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Welcome to the Students' Union

The University of Cumbria Students’ Union (UCSU) is a student-led charity, representing the views and interests of our 10,000 members; the students at the University of Cumbria.

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Welcome to UCSU! You are now a member of both UCSU and the National Union of Students (NUS). Together, we’ll put you in the driving seat of your education.

Our motto, ‘Supporting and representing you to achieve your ambitions,’ is at the heart of every action we take and decision we make – our job is to help you make the most out of your university experience. Whether you’re a full time undergraduate, or a distance learner mature student, we ensure that your voice is heard and that you can see how your views shape the University of Cumbria.

UCSU’s team of elected Sabbatical Officers work around the clock to enhance your time at university, and using the Student Academic Reps system, we aim to ensure your education is a first-class experience. 

All UCSU officers and staff are passionate about helping you get the most out of your time at the University of Cumbria, wherever you’re based. We’re always happy to welcome students in to our offices in Lancaster and both Carlisle sites – come and say hello!  

We also have a programme of ‘UCSU 2U’ events throughout the academic year, ensuring we maintain a regular presence at each of the smaller campus sites as well.  Our website – www.ucsu.me provides a virtual ‘hub’ where everyone can access all of the opportunities and services we provide whenever and wherever you need to.   

But we aren’t just here to represent your views to the university and beyond. We’re responsible for organising all sorts of events, from Welcome Festival right through to Graduation to help you enjoy your time outside of the classroom as well as in it. Our popular weekly club nights in Lancaster and Carlisle are a great way to meet new friends and unwind after a long week of studying. Our annual Success Awards give you the chance to nominate your favourite lecturer or fellow student who you feel deserves the recognition and appreciation they might otherwise never get.

Get involved

Four Guys Playing FootballTo find out how to get involved with UCSU through student groups, sports teams, volunteering or event organising, how we can help you, buying your NUS Extra Card for great student discounts, or to check out our upcoming events and activities, simply visit www.ucsu.me, and be sure to find us on Facebook, which we keep up to date with the latest news, offers and opportunities all day, every day.

As part of the National Union of Students (NUS) we are part of a voice of students across the UK, campaigning for the changes you think are important. So, if you have any ideas for enhancing your university experience, big or small, get in touch with us, and together we’ll strive to make the changes you want to see.

Through UCSU you can get involved in all sorts of fun activities and events. From volunteering in the Lake District to partying all night long with your mates, or starting a new sports club to raising money for your favourite charity; we are here for you, in all aspects of your university experience.

Volunteering and sport are two things we’re particularly ‘big’ on at UCSU. Our proximity to the beautiful Lake District as well as community projects in the cities of Lancaster and Carlisle mean that there are countless opportunities throughout the year to get out and about and make the most of our wonderful locations. 

If you are a distance learner, on placement or studying at one of University of Cumbria’s smaller sites, you can still get involved with UCSU – whether that’s taking on a volunteering project, starting a new club or society, or gaining access to our information and advocacy service, we’re here for ALL our members. Simply email student.union@cumbria.ac.uk to get in touch about absolutely anything.

Information and advice

Sometimes things don’t always go to plan, but don’t panic! UCSU offers a friendly, free and independent information and advocacy service - whether it’s a question about an assignment, course issues, non-academic problems or you just want an informal chat, UCSU is there to make sure you can bounce back.

We hope you’ll enjoy your time at the University of Cumbria, and remember, whatever it is you want to get involved in, or whatever problems you may experience – academic or otherwise, UCSU is here to help you get the best university experience possible!

UCSU is made up of you, so… get involved, speak out and make a change.  We promise your time at university will be an unforgettable experience.   Together, we’ll make the most of it.

Best wishes from Team UCSU.