With 22,000 members across 38 colleges and six permanent private halls to represent, understanding how OUSU fits in with the collegiate structure can be tricky – especially when you’ve got a JCR or MCR working for you in your college!
OUSU’s role is twofold: providing a voice where your individual common room (JCR/MCR) cannot, and supporting your common room officers to deliver wins within your college.
OUSU deals with university-wide issues like fee waiver and bursary negotiations, representation on national debates surrounding higher education and its funding, liaising with the local council and much, much more. Our Student Advice Service provides free, impartial and confidential advice for students experiencing problems in Oxford, whether related to academia, welfare or other matters.
At a common room level, we provide support and training for officers on issues like rent, equality and diversity, academic feedback. Many of us have backgrounds in Common Room committees, and therefore, have a lot of experience to help out your committee who represent you within your college.
OUSU Council is like a student parliament where representatives from your college come to vote on issues that can be put forward by any student – whether it’s a motion asking for funding to go to a higher education demonstration or mandating your officers to write to the local MP, anyone can come to speak for or against a motion. It’s the equivalent of a JCR/MCR meeting, but for the entire student body.
Remember: beyond all the technical matters, we’re ultimately here to improve your student experience – so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has a long and proud tradition of supporting students, dating back to 1929. Its initial members were Auckland, Victoria, Canterbury and Otago, and to begin with it was known as the New Zealand National Union of Students (NZNUS).
It became incorporated as the NZ University Students’ Association in 1939 and as the NZ Union of Students’ Associations after a merger with the Aotearoa Polytechnic Students’ Union in 2006.
The National Union of Students (NUS) is the peak representative body for undergraduate students in Australia.
NUS works to protect the rights of students across Australia, organises national campaigns on issues affecting students in a range of different areas, and makes sure that the student voice is heard by government, the media, and the public.
Make here your student of UNE, valid throughout the national territory, which guarantees the right half of the entry into cultural and sports activities. Learn which also make your wallet in your state, know more about this right, and still know aa network of student discounts on many other services across the country.
National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) is the largest democratic and secular student organization in the world that represents the aspirations of millions of students. NSUI, since its formation on 9th April 1971, has been motivating young minds and leading the torch of student activism. We have always been in the forefront to protect the rights and interest of student community irrespective of caste, religion, gender, and status in society.
NSUI has embarked on a revolutionary journey which will see young leaders emerge from the grass root. The doors of NSUI are open to everyone and the process of electing and grooming young leaders is on. NSUI, at present, has a million plus registered members, 45000 elected office bearers at different levels and 7500 college committees across the country. Our motto of Student Welfare is achieved through this grand network of members and young leaders.
CASA is a national voice for Canada’s post-secondary students. The most important thing CASA does for students is advocating on their behalf to the federal government and inter-provincial bodies such as Council of Ministers of Education (CMEC) and the Council of the Federation. When Canada’s leaders make decisions affecting our post-secondary education system they turn to CASA for solutions.
Develop and research realistic and pragmatic Policy
Successful lobbying and advocacy starts with research and policy development. CASA researches the issues facing students and develops creative, pragmatic solutions. All policies are developed and reviewed by CASA members, ensuring government hears the true voice of students. CASA has four main Policy Principles:
CASA believes that any academically qualified student with the desire to pursue post-secondary education should not face a barrier – financial, social, political, physical, cultural, or otherwise.
CASA believes that students should not accumulate an unreasonable or insupportable amount of debt in the pursuit of a post-secondary education or in continuing such an education.
CASA believes in a post-secondary education system that has sustainable research programs across all disciplines, with the benefits of such research shared across all levels of the student body.
CASA believes in a quality public post-secondary education system that is properly funded, effective and accountable; and co-operatively maintained and enhanced by the federal and provincial governments.
The student members of the United States Student Association work together with a vision for a just society in which generations of representative leaders understand their power and engage and empower diverse communities to create social change.
The United States Student Association, the country’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive national student-led organization, develops current and future leaders and amplifies the student voice at the local, state, and national levels by mobilizing grassroots power to win concrete victories on student issues.
The United States Student Association Foundation ensures the pipeline of effective student leadership by facilitating education, training and other development opportunities at national, state, and local levels in advocating for issues that affect students.
The vision and these missions are predicated on the following:
Core Belief Statement
USSA believes that education is a right and should be accessible for any student regardless of their socio-economic background and identity. We believe people who are affected directly by issues of access to higher education should be the ones identifying the solutions that make education accessible to them. Therefore, USSA is dedicated to training, organizing, and developing a base of student leaders who are utilizing those skills to engage in expanding access to higher education and advancing the broader movement for social justice.
