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Students' Union

Run by students, for students, the SU aims to improve university experiences and make student life exceptional.

University of Gloucestershire Students’ Union

The Students’ Union (SU) is a registered charity and sits as a separate organisation to the university. It’s funded partly by the university and partly through revenue made from selling tickets, advertising space, merchandise through the SU Shop and other activities. There is a SU office on every university campus so you can pop in for a visit at any time to get information, advice or if you just fancy a chat!

As a university student, you will be automatically enrolled as a member of our SU. Run by students, for students, the SU aims to improve university experiences and make student life exceptional! Our SU exists to:

SU officers on Freshers' Fair Societies stall


No matter what your interests or passions are there is a society that will suit you because if there isn’t, then you can just create one, with full support from the SU team.

Join like-minded people exploring fun activities and subjects. It might be an activity you’ve done for years, or maybe you feel like trying something new. Societies are free and open to everyone, so you can pop along whenever you like. 

From course-based societies to fun hobbies, there are so many to get involved in. Don’t see one you like? You can start a new society with just three people!

Find out more about our societies.

Aports team members lined up in University of Gloucestershire sports hall


If you’ve played professional sport and you’re keen to play more, or if you believe you have the talent and drive to be a professional player, this area of university sport is for you.

  • Play as part of a professional or competitive sports team and compete in BUCS leagues
  • Have the opportunity for Olympic or Commonwealth Games success
  • Access top-class coaches and specialist training programmes
  • Be part of a driven and talented sports community
  • Represent the University of Gloucestershire around the UK and overseas

Find out more about our sports teams.

Play for fun

If you love sports and playing non-competitively, we have different membership levels and teams available so that you can get involved however you want. It’s a great way to get fit and active, de-stress after studying, connect with new social groups, and improve your health and well-being while having a lot of fun! You can even set up your own team or activity if the sport you love isn’t currently represented. This is your chance to meet lifelong friends, develop skills and experiences for your CV and enrich your university experience.

Social events and activities

The SU runs loads of events (online and in person) across Welcome for you to get involved in. Highlights include the outdoor cinema, comedy and music nights and the fayre where you can meet the students who run our sports and societies, as well as commercial and volunteer organisations and university support groups.

Throughout the year we then run regular SU events and work with sports and societies to run student nights. We also work closely with local nightclubs to offer exclusive promotions for UoG students such as Moo Moo’s BlueNBlue Night.

Seated students listening to a panel discussion

Elections – time to vote

The SU is run by elected officers and representatives, giving you the opportunity to stand and vote for change with multiple elections throughout the year. Elected students have the ability and passion to drive change. From leading campaigns to raising awareness of student issues, elected students have an opportunity to advance and advocate for causes important to all students.

Elections season takes place between September and March with the following roles available:

Course Rep – September
Experience Officer – October
Full-Time Officer – February

Look out on our socials for more information on each election opportunity. What difference will you make to the student experience?

Student Reps – enhance the quality of your learning

Our Student Rep scheme is hugely valued by the Students’ Union and the university because it enables us to hear from you. Students who take part have the opportunity to report back about courses, subject communities and the wider student experience. This helps to influence change and improvements, shaping the way things are done here at the University of Gloucestershire.

The scheme involves the following: Your Students’ Union, Subject Reps, Course Reps, University Partners.

Develop essential skills for your CV

The Students’ Union offers numerous opportunities for every student. Develop your skills and gain experience for your CV (with the option of being paid) through the SU’s JobShop, offering opportunities, volunteering or community work and projects, within the SU and other organisations.

Alongside playing sports, our students scale the heights as coaches, referees and managers who have made long lasting contributions in their disciplines. This is a great way to enhance your CV, make some money and do something that you’re passionate about.

Find out more and get in touch

For more information or to see for yourself what the Students’ Union offers to students at the University of Gloucestershire, visit the website at; get in touch by email at or call 01242 714360.