A Welcome from your SU President
Hello and welcome to Worcester Students’ Union! I am your elected Student Union President and I am here for you should you need anything throughout your time here! You may not be aware, but even though you aren’t studying here you are still automatically a member of this SU as you are registered on a Worcester course. This means that you are just as entitled to any support and guidance we offer our students based here and so make sure you utilise it. When we hold elections you can use your vote, or you can participate in any campaigns we run throughout the academic year. If there is ever something you feel we as an SU should be focusing on just let us know and we can try our best to facilitate your needs!
This page is designed to give partner college students an overview of the services most relevant to them and point them to the right page to access that service.
The Students’ Union is an independent charity, devoted to the educational interests and welfare of all students studying at the University and our vision as a Union is ‘Supporting students to develop and achieve’ and we do this through 6 core values which are at the heart of everything we do here. These values are to be inspirational, professional, accountable, student-centred, positive and entertaining. We really value our partner college students and want to ensure you have the best student experience possible, so if at any time you feel there is more we could be doing for you – please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Enjoy yourselves and I look forward to hearing from you!
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Help and Advice
The Students' Union provides a free, independent, confidential and impartial advice service to all students of the University of Worcester, regardless of their place of study.
The advice service can help students prepare for meetings related to appeals, complaints, plagiarism, university disciplinaries, fitness to practice or any other university meeting where a student feels they would like support and advice.
To book an telephone or Skype advice appointment with our Academic and Welfare Advisor please contact the Students' Union Welcome Desk
Worcester Students' Union and the University of Worcester are committed to ensuring that all students, whereever they study, can influence and shape the course they study and enhance the learning experience for current and future students. For this to happen, every year of every course should have at least two Student Academic Reps (StARs) elected by students to represent their views and concerns and to make suggestions about how their course might be improved. Many courses delivered by partner institutions will have StARs but depending on the type of partnership you may have reps that are part of your institutions scheme.
James Gunther your elected Vice President Education, is the primary contact within the SU for StARs and is responsible for promoting and supporting the StARs system. You can contact James at email@example.com
You can find our pages on StARs here
Who can volunteer?
All students, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, part-time or full-time, home or international, are more than welcome to get involved with one the many charities and organisations we work with. Even if you are based at one of local partner colleges but our studying a University of Worcester course you can get involved. You can find our volunteering pages here.
Are you volunteering?
If you aren’t sure if what you are already doing is volunteering, here the Worcester Students’ Union we define volunteering as the following: “An unpaid activity that involves spending time doing something that aims to benefit the environment, the local community or someone (individuals or groups) through a charity or third sector organisation.” We do not consider it volunteering if the placement is a requirement of your course, or if it is for a for-profit organisation as this is considered an unpaid internship. Please also be aware that any down-time you have whilst volunteering, such as time spent sleeping, cannot be used on the V-Record (especially relevant to volunteering like Scout/Guide camps or residential trips).
The V-Record is a volunteering recognition system - it allows us to reward you for the fantastic work that you do for the SU, University and community. It is easy to record all the volunteering hours you undertake each academic year. All you need to do is fill in the online record and your hours are stored safely on our system - make sure you leave your volunteering supervisor contact details so that we can verify your hours for the HEAR.
The Students' Union offers recognition certificates at five stages for any student completing the V-Record:
- 20 hour award Recognition of Volunteering
- 50 hour award Achievement in Volunteering
- 100 hour award Distinction in Volunteering
- 200 hour award Excellence in Volunteering
- 500 hour award Exceptional Attainment in Volunteering
Clubs and Societies
Here at Worcester Students’ Union we have a vast range of Sports Clubs and Societies that you can get involved in, as long as you are studying a University of Worcester course. If you are studying at a partner closer to Worcester you may want to get involved. You can find full details here
The Students' Union offers you a great chance to escape the every-day and throw yourself into other pursuits by providing a range of over 30 Societies. And with over 30 Sports Clubs, there is a great social platform in which to meet students who share your sporting interests. Many of our clubs and teams compete nationally against other Universities; however, if competitive sport isn't for you, there are also a number of recreational opportunities or social memberships on offer as well. So whether you’re serious about sport or just want to take part recreationally, there will be something for you.