Top 8 things to know about a students' union

Tuesday 06-08-2019 - 12:13

If you're getting ready to join us in September, you might be wondering what a students' union actually is...


You're automatically a member

That's right, you don't have to do anything to become a member of The Students' Union. As soon as you register at the University, you’re automatically a member of the Students’ Union. It doesn’t cost you a penny and there is no sign up needed. Welcome to the family!

Run by students, for students

Students' unions are run by student officers who are voted into office by students each year. They are here to represent you to all levels of the University and make sure your voices are heard! Many students' unions (including us) will also have student representatives, who exist to represent students at course level, raising problems, as well as successes with the Union and University. There are also a network of part-time portfolio officers who look after a number of student groups who may need that extra representation, including LGBTQ+, BAME, Postgraduate etc. Voluntary officers work with the full-time officers to represent student groups; helping to develop and enhance your student experience. 

Independent of the University and work entirely for you!

Students' unions are member-led organisations, run separately from the University. They exist to support, represent and inspire the students; ensuring you are given all the opportunities to succeed during your time at University. 

Free, independent advice 

Students' unions have their own advice service, providing free, independent and impartial advice on a whole range of issues. These include University, housing, money and general advice. So if you encounter any problems during your time at Brookes, our Advice Service team are here to help you. 


Societies are like mini communities that bring students together with similar interests. Have a look at your Union’s website to see if there are any groups which you would like to get involved in. Joining a society is a great way to meet new people who share your interests and enrich your time at University. Here at Brookes, we currently support over 100 groups, sharing interests from Jazz to Japanese and from Law to LGBT; you’re sure to find something that interests you. Can’t find a society that caters to your interests? Why not start your own! 


Students' unions run a whole host of campaigns, with a mission is to make life better for students at University. The elected student officers are trained to lead, run and support campaigns! Brookes Union campaign on a range of issues that affect students both locally, and nationally, from wellbeing; helping to raise awareness of mental health issues, and working to break down stigma, to campaigning for fair and affordable student housing. 

Get involved with the Union

There are endless ways you can get involved with your students' union. Opportunities include society involvement, volunteering, charitable fundraising, campaigning, standing as a student representative or Officer, plus more. Whatever opportunities you take, as an SU, Brookes Union helps to support you achieve your goals. 

Social Media 

Most students' unions have a presence on social media, where students can follow and stay updated! Start following Brookes Union on Twitter @BrookesUnion, Instagram brookesunion and Facebook @BrookesUnion. 


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