
Our 7 Core Aims
1. Help students acquire new skills and discover new experiences
2. Demonstrate quality and value
3. Create and maintain fantastic social space for students
4. Provide support to students
5. Listen to our members and react to the issues that affect them most
6. Develop an involved, supportive and strong staff team
7. Be financially, ethically and environmentally responsible
You can also view the latest version of our accounts.
Your Union is led by a team of Student Officers, each with responsibility over a specific area relating to student life. These Officers, both full & part time, are elected by the student body each year in cross campus elections. Your full time Officers are:
President: Head of the Officer team and responsible for leading the Union strategically.
Academic Vice President: Responsible for ensuring students receive a smooth, high quality academic experience and those who do not are fully assisted by the Union.
Welfare Vice President: Responsible for making sure students have a positive University experience in terms of their health & wellbeing and also lead the Union’s green & ethical strategies.
Student Experience Vice President: Responsible for ensuring students have a fun and well-rounded University experience by leading on the Union’s sporting, society & volunteering services.
Each Officer has specific plans they want to implement to improve student life; these are based on the manifestos for which they were elected. In the past, Union Officers have liaised with the University to achieve the following:
- Separate academic & non-academic debt. Now if students owe non-academic fees such as for accommodation, they will not have their I.T. facilities turned off.
- Implement a Student Safe Taxi Scheme. This allows students to use their ID card as temporary payment for a taxi if they’ve ran out of money.
- Create an Employment Support Fund. This allows every student who applies to receive a non-refundable grant of up to £50 towards job interview costs.
Advice & Support Centre
Numerous issues can pop up during your time at University that may disrupt your learning experience. The Advice and Support Centre (ASC) in the Union offers free, confidential and impartial advice in areas such as academic, finance, international and housing. The ASC also has a wealth of generic information to support you in health, consumer, employment, legal and personal matters.
If your assignments weren’t being marked on time or you felt there weren’t enough computers available for you to complete your work, who would you speak to about it? Apart from your Union Officers you can get in touch with your course/faculty representative, a fellow student on your course/in your faculty who’s volunteered their time to listen to student views and resolve any issues as necessary. To find out more about the Student Voice system including how to become a course, school or faculty representative click on the title above.
Volunteering is an invaluable way to develop your skills, gain experience, enhance your CV and increase your employability, all whilst doing something you love. We have partnered with a number of organisations to bring you Volunteer Central, a single place where you’ll find a wide range of opportunities than can be tailored to your interests and circumstances.
See yourself as a budding writer or journalist? Or do you just want to give the student perspective on the latest in current affairs? Either way we’ve got the platform for you to do just that. The Thread is our student run newspaper and is always looking for more contributors. So if you want to make your voice heard and develop key journalistic and communications skills, email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
Lecture finished, coursework complete, revision done, if you’ve got some spare time on your hands and a hobby or interest you’d like to share with other students, we can help you join or start a society. Joining a society can not only help you meet new people but also improve communication skills and confidence. For a list of current societies click on the title above.
Love sport but don’t want to compete? We offer a range of recreational sports sessions including badminton, cricket, football and many more, where you can learn a new sport or brush up on old techniques. Visit your Union reception to pick up a leaflet for the exact timetable and sports available.
It can be a tough job taking advantage of all the opportunities your Union offers, so from time to time you’ll need to relax and take it easy. That’s when you can make your way over to our Squeezebox café and juice bars located at City and Walsall campuses. From coffee, smoothies and milkshakes to panini’s, porridge and pizza, Squeezebox has you covered.
NUS Extra Card
An NUS Extra Card gives you discounts from a massive array of retailers and it’s exclusive to students. You can get hold of yours from Students’ Union reception at either City or Walsall campus or online at www.nus.org.uk.
Get in touch
The University of Wolverhampton Students’ Union
Tel: 01902 322021
Fax: 01902 322020
Tel: 01902 323035