Student Networks

Our Student Networks are places where students can campaign and build communities together.

Students Networks are autonomous representative groups who Brookes Union recognises have been historically marginalised within the student body and wider society. Any student who self-defines as a member of a marginalised group can join a network, and can access funding for campaign ideas.

Click on the squares below to join the network:

The Women’s Network, LGBT+ Network, BIPOC Network, Black Students Network and Disabled Students Network all have elected Chairs who sit on Brookes Union’s Equality and Diversity Exec.

Any student who self-defines as a member of one of these groups is welcome to become a member of the respective network.

In addition, we also host a Postgrad Network, Mature Students Network, and Environmental Network. If you belong to one of these groups, or are interested in campaigning around the issue of the environment, you can become a member of one of these networks.

Students can be a member of as many networks as they want, so long as they self-define into the relevant group!

Each network is made up of:

  • Students who self-define into that group
  • An elected Chair
  • Campaign organisers
  • Any other positions the network decides to elect

Networks aim to combat oppression, discrimination and inequality faced by students. There is a campaign budget available to all networks, and students can submit campaign ideas for how that money is spent throughout the year. These ideas will be voted on at the first meeting of the semester, and funding will be allocated to help groups win the chosen campaign.

Networks are a brilliant place to start organising for change, as well as to meet and connect with other students from similar backgrounds. Networks are places where you can achieve real change and learn to become a campaigner, as well as a place to build community and belonging. Student Networks play an essential role in holding Brookes Union and OBU to account on issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Do you have an idea for a campaign?

Submit your idea here.

If enough students vote for it, we'll fund you and help you make it a reality.

Learn how to run your campaign

Our campaigns hub is a comprehensive guide to the system: Visit the Campaigns Hub

Some of the things networks do include:

  • Managing a campaign budget throughout the year.
  • Being the main representative body for marginalised students within Brookes Union.
  • Campaigning for change to combat oppression and discrimination in both the students’ union and university.
  • Raising awareness of issues that liberation groups face and the contribution that those students bring to OBU.
  • Organising events and activities tailored to that group of students.
  • Providing a safe space environment to discuss experiences of homophobia, racism, misogyny, transphobia, ableism and more.
  • Holding the university and students’ union to account on issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.

How can I get involved?

Don’t see your community group represented? Tell us what community/network you would like to see by emailing su.representation@brookes.ac.uk and we will help you get one started!