About the Students’ Union
Your Students’ Union (SU) is at the heart of student life.
They are an independent, student-led organisation that represents your needs, protects your rights and, when it comes to making important decisions that affect you, makes sure your voice is heard. And as a University of Nottingham student, you’re already a valued and celebrated member of the SU.
From its home in the Portland Building, the SU works hard to make sure your university experience is the best it can be, from the day you arrive to the day you graduate. They’re here to make sure that you can experience a huge range of social, cultural, sporting, and recreational activities, make changes by standing up for what you believe in, and find support when you need a helping hand.
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Societies - get involved, have fun
You can join any of the SU’s diverse and vibrant societies. With over 200 societies and other student-run groups and services you can pursue your current passion or hobby, find a society or organisation specific to your degree…or try something new? You might even want to start your own society.
Become a course rep
Course reps are a vital part of the student voice. Through gathering feedback from your peers, sitting in key meetings and by lobbying or campaigning for positive change, you can make a real difference to the academic experience of those on your course.
Apply to become a course rep
Email your questions to the SU
Why should you become a course rep?
Hear from a current course rep.
Calum Baugh, third year student
Why did you decide to become a course rep?
I decided to become a course rep to give myself an opportunity to shape my course for the benefit of my peers. No course is perfect, and I wanted to make my course the best it could possibly be.
How have you benefited from the role?
I have benefitted from the role by improving my interpersonal skills, by both gathering information from the other students on my course and feeding this back to the academics in the department. I’ve also made new friends on the course as a result of becoming a course rep, and people feel able and comfortable to talk to me if they have any issues with the course!
Why would you encourage someone else to become a rep?
I would encourage other students to take up this role if they are passionate about making change on their course, or to sign up just for something else to put on their CV that looks good and shows that they have made the most out of their time at university.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you became a course rep?
I wish I knew how much the academics valued the feedback the students raise at LCFs (Learning Community Forums). The academics are just as passionate if not more so than the students and if I would have known this earlier, I would have applied to be a course rep sooner!