University of Cumbria Students' Union

Hi! Welcome to UCSU, a student-led charity independent of the university, representing the views and interests of over 9,000 students at the University of Cumbria.

As soon as you start university, you automatically become a member of UCSU. UCSU is also affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS) meaning you’re a voice amongst many students across the UK.

Supporting you and representing you to achieve your ambitions

...is at the heart of UCSU. It is important that your voice is heard and that you have the opportunity to shape your student experience at the University of Cumbria. The way we work is underpinned by these values:

Friendly – Enjoying working with and for you!

Member led – UCSU service, opportunities and activities are informed by what matters to you!

Excellent – Always striving to achieve the very best for you

Inclusive – Relevant to, involving of and accessible for you!

UCSU operates three full time offices – at both Carlisle sites and the Lancaster campus. The services and opportunities provided by UCSU are open to all students regardless of location, and are accessible via our website.

Introducing your full-time elected officer Team for 2016-17...

Your full-time team of elected officers are here to enhance your education, your student life and your career in a number of different ways...

Theresa Pellegrino – Academic Officer

Rowan Cooper-Gritten - Welfare and Support Officer

Bethany Cutter  - Community and Partnership Officer

Course Reps

Enhance your student experience and course satisfaction through providing constructive feedback to tutors to bring about positive change relating to your course. We support 500 course reps each year. If you’re interested in taking on this role or would like to know more, please visit www.me/yourvoice or email katia.riley@cumbria.ac.uk.

Student support

Sometimes things don’t always go to plan in your studies or student life. UCSU caseworkers are here to help with academic and student welfare issues. Every year we support nearly 400 students and 100% of students who fed back to us about the service said they would recommend it! Visit www.ucsu.me/support for more information or email suadvice@cumbria.ac.uk if you require support.

Volunteering and ECO UCSU

If you’re looking to meet new people, develop skills or want to make a difference, visit www.ucsu.me/volunteering to register and create your volunteering profile or email kati.brown@cumbria.ac.uk for more information. If you’re short on time, perhaps our one-day events would be of interest!

UCSU groups & societies

The classic University Experience awaits you through many sports, teams, societies, study groups, faith groups and much more. Over 700 students are members of UCSU Groups - find out more and try new things at www.ucsu.me/groups or email rob.ward@cumbria.ac.uk

UCSU Panel

Where Your Ideas can come to Life - Make a difference by visiting www.ucsu.me/yourvoice and find out about the Panel, how to stand for election in October, to represent students and how to submit Your Ideas to the Panel to improve your student experience!

Elected officer elections

Fancy a one-year full time post, leading UCSU? It’s great opportunity to develop professional skills; negotiating, leadership and management, communication, representation and loads more! Find out more at www.ucsu.me/yourvoice and keep an eye out for these elections from February.

UCSU merchandise

If you’d like to buy a hoodie, check out www.ucsu.me/eshop for all the latest UCSU hoodies, t-shirts and more or pop in to one of our offices.

NUS and NUS Extra

You can save loads of money on fashion, food, travel, insurance and so much more by getting an NUS Extra Card. This is the best discount card for students and you can start saving straight away. Find out more about the discounts and how to order your card at www.nus.org.uk

UCSU would love to hear from you and here’s how:

Twitter: @cumbriasu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cumbriasu

Visit: www.ucsu.me

Drop in and see us at the UCSU offices:  Ground Floor, Learning Gateway Fusehill Street Campus, Ground floor Gateway Building, Lancaster Campus and Long Corridor, Brampton Road Campus

Call us on: +44(0)1228 616272 (Carlisle) or +44(0)1524 590810 (Lancaster)

Email: students.union@cumbria.ac.uk