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University of Gloucestershire

Students' Union

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

The Students’ Union (SU) is run by students, for students, it’s the heart of student life at UoG. It’s a registered charity that sits separate from the University. It’s funded partly by the University and through revenue made from selling tickets, advertising space, UoG merchandise and other activities.

Once you enrol at UoG, you’ll automatically become a member of the SU. Once a member you can join a society or sports club, get support through the advice service, attend events, order official UoG merchandise and become a representative for other students.

Students weekend away


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.


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
  • Access top-class coaches and specialist training programmes
  • Be part of a driven and talented sports community
  • Represent UoG around the UK and overseas.

Find out more about our sports teams.

Students playing american football at the University
Students playing netball

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 wellbeing 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 a variety of events throughout the academic year.

These range from large-scale events such as September Welcome Fayre, held at the beginning of the academic year offering an opportunity for new students to learn more about the University and get involved in various clubs and societies.

Varsity, a competition between the University’s sports teams and those of rival institutions and Award Ceremonies to recognise and celebrate the achievements of students and student organisations.

Along with these larger events, the Students’ Union also hosts a variety of smaller events such as; quiz nights, drag nights, and open mic nights.

Additionally, the Students’ Union also works with sports teams and societies to organise student nights, which can include events such as game nights and social gatherings.

If you’re a student you can book an SU Space for your event below.

Students chatting in the SU

SU advice service

Our SU advice service provides impartial, confidential and independent advice to all students.

Whether you are looking for support understanding a university process, think you have been treated unfairly, need support through an appeals or complaint process or want support understanding your options, the independent SU Advice service is the place to turn.

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?

Seated students listening to a panel discussion

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 UoG.

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

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