What do Students' Unions do?
No two unions are alike, however, NUS and CLANUS generally accepts that most
Students' Unions will be involved in the following:
The most important role of a Students' Union is to represent the interests and
views of students. Whether it's at course, department and Board of Governors
level the Students' Union is usually a recognised and respected spokesperson
Welfare and Information
The advice and welfare services within your union cover all manner of things
from student financial support through things like health awareness,
accommodation and legal aid advice, to advice for overseas students or
students with disabilities.
Larger unions operate catering outlets and bars upon which colleges and
students depend. They are run cost-effectively and provide products of
very high standards. Many of the bargain prices are kept at such levels
because the unions are able to buy through the NUS Services consortium,
dependant on NUS membership.
Clubs and Societies
In both Higher and Further Education, unions fund clubs and societies which
can operate on both an educational and recreational level. They are essential
to expanding the educational experience of students while at college.
Ents is probably the service your membership know you the best for.
Whether it's organising an End of Term Disco, to a Battle of the Bands.
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