The European Students’ Union (ESU) is the umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 39 countries (December 2012). The NUSes are open to all students in their respective country regardless of political persuasion, religion, ethnic or cultural origin, sexual orientation or social standing. Our members are also student-run, autonomous, representative and operate according to democratic principles.
The aim of ESU
The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Bologna Follow Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO. Through its members, ESU represents over 11 million students in Europe.
ESU works to bring together, resource, train and inform national student representatives on policy developments in higher education at the European level. Since decisions concerning higher education are increasingly taken at the European level, ESU’s role as the only European-wide student platform is similarly growing. ESU’s work centres around supporting its members through organising seminars, training, campaigns and conferences relevant to students, conducting European-wide research, partnership projects and campaigns, providing information services and producing a variety of publications. for both students, policy-makers and higher education professionals.
USI is the national representative body for Ireland’s 354,000 students in third level education. We are a membership organisation – our members are our affiliated Students’ Unions around Ireland, North and South.
The National Union of Students (NUS) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students’ unions.
We are a confederation of 600 students’ unions, amounting to more than 95% of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through our member students’ unions, we represent the interests of more than seven million students.
We promote, defend and extend the rights of students and develop and champion strong students’ unions.
SUSU is run by students for students. Whether standing in a trustee election, voting for change, running a campaign to make a real difference to students’ lives, proposing motions to Union Council, or just joining a society, it is you who makes SUSU what it is.
Queen’s Students’ Union is the representative body of all Queen’s students. Our role is to provide a range of student focused services that meet and exceed your expectations as a member. From the moment you begin your time at Queen’s we want to be able to provide you with whatever it is you need to make your time at university worthwhile, enjoyable and filled with new experiences. We want you to shake your funky stuff to the world class sounds coming from our live gigs, we want you to laugh your socks off at our comedy nights, to earn a few quid in one of our part time jobs, we want to advise and support you on any financial, welfare or housing issues and we want to represent you when times get really tough.
The University of Birmingham Guild of Students (previously Birmingham University Guild of Students; BUGS) is the officially recognised body which represents around 28,000 students at the University of Birmingham. The Guild functions as a students’ union as per the Education Act of 1994. It is an independent organisation and not legally connected to the University.
The Students’ Union is the social hub of the University. Whatever you need during your time as a student, from a quick Starbucks coffee in our new social learning suite during lecture breaks, to joining one of our 200 clubs and societies, to watching a gig or your favourite band, having the odd alcoholic beverage or two, to support and advice, a part-time job, or just a place to chill out with your friends, the Union’s got it covered.
Queen Mary Students Union is a democratic membership organisation that is the voice of all queen Mary students. The Union ensures that the College and the wider community are listening to what students want and works to improve students’ experience. The Union is led by students across Queen Mary. Every Queen Mary student is automatically a member of the Union and has a say in how it is run through elections and their representatives.
The Union provides a number of student-run activities, like sports clubs, societies, student media and volunteering. As well as student-led events and services in Mile End and Whitechapel including a sport and fitness centre and several shops and venues.
Your AUSA will make a positive difference to the Student Experience at the University of Aberdeen
To be strong in our values and principles
To be Student led.
To be democratic.
To embed equality and diversity in all procedures, practices and activities of AUSA.
To ensure sustainability is embedded into all AUSA activities and practices.
To be environmentally conscious.
To provide value for money.
If you are a UCL student, you automatically become a member of UCLU during enrolment. Membership is free of charge.
You can opt out of membership (or opt back in) by contacting the Democracy & Communications Officer. If you have opted out of membership you will not be able to access some parts of our website, purchase online memberships to clubs and societies and most importantly you will not be able to vote in our elections.
EUSA are here to represent students. Their views, their voice, their University experience. We also provide support through student services, volunteering opportunities and trained advisers.
This is part-funded by our award-winning events team, bringing the best artists and clubnights to our 4 celebrated venues. And since we’re a registered charity and Student Association, we’re happy to share our annual reports and business reports here, too.
CUSU is your Students’ Union. It exists to represent your interests and ensure you have a say in how you experience University, whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate. Every Cambridge student is automatically a member of Cambridge University Students’ Union – and that includes you.
CUSU works by bringing together students from all colleges and departments to campaign for positive change in Cambridge. As well as CUSU, you also are also represented at College level by JCRs and MCRs, and by elected student reps in your Faculties.