We provide a wide and diverse range of activities and services for our members. On enrolment, you will automatically become a member. Please visit our site: www.winchesterstudents.co.uk
Harry Sampson, Student Union President 2016 - 2017
My name is Harry Sampson and I am honoured to have been elected your Student Union President this year. I am dedicated to providing you with a wide range of representation as well as great support for your studies and wellbeing. My job is to work for you by providing great opportunities, encouraging democracy and liaising with the University. The one-time tested piece of advice I can give to all Winchester students is to never be afraid and always to get involved.
Samuel Chivers , Vice President, Education 2016 - 2017
Hello! My name is Samuel Chivers and I'm delighted to be this year's Vice President Education. My role involves student engagement and all things academic, ranging from improvements to your courses and ensuring that you are able to get your voice heard during the course of the year. I believe that my position is to have a fresh and fair pair of eyes when dealing with particular situations and I am committed to the student experience here at Winchester.
I truly hope that your time at Winchester is as amazing as it was for me and that you get involved with all of the incredible things we have to offer as a Student Union such as sports and societies, the Student Academic Rep Scheme and Student Fellows and Student Listeners to name but a few.
Democracy in Action
As well as providing shops, bars and entertainment, the Union is a democratically run organisation. The President and Vice President are full-time sabbatical officers who are elected from amongst the students to oversee the smooth running of the Union and its services and to ensure that it responds to student demand.
They are aided by an Executive Committee and Student Union Senate all of whom are elected from, and are accountable to the student body. Continuity and professional expertise are provided by permanent staff, and there are opportunities for students to work in the bars, shop and as security stewards.
The Union provides welfare, academic advice and representation to students, and the President, along with part-time officers responsible for specific areas, has responsibility for coordinating this work. The President is also a Governor of the University and through the Union, students are represented on University Committees. The Union is there to support student appeals to the University. The Union runs campaigns each year, promoting student health and welfare issues.
Winchester Student Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS) and through the National Union is committed to giving students everywhere representation at the highest level and co-ordinating national campaigns on student issues.
Students are given the opportunity to attend national demonstrations and conferences on student issues and the right to be elected into national positions.
Clubs and Societies
The Union provides leisure and recreation activities for students. Sport is organised by the Vice President (Activities) and the Student Union Sports coordinator. The range of sports clubs is wide and includes football, rugby, cricket, hockey, basketball, netball, as well as ultimate frisbee, volleyball, skiing and many more.
There is a variety of clubs and societies which meet regularly, such as performing arts, film, radio, LGBT, archaeology, history and role-playing. New clubs and societies are always emerging as students form groups to carry out the activities they want to undertake.
Bars and shops
The Student Union has a special feel to it, providing a relaxed and secure environment for entertainment. The Vault received the NUS award Best Bar None confirming the venue to be a highly popular facility. Events take place regularly and include club nights, quizzes, comedy evenings, live music, promotions, multi-venue events and theme nights. Over the course of the year the Union organises larger events such as the Winton Reunion Weekend, Freshers, Christmas, Summer and Graduation Balls which often play host to top name acts. These events are hugely popular and always sell out very quickly.
The Union also runs shops and launderettes situated on King Alfred Campus and at West Downs. These commercial services provide value for money for students and income to support Union core activity.
The Student Union, above all, is about getting more from Winchester than just a qualification. Involvement is essential, whether that is as an officer, member of a club or society, or just as a user of the bar and laundry. The Student Union helps you do more